Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - The Mercer County Library System will be holding a special holiday food drive in the month of December and will hold additional food drives in selected months next year, starting in January 2009.

“The Library’s holiday food drive comes at a critical time as many local area food banks are experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for nonperishable items, and at the same time, diminished donations,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, for example, has reported an increase in the use of their services by 30 percent overall, and in some cases 40 percent, yet their collection goals have fallen short by approximately 150,000 pounds of food, food bank officials said.  Area food banks are experiencing their most difficult times in 25 years, according to directors.

The collected nonperishable food items will be distributed to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank of Trenton, Homefront of Lawrence, the Robbinsville Food Pantry, and “Rise – A Community Service Partnership” in East Windsor. Anyone wishing to donate nonperishable items to this collection may do so at any of the nine branches of the Mercer County Library System, located in the municipalities of East Windsor, Ewing, Hightstown, Hopewell, Lawrence, Robbinsville, and West Windsor.

Some of the most needed items are canned fish or chicken, canned fruit, and pasta. Additional information regarding collection and a list of items that are most needed may be found on the Library’s website, Perishable items, such as frozen turkeys, can be delivered directly to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, located at 824 Silvia Street in Ewing, New Jersey.