Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Food Drive for Kids

The Northern New Jersey Business Council (BVC) is helping needy families this summer through "Brown Bag Buddies," a summer food drive. The BVC is spreading the word to area businesses to enlist their help in ensuring that low income families and their children don’t go hungry this summer.

"Believe it or not, July and August are the busiest months of the whole year because the kids are home from school,” says Thelma Fedele, director of community and government relations for the Center for Food Action. “Children are not getting school lunches or breakfasts and, at the same time, donations of food go down."

Now in it's eleventh year sponsoring "Brown Bag Buddies," the BVC welcomes participation from businesses large and small as well as from civic and faith-based organizations. Our goal is to collect $30,000 in food and cash, which will be donated to the Center for Food Action, by the end of July. You may request an organizational packet, which gives step-by-step instructions for organizing and promoting your Brown Bag Buddies campaign, by calling the Volunteer Center at 201 -489-9454 x 114 or emailing  You can also make a donation to the program here; your cash will be used to buy discounted gift certificates at grocery stores for needy families.

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