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Food Drive Brings A Record Number Of Donations [AUDIO]

A month long food drive at the Jersey Shore continues until Monday and organizers are seeing record-breaking totals. Over five tons to be exact!

Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Thomas Arnone, Lillian Burry, John Curley, Carlos Rodriguez, Serena Dimaso (Ilya Hemlin,Townsquare Media NJ)

Donations are filling the shelves at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The Board of Chosen Freeholders has chosen the food drive as a way to celebrate National County Government Month. The national theme this year is “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families.”

The main collection points are the 13 county library branches, including the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury and the Library Headquarters in Manalapan. As an incentive, the libraries are offering to erase fines for overdue materials in exchange for donations of food. Collection bins also will be at the Hall of Records in Freehold and the Agriculture and Human Services buildings in Freehold Township.

Carlos Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the FoodBank. He says “it’s great everyone is taking part in this. We have so much support and it’s important all year round. Donations are usually down this time of year.”

Non-perishable, protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, granola bars and tuna fish are examples of items suitable for donation.

There are 13 branches of the Monmouth County Library, all of which will be participating in the month-long “Food for Fines” program to benefit the FoodBank. The libraries are: Headquarters in Manalapan, Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Atlantic Highlands, Allentown, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Marlboro, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Wall and West Long Branch.

For more information, visit their website.

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