LOWER TOWNSHIP — Local food banks are facing a higher demand than normal and are asking for help from the public.

“I’ve asked the people of this community on several occasions to step up and help the less fortunate during these tough economic times with donations of nonperishable foods, and they have always stepped up,” said Lower Township Manager Mike Voll.

A barrel in the lobby of Township Hall is available for food donations at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. Township Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Items such as powdered milk, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat and beans, spaghetti sauce and instant oatmeal are needed. Food donations will be collected by the Lower Township Rescue Squad and distributed to the St. Barnabas by-the-Bay Church and Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene food pantries.  

Those who prefer to make a cash donation in lieu of proving nonperishable food may make checks payable to Lower Township Rescue Squad and denote that it should go to the food bank.

“The rescue squad will use the donations to purchase food during these tough economic times,” Voll said.

Contact Richard Degener:

609-463-6711

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.