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PRESS RELEASE: Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce Donates Food to 15 Area Families
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Tis’ the season to be helping others.
Fifteen families who live in Bergen County will have food to cook their Thanksgiving meals this year. The Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce generously donated care packages to these families which included canned goods, baking goods and toiletries for its second annual food drive.
The families will each also receive a turkey, which were generously donated by Shop Rite of Wyckoff. The care packages of food were graciously prepared by the Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Food Action in Mahwah for these families in need. Families picked up their packages at the center.
“We are beyond grateful to the Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce. They are an amazing group of people that continue to support us year after year,” said Linda Somwaru, site manager of Center for Food Action in Mahwah. “Every year the chamber of commerce tries to do a few more families than they did the previous year.”
The chamber collected over 180 boxes of food plus toiletries for the care packages.
“It gives me great pride and pleasure to be part of another successful food drive thanks to the wonderful people of Franklin Lakes and the nearby communities,” said John C. Morley, president of the Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber thanks the Center for Food Action in Mahwah and Shop Rite of Wyckoff, which is owned and operated by the Inserra family for sponsoring the drive.
The 15 families that received food from the drive live in upper Bergen County, a wealthy part of New Jersey where rents and other cost of living expenses are high.
“These are families who have suffered an illness, a job loss, a death or a divorce. There are all kinds of reasons why people’s lives get sent into chaos,” said Somwaru.
In addition to the annual food drive, the Center for Food Action offers other programs including the emergency food program and the weekend snack pack program among other programs. More information may be found on the center’s website, cfanj.org.
More information about the Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce may be found on the chamber’s website, franklinlakeschamber.org.
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