Caldwell's Department of Human Services is making a plea to the community to help stock the shelves at the The Caldwell Food Pantry.
"Summer is traditionally the worst time for food donations,” stated Maria Burak, Director of Caldwell Human Services. “While we have been successful so far in keeping food available for local families with community food drives, the need continues to be great.”
Last month, the pantry gave out 165 bags of food to more than 64 households. Those households include 32 families that have 64 children in the Caldwell-West Caldwell school system as well as 15 senior citizens.
Jamie Campion, a local Girl Scout, is interested in expanding the pantry to serve another important member of the family—the family pet.
“Ever since I was little, I have had a deep love for animals,” stated Jamie.
The 14-year-old proposed to add an animal section to the Caldwell Food Pantry to allow pet owners the ability to keep their pets while going through a difficult economic time.
Food and pet donations can be made by dropping off items at the Caldwell Food Panty, 14 Park Ave., in Caldwell, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Donations should be placed on the shelves near the front door in the lobby of the Food Pantry building.
In addition to pet food and supplies, the pantry is always in need of paper goods, health and beauty aids and food items, such as peanut butter, tuna, coffee, tea, juice and “kid friendly” items.