Verona Fights Hunger Week kicks off on Saturday October 15, and here’s what you need to know about the Junior Women’s Club‘s week-long, town-wide food drive to benefit two local food pantries.
Verona Fights Hunger Week is now in its 9th year of delivering donations to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair and Verona’s Holy Spirit Food Pantry, charities that together serve thousands of clients from Verona and surrounding communities. (In 2021, the Human Needs Food Pantry served 4,793 adults, 1,410 children, and 313 seniors in our area.) This work is vital for our community! In the past nine years, Verona has donated over 20,000 bags of food and raised approximately $30,000 in monetary donations.
This year, the drive begins Saturday October 15, and ends on Saturday, October 22, at 9 a.m. with a food collection celebration on the steps of the Verona Town Hall. Anyone is free to attend to help the Juniors load the collected bags into a moving truck and bring them to the food pantries.
The 5 different ways you can support Verona Fights Hunger Week are as follows:
1. Participate in the Shop & Drops taking place during the week:
- Saturday 10/15: Shop & Drop at Kings in Verona from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fresh Grocer in Cedar Grove from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sunday 10/16: Shop & Drop at Kings in Verona from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday through Friday 10/17-10/21: Shop & Drop at Kings from 4 to 6 p.m.
2. Bring donations to one of the drop off locations Monday-Friday 10/15-10/21:
- Verona Community Market, Sunday October 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Verona Community Center, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Verona Town Hall, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Verona Public Library, M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Jazzercise, M-Sat, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Verona Public Schools (students only)
- Our Lady of the Lake (students only)
- Our Lady of the Lake Church
3. Donate online
Don’t have time to shop and drop? That’s okay! Please consider providing a monetary donation through the Junior’s PayPal account. All proceeds go directly towards fighting hunger.
4. Shop StoneClean Soap
Local business and supporter, StoneClean Soap, will be donating 25% of proceeds to Verona Fights Hunger when you shop their website with code verona22. Support a local business and Verona Fights Hunger at the same time!
5. Shop our Amazon Wish List
Purchase most-needed items through the Junior’s wishlist and items will be shipped directly to the Juniors.
If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please email [email protected]