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Sussex County’s annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign collects more than 18 tons of food for residents in need

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –  The 16th annual Stuff the Bus food drive to benefit the Sussex County Social Services food pantry was a huge success.

The food drive was held from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 at the Lakeland Bank in Sparta and at the Franklin, Sparta, Byram, Newton and Sussex ShopRite locations.

Local police departments also participated at various locations to “Cram the Cruiser” with donations during this community effort.

“The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services is extremely grateful to our community for their generosity during such economically challenging times,” officials said. The community support and involvement with this drive serves as a living example of what makes Sussex County such a special place to live and work.”

This year, over 18 tons of food was collected as well as $4,600 in monetary donations. Since the first “Stuff the Bus” drive was held in 2008, over one million pounds of food and over $100,000 has been donated to the Social Services food pantry.

Anyone in need of food for themselves or their family, contact the Division of Social Services at 973-383-3600 or visit the agency at 83 Spring Street in Newton during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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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