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Gottheimer visits local community non-profit in Newton

NEWTON, NJ — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited local community non-profit organization Benny’s Bodega — a 501(c)(3) that offers hard-working residents who are struggling with basic needs items free of charge.

Benny’s Bodega, located at 168 Spring Street, was founded by Benjamin Davey, a social worker with the Sussex County Division of Child Protection and Permanency. He started collecting donations of goods in his office for the community, then expanded to a physical storefront in 2019.

Gottheimer met with Craig Kalucki, who leads the day-to-day operations of Benny’s Bodega, and local volunteers.

“North Jersey’s local nonprofit organizations serve as a vital lifeline for many residents throughout our community. That’s why it was great to visit Benny’s Bodega and their volunteers in Newton to learn more about how they’re giving back and helping residents, seniors, and disabled residents who may be struggling,” Gottheimer said. “I urge everyone who can to support the local nonprofits that do so much to help our community.”

Benny’s Bodega offers clothing items, food, and toiletries. Their target population is the A.L.I.C.E (Asset limited, income constrained, employed) demographic — those who are employed but struggle meeting their basic needs. The Bodega also allows senior citizens and residents with disabilities to take as many goods as they need free of charge once per month.

Benny’s Bodega is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Bodega organizes fundraising events and partners with local businesses to increase their contributions to the community, and they receive fresh food donations from local farms.

For more information on Benny’s Bodega, click here.

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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