You would recall that my wife Amelia and I hosted the New Democrats annual holiday party and canned food drive for the purpose of helping to address the problem of hunger in our city. This annual event is held in celebration of the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am happy to report that we were able to collect over a ton of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. All items collected were recently turned over to the Starfish Food Pantry, right here in Plainfield.
As the issue of hunger is an ongoing one in our city as well as the nation at large, some of you expressed an interest in knowing how to contact the food banks and soup kitchens in the city so that you could donate year-round. Below is a list of several, for your information.
Amelia and I and the New Democrats would like to thank all of you who donated to such a worthy cause. Together, Plainfield, we made a difference in many people’s lives.
Click below for the link below for the food pantries located throughout the county:
PLAINFIELD PANTRIES/SOUP KITCHENS
ADDITION: Thanks to Siddeeq El-Amin:
MUSLIM COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHENSite: 325 Grant Avenue, Plainfield.
Hours: Every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Contact Person: Faheemah S. El-Amin
Phone: 908-561-6797 or 908-447-3033 cell
Food Needs: non-perishable, non-pork products
Hours: open last five days of every month (except Sundays): 11:30am-1pm
Contact: Mary Jo Buck
This site provides a soup kitchen.
Food Needs: any kind of food
Volunteer Needs: driver with car to pick up supplies, occasional help in food preparation and serving
Volunteer Requirements: age 15 and over
Special Needs: toiletries, laundry soaps, used clothing
HOMEFIRST INTERFAITH HOUSING AND FAMILY SERVICES
Mail: P.O. Box 569, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Phone: 908-753-4001 x13 (Ellen McGovern, Executive Director)
Phone: 908-753-4001C x16 (Brenda Myrick)
Phone: 908-753-4001 x12 (Amy Van Pelt)
Phone: 908-753-4001 x20 (Susan Oldroyd-Laffler)
Hours: Office - Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Contact: Brenda L. Myrick
This site provides a shelter at a network of congregations in Union County, transitional housing, rental assistance, child care, a camp, education, budget management, and advocacy.
Volunteer Needs: committee members - Call Amy Van Pelt for details.
Volunteer Requirements: Call Amy Van Pelt for details.
Special Needs: funding and other needs; Call Susan Oldroyd-Laffler for details.
PLAINFIELD AREA YMCA
Hours: Office – 9am-4pm
Shelter - 24/7
Contact: Teresa McCoy
This site provides an emergency shelter.
Food Needs: breakfast and dinner foods
Volunteer Needs: need for churches and other groups to prepare meals and serve to residents
Volunteer Requirements: Contact site.
Special Needs: Contact Teresa.
Hours: some holiday closings – Contact site.
Office – 9am-4pm
Food Pantry: Tues & Thurs: 9:30-11:30am & 1-2:30pm
Soup Kitchen: Mon-Fri: 12-12:45pm
Contact: Captain Henry Thibault, Donald Nichols
This site provides a food pantry, a soup kitchen, church services in English and Spanish, and referral to alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs.
Food Needs: non-perishables and perishables
Volunteer Needs: office assistance, servers, clean-up, packers
Volunteer Requirements: age 18 and older
Special Needs: storage space, monetary donations, restaurant supply equipment, microwave, paper goods
STARFISH FOOD PANTRY, INC. OF PLAINFIELD AT COVENANT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Mail: P.O. Box 2822, Plainfield, NJ 07062
Contact: Lynda Stanbach or Edna Shanok
Food Needs: non-perishables
Volunteer Needs: food packers, drivers
Volunteer Requirements: license for drivers
Special Needs: cash donations for perishables and transportation for food