Pantry seeks holiday donations

JACKSON — The food pantry run by the Jackson Women of Today will be having its third annual Turkey Trot to collect groceries for its Thanksgiving and holiday distributions.

A community open house will be held Nov. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. The pantry is in the old library building at 65 Don Connor Blvd. Anyone wishing to drop off turkeys and other holiday food items will also be able to tour the pantry at this time.

Donations will be also accepted at the pantry on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local businesses are also holding drives to support the pantry.

Ladies Work-Out Express in Romeo’s Plaza and the White Butterfly Gift Shop on County Line Road are currently holding a nonperishable food drive.

The Jackson ShopRite will help shoppers designate their “free” turkey to the food pantry. Customers who wish to participate may show their receipt at the customer service desk.

The Jackson Stop & Shop will be selling “paper” turkeys with proceeds designated for the food pantry.

“We are always in need of eggs, milk, margarine, butter, juices and pies, along with the donations of turkeys and canned hams,” said Elizabeth Stelevich, food pantry director. “Last year we distributed turkeys and all the holiday trimmings to about 135 families in our town. This is in addition to the three- to five-day supply of groceries that we distribute monthly to our registered clients.”

Thanksgiving distribution for registered clients will be Nov. 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The Jackson Women of Today is a volunteer nonprofit organization trying to make a difference in the community. Financial donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1042 Jackson 08527.

Any other community service or civic group interested in running food drives or making donations for both the Thanksgiving and the December holidays can contact Elizabeth at (732) 683-9119.