Other Fellow First Hosts 3rd Annual Turkey Drive
Collection for Community Food Bank of NJ takes place Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. outside Summit Diner.
The Other Fellow First Foundation will be sponsoring a turkey drive Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. outside the Summit Diner for the third straight year.
All of the food and monies collected will be donated to the Community Food Bank of NJ, run by Summit resident Kathleen di Chiara.
In the last two years, Other Fellow First foundation has collected 7 tons of frozen turkeys, 3.5 tons of groceries and more than $65,600 in cash donations. No other city participating in the event has come close to matching Summit's generosity.
But this year, the need for donations is greater than ever.
di Chiara said 800,000 New Jersey residents live at or below the federal poverty level for a family of four of $21,200.00. As the struggling state economy continues to labor under daunting headwinds, the demands on the Community Food Bank continue to grow.
Despite the fact that she distributes over 2,000,000 pounds of food a month, she cannot keep up with the demand from the more than 1,500 non-profit organizations that the Food Bank serves.
"Between 2007 and 2009 the number of people turning to the charities we suppot has increased 67 percent," di Chiara said.
Mayor Jordan Glatt is also calling on residents to contribute to the cause again this year.
"80 percent of life is just showing up," Glatt said in a press release about this year's drive. "Summit is different from other NJ zip codes because Summit residents show up when it comes to helping other less fortunate New Jersey neighbors."
For families unable to drop off their contributions between 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the Summit Diner, there will be a truck and volunteers at the Jewish Community Center on Kent Place Boulevard earlier Sunday morning between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.