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Sussex County Police Departments to hold annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive on April 9-10

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – The Sussex County Police Departments are teaming up to conduct the sixth annual Sussex County wide Cram the Cruiser food drive to collect food donations for Sussex County residents in need of assistance.

Police are asking for the public’s help in making donations of all food items to “Cram the Cruisers.”

All donations will be provided to Sussex County’s Social Services food pantry and local pantries which provides food to residents in need within Sussex County and weekend meals for children involved in school lunch programs. The Social Services Food Pantry is part of the Sussex County Division of Social Services (County Welfare Office). The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers and its mission is “To Feed People” living in Sussex County (food collected does not go out of the county). The Pantry feeds people that come into the Social Services Office for food and sends food to other county food pantries when they are in need. The Pantry also feeds weekend meals to almost 500 children each week.

Food needed for the children’s weekend meals:

  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Canned tuna or chicken (5 oz)
  • Mac and cheese
  • Chewy granola bars
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Fruit snacks
  • Ramen noodles
  • Meals in a can like spaghettios, ravioli, beefaroni, beef stew or chili.

Food needed for the food pantry:

  • Mac and Cheese
  • Tuna or chicken in a can
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Cereal
  • Hearty soups
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Meals in a can
  • Rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Canned fruit
  • Baby food & formula
  • Diapers
  • Personal hygiene products

In addition to the items listed any other food, cash or gift card donations will be accepted. Fresh and frozen turkeys and hams can also be donated.

Officers from every department will be volunteering their time to assist in the collection of donations of food items and will be at the following locations on April 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with cruisers to be crammed:

  • Byram – Shop-Rite Plaza
  • Franklin – Weis and Wal-Mart parking lots
  • Newton – Weis parking lot
  • Sparta – Stop And Shop parking lot
  • Vernon – Acme parking lot

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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