Food Drive in Bayonne Schools and BCB Bank Branches for Make A Difference Day

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that Bayonne’s public schools, religious schools, and BCB Community Bank are conducting a food drive from now through October 24. The drive is part of the annual, national Make A Difference Day activities. National Make A Difference Day this year is Saturday, October 26. Smith said, “The Make A Difference Day food drive provides students, their families, and the general public the opportunity to help Bayonne’s food pantries. Our community has won national recognition for supporting people in need through this Make A Difference drive. During this time of economic distress, food pantries need the community’s help more than ever. I would like to thank the people of Bayonne for continuing their generosity this year.”
The Bayonne Police Department’s Community Oriented Police (COP) Unit is coordinating the food drive with the Bayonne Board of Education, Marist High School, All Saints Catholic Academy, Beacon Christian Academy, BCB Community Bank, and the Department of Public Works. Imperial Bag and Paper donated boxes for transporting and storing the food.
The Bayonne Board of Education and the religious schools are sending or have sent notices home with each student to explain the food drive. The schools and BCB Community Bank branches will serve as drop-off points for donations. The Department of Public Works will pick up food from the schools and BCB Bank branches on October 25 and 28, depending on location, and will deliver it to local food pantries
The following non-profit organizations will receive the donated food: Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), First Assembly of God, Highways/Windmill Alliance, Friendship Baptist Church, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, St. Henry’s Church, St. Vincent’s Church, and Wallace Temple.
Nationally, USA Weekend Magazine, Newman’s Own, Points of Light, Gannett Newspapers, and CBS are sponsoring Make A Difference Day 2013.
Students participating in the food drive should bring packaged, non-perishable food items to school by October 24. Members of the general public may bring packaged, non-perishable food to the donation boxes at BCB Bank branches during banking hours from early October through October 24. Suggested non-perishable food items include: canned tuna fish; canned or boxed pasta; pasta sauce; canned vegetables; canned fruits; pudding cups; 100% fruit boxes; boxed cereal; oatmeal; breakfast bars; macaroni and cheese; chunky soups; peanut butter; jelly; rice; and canned beans.