County freeholders are working with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Burlington County Courts and local nonprofit agencies to collect food and new clothing for Hurricane Sandy victims in our area.
Residents and local businesses can collect and donate food and personal hygiene items, and new adult and children's sweatpants and sweatshirts, T-shirts, socks and underwear in unisex colors in all sizes.
All food items should be donated directly to the Fountain of Life Food Pantry, 2035 Columbus Road, Florence, or to local food banks. New clothing should be taken to the Burlington County Department of Human Services on Woodlane Road, in Westampton, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Food Bank of South Jersey is located in Pennsauken.
The American Red Cross of Camden and Burlington counties is located at 5425 Route 70 West in Pennsauken, 856-365-7100.
Red Cross shelters in Burlington County are at:
Fountain of Life, 2035 Columbus Road, Burlington Township, and BCC, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Pemberton
Moorestown residents can also drop off donations at the township offices at 2 Executive Drive, which will be shipped to the BCC Mount Laurel campus and distributed to displaced Ocean County residents. According to township clerk Patricia Hunt, BCC advised that the most-needed items are new clothing, diapers, toothpaste/toothbrushes and soap.
Collection boxes will also be set up throughout county buildings. The food banks are in desperate need of food items or food store gift cards so they can purchase items that are in more demand.
The food banks need:
- Breakfast bars
- Canned meals, such as macaroni and cheese, ravioli, beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.
- Canned items such as soup, tuna, vegetables and fruits
- Boxed or bagged items such as cereal, noodles, pasta, rice, crackers and stuffing
- Jarred items such as jelly, peanut butter, pasta sauce, etc.
- Bottled items such as juice
- Shelf milk
- Baby food and diapers
To ensure food safety, they cannot use:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans
- Perishable items
- Homemade items or non-commercial canned or packaged items
- Open or used items
- Out-of-date or expired items
Here is a list of a few of the larger food pantries in our area. You may donate to any other pantry of your choice as well.
Catholic Charities, Emergency & Community Services
801 Burlington Ave., Delanco
856-764-6945, exts. 119 or 111 (donors)
Christian Caring Center
378 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills
Quest Ministries/ Tabernacle Baptist Church
150 East Second St., Burlington
St. Vincent DePaul—Medford
1 Jones Road, Medford
St. Vincent DePaul—Mount Holly
260 High St., Mount Holly
132-136 E. Broad St., Burlington
For a list of food pantries listed on Rutgers Against Hunger website, click here.
Network for Good has a list of vetted, charitable organizations that are the first responders on the ground including the American Red Cross and World Vision. The list is here.
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is collecting donations here.
County residents should also be wary of the predatory activities of fly-by-night home improvement contractors, such as those who go door to door, demand to be paid up-front or paid in cash. Some of these contractors may even suggest the homeowner use a specific adjuster for an insurance claim.
Homeowners should be sure to obtain the contractor’s state registration number and then call the County Consumer Affairs Office at 609-265-5054 to find out if the registration is valid and if there is a record of complaints.
Also, only donate to a vetted organization.