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Food Pantries

There are an almost unlimited way you can make a difference this winter. Here are some food pantries that would welcome your donations of time or money:

Cranford Family Care Association – 61 Myrtle Street, Cranford, 908-276-3530,

Elmora Soup Kitchen – 402 Union Street, Cranford, 909-352-0579

Linden Interfaith Network for Community Services (LINCS) – 45 E. Elm Street, Linden, 908-925-2523,

LPC Mission Project – 1506 Orchard Terrace, Linden, 908-486-3073

Grace’s Kitchen – 600 Cleveland Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-1520, mjbuch@att.netSaint John the Apostle Pantry – 1805 Penbrook Terrace, Linden, 732-388-1216,

Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services – 905 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-753-4001 x 13,

Plainfield YMCA – 518 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-6060,

Salvation Army – 615 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-2595,

Starfish Food Pantry – Covenant United Methodist Church, 631 East Front Street, Plainfield, 908-755-8888

Rahway Food for Friends – 1221 New Brunswick Avenue, Rahway, 732-388-3988

Loaves and Fishes at Saint Teresa – 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, 908-277-3700

Sage – 290 Broad Street, Summit, 908-273-5554,

Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity – 336 First Street, Westfield, 908-232-2311,


Where do you volunteer your time and talent?


Getting by with a little help…

For so many of us Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with our families and friends and in many cases overindulge on a wonderfully prepared meal.  But not everyone is able to do that.  Several years ago while helping our son with a scouting project we volunteered at a Soup Kitchen.  The experience was very different than I had imagined.  While it felt good knowing that we were feeding people who were less fortunate, for many of them their plights have remained unchanged.

Soup Kitchens first began appearing in the US during the Great Depression and they are still abundant today.  I’d urge you to get involved.  Make a donation, volunteer to work a shift serving and cleaning.  Do something.  You won’t regret it.

There are a multitude of Soup Kitchens throughout Union County.  You can click here to find out where they are and more information about them. This site will tell you where you can find a local kitchen, what they require as far as donations and volunteering.

So this year think about being thankful for having the opportunity to help someone less fortunate than yourself and giving something back.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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