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Sussex County’s annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign collects more than 75K pounds of food for residents in need

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – This year, “Stuff the Bus” collected over 75,000 pounds of food and close to $5,000 in monetary donations.

Since the first “Stuff the Bus” event was held in 2008, over one million pounds of food and over $100,000.00 has been donated to the Social Services food pantry.

The donations will benefit the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services food pantry, which serves Sussex County residents in need.

Lakeland Bank; ShopRite locations of Newton, Franklin, Sparta and Byram; Franklin Sussex Auto Mall; R. Poust Inc.; United Methodist Communities; Bristol Glen; and Franklin Mutual Insurance Company all served as collection sites for the drive. Local police departments also participated at various locations to “Cram the Cruiser” with donations during this community effort.

“Due to these uncertain times, the need for food was greater this year than in the past.  A big thank you to the generous residents of Sussex County formaking the fifteenth year of “Stuff the Bus” a success,” officials said.

The food pantry at the Division of Social Services provides food to residents in need throughout Sussex County, as well as local food pantries whose shelves are often depleted due to the increasing demand for assistance.

The County of Sussex, Department of Health and Human Services, and Division of Social Services thanked Borasio; Steve Andrews; Steve Allen; WSUS 102.3; WNNJ 103.7; MAX 106.3; ShopRite; Lakeland Bank; Police Chiefs and Officers from Byram and Sparta Police Departments; Franklin Sussex Auto Mall; Skylands Ride; food pantry volunteers; Social Service employees and countless community supporters as well as the people and businesses who served as a collection site and/or donated to make this food drive such a success.

Anyone in need of food, can stop by the Division of Social Services located at 83 Spring Street, Newton, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Food or pet donations are accepted during these hours or special arrangements can be made for after-hours donations by calling 973-383-3600.

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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