The Press is compiling a list of service and religious groups, organizations and clubs collecting food for the needy. A list of collection centers will be posted on our Facebook page and included in the ongoing series “Growing Up Hungry.” Email information to email@example.com.
Sister Jean’s Kitchen in Atlantic City is in need of turkeys for the Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving donations are being collected 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 during “Off The Press with Scott Cronick” at Chickie’s & Pete’s in Egg Harbor Township. What to bring: Frozen turkeys and hams, nonperishable items — especially canned soups, meals in a can, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, canned meats, cereal, pasta, rice and holiday items such as stuffing in a box, canned cranberry or cash.
Thanksgiving Frozen Turkey Drive in Egg Harbor Township: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Sunday, November 13 through November 20.
“FILL A BAG, FEED A FAMILY,” Thanksgiving Food and Turkey Drive to benefit Community Food Bank. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Sunday School youth are collecting non-perishable food items and frozen turkeys to benefit the Community Food Bank. Donations and drop offs at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. Contact Father George Liacopulos at 609 653-8092 ext. 4 or Lisa Mitoulis at 609 653-8092 ext. 5. For further information, visit holytrinityeggharbor.com.
The Barnegat Food Pantry is looking for Thanksgiving donations. The pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call the pantry at 609-698-7174.
The Thanks 4 Giving 5K Runraiser in southern Ocean County to raise funds for local food banks is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 26 in Beach Haven. Proceeds from the race will be donated to pantries in Ocean County. The cost is $27 for adults and $17 for anyone younger than 18. Online pre-registration available.
Last year, Jewish Family Service, based in Margate, provided meals to hundreds of local families with its holiday turkey drive and hopes to feed even more this year. The community can help by:
Donating a meal: A donation of $30 or more provides a family with a Butterball or kosher turkey (upon request) plus holiday trimmings.
Filling a bag: Each meal JFS provides is complete with side dishes. Fill a bag with one of each of the following: macaroni and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes’ gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans, corn or yams. Along with each bag, a $20 donation allows the family to purchase a turkey to complete the meal. Gift cards to grocery stores also are welcome.
Hosting a drive: Any business, organization, community group or school can host its own collection to benefit the JFS Drive and feed local families in need.
Need a turkey? Call 609-822-1108 and ask for an intake representative. To feed a family in need, donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made at www.jfsatlantic.org. If you are a business, school, organization, etc., and would like to host a Turkey Drive collection, contact Beth Joseph at 609-822-7409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc of Atlantic County’s Annual Holiday Partners Program is seeking community donors to make the holidays a little brighter for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Atlantic County. The Arc has teamed up with Tilton Fitness and Wellness to host a Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 21. Members of Tilton Fitness and Wellness, along with the staff and the general public are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to any of the three Tilton Fitness locations in Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township or Mays Landing. Items most needed are canned vegetables, fruits, ready-to-eat meals (soup, stew, chili, pasta, tuna, chicken), peanut butter, dried beans, rice or legumes, low-sugar/whole-grain cereals, healthy snacks, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing, spices, vegetable oil and other items used to prepare meals. (Please, no items in glass containers.) Bright blue recycling containers, courtesy of the ACUA, are located in each of the clubs’ main lobbies. For more information, call Mary Ruley Moyer, Arc director of development and community outreach, at 609-485-0800, ext. 135, or email email@example.com.
Thanksgiving basket program: Mainland Regional High School students, staff and community volunteers need donations of money, canned goods, paper products, toiletries and other items to provide Thanksgiving baskets for at least 10 Mainland families in need. Volunteers will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 to assemble and distribute the baskets. If you can help, email Michele Fama at firstname.lastname@example.org, Judi Latina at jlatina at mainlandregional.net or Marisa McDole at email@example.com.
The Atlantic County Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast at Historic Smithville Inn in Galloway Township will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22. The event will draw business leaders, elected officials, first responders and clergy to give thanks and pray together.