NORTHFIELD ? With Thanksgiving one week from today and Christmas and other holidays following quickly on its heels, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina, both R-Atlantic, today are reminding residents that their Legislative District 2 Office is open to receive food items to help local individuals, families and senior citizens in need.

In an effort to assist the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, meet its ever growing demand for food and other items, especially during the upcoming holiday season, Amodeo and Polistina are offering their district office as a drop off point for food and personal hygiene products.

People can drop off the food donations at the legislators? district office located at 1801 Zion Road, Suite 1, Northfield, NJ, now through Thursday, December 22, during regular business hours which are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Non-perishable, unopened items are requested such as canned chicken breast, ravioli, chili, stews, fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, mac & cheese, mayonnaise and applesauce. Also needed are baby formula and foods and diapers as well as laundry detergent, soap, shampoo and other personal hygiene products.

Statewide, Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributed 37 million pounds of food in 2010. Its Southern Branch distributed more than 7.1 million pounds of food last year, a 23 percent increase over 2009, to more than 255 partner agencies in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties.

Monetary contributions are appreciated as well. Checks should be made out to: Community FoodBank of New Jersey/Southern Branch and mailed to Margie Barham, Executive Director, Southern Branch, Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch, 6735 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234. For more information call the FoodBank at 609-383-8843 or visit

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