September is “Hunger Action Month” and the
goal is to Raise Awareness on the Issue of Hunger and get
people to Take
Action Against Hunger.
According to Feeding America 1 in 7 Americans struggle with hunger and in Middlesex County 79,140 people are food insecure. Currently the supply of nonperishable foods and necessities at MCFOODS (the Middlesex County Food Bank) is dangerously low. Let’s work together and do our part to help those in need.
Raise Awareness – Spread
the Word on Social Media
Feeding America promotes a “Spoontember” social media campaign to engage the community and raise awareness on the issues of hunger. People are asked to snap a selfie holding a spoon on their nose, post the picture on social media accounts with a fact about hunger and #HungerActionMonth #Spoontember and challenge friends to do the same. MCFOODS would like to join this campaign to raise awareness in Middlesex County – see the attached flyer about #Spoontember Selfies and don’t forget to tag MCFOODS on your social media posts! MCFOODS is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – be sure to like and follow us!
Take Action Against
MCFOODS is also encouraging people to take action by hosting a food drive or making a donation to help restock our shelves. If you know of a business, fitness center, school, club, house of worship, or other group that would like to get involved and host a food drive we’d love to work with them. MCFOODS can provide a flyer (attached), bins to store donations in and transportation of all food donations back to our warehouse. Please contact us to get started! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1994 to help ensure that an adequate supply of nutritious foods and necessities are readily available to Middlesex County residents in need at all times. MCFOODS collects and distributes nonperishable items at no cost to over 80 local food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the County, as well as an additional 25 agencies including: residential facilities, shelters, social service agencies, programs for women and children, senior citizen housing facilities and other outreach services that are also a part of our network. Through all of the agencies in our network, we are reaching a wide variety of people within the County who are in need including low-income families, the homeless, people with disabilities or mental or physical challenges, children and senior citizens. View our brochure.
Tour the MCFOODS Warehouse:
Do you need immediate food assistance?
MCFOODS directory is a resource tool to direct people to an agency in their area that can provide them with emergency food assistance.
We encourage businesses, organizations, clubs and groups to sponsor a food drive and help keep our local pantries stocked. MCFOODS can provide you with a flyer to promote your food drive, containers to store food in throughout your collection and transportation of your donations to our facility. Please refer to this guide for running a food drive for some suggestions for creating a successful drive.
MCFOODS Flyer (Adobe PDF)
Some of the most needed nonperishable foods and necessities include rice, tuna fish, peanut butter, vegetables, canned meats, beans, soup and pasta, as well as personal products, baby items and paper goods.
Individual donations can be made year-round at any of the permanent collection sites located at libraries in East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Plainsboro, South Amboy, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, Spotswood and Woodbridge.
Many food drives are sponsored throughout the year by area businesses and civic organizations. You can make a monetary contribution by writing a check made payable to MCFOODS and mailing it to the MCIA, 101 Interchange Plaza, Suite 202, Cranbury, NJ 08512. To find out how you can make a donation or volunteer, call MCFOODS at 732-729-0880 or 609-409-5033 or email the coordinator.
For Emergency Food Providers
The MCFOODS warehouse, located in New Brunswick, is open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for registered agencies to come in to receive food to help them better serve their clients. Our network meets regularly to share best practices, discuss changes in needs and how we can help eachother operate more efficiently.
MCFOODS and the Community FoodBank of NJ have collaborated in an effort to make more food available for needy Middlesex County residents. In addition to the regular items available at our facility, MCFOODS receives a weekly delivery of a variety of bulk food items that are offered to the agencies in our network every Tuesday and a delivery of fresh produce that are available for our agencies every Wednesday. The items we receive will vary from week to week and will usually be nearing the best-used-by date. Please see the statement from the County Health Department regarding product dating and food safety.
There are many resources available to food pantries and soup kitchens that become members of the Community FoodBank of NJ. The FoodBank can provide agencies with free food, available through the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Commodities Program. There is also food available for purchase with a small shared maintenance fee. It is MCFOODS’ goal to help all Middlesex County Emergency Food Providers become members, receive training and have access and transportation to the food and resources that they are eligible for. Please visit the Community FoodBank for more information or contact the MCFOODS coordinator email@example.com.