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Thousands of pounds of food donated during Hackettstown Rotary Club’s food drive to benefit Norwescap Food Bank

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) -The Hackettstown Rotary Club’s Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the NORWESCAP Food Bank was a huge success on Saturday, collecting over 5,000 pounds of food and more than $4,000 in donations.

Rotarians were stationed in the Panera Bread lot, on Route 57 in Mansfield Township, and gave shoppers an easy drop-off location. They didn’t even have to leave the comfort of their cars, either, because club members met them as they drove through the parking lot and removed donations of canned and dry foods and frozen turkeys, hams and turkey breasts from their cars.

Norwescap employees then packed the donations into a refrigerated truck and accepted the monetary donations that will assist the food bank in the purchase of additional food for distribution.

Norwescap Food Bank distributes approximately 2 million pounds of food annually to  100  pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, on-site feeding programs, child care centers, senior centers, and programs for the disabled in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren counties.

“We have distributed about 480,000 pounds more this past year due to COVID-19,” NORWESCAP Food Bank Director Helene Meissner said.

For more information on how you can help stop hunger and aid hunger relief, call Norwescap Food Bank at 908-454-4322, email:, or click here.

(Photo: Courtesy Hackettstown Rotary Club)

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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