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Commissioner Soloway joins Congressman Tom Kean at Flemington Area Food Pantry to volunteer

FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Hunterdon County Commissioner Susan Soloway along with Congressman Tom Kean Jr., joined Jeannine Gorman, Executive Director for the Flemington Food Pantry, and volunteers at the Flemington Area Food Pantry Annex, located at 99 Route 31 South, on Saturday to assist with the receipt of food donations and stock shelves in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.

“The Flemington Area Food Pantry has a forefront mission to provide assistance to the vulnerable and underserved populations in our community. Hunger is a significant issue, and the grant funds from the federal American Rescue Fund help the Food Pantry to address food insecurity for residents by supporting distribution of food and other items to families and individuals in, especially our senior residents. Volunteering today was a great opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way!,” Soloway said.

On January 18, 2022, the Commissioner Board awarded the Flemington Area Food Pantry a grant of $77,851 in American Rescue Fund money toward the expansion of its facility. Additional funding for the Annex was given through a generous grant from the USDA, all investments that helped to cover the cost of a walk-in freezer, pallet mover and a generator for the new Annex.

The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in Hunterdon County who are food insecure.

Although food insecurity is a national problem, there are approximately 126,000 residents in Hunterdon County, and an estimated 5,000 have an income below the poverty level. Many of these residents, including children and infants, don’t have access to enough food without some form of assistance.

The Pantry provides supplemental groceries to approximately 1,600 qualified Hunterdon County families.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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