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Toms River NJ Presbyterian Church Food Donation Marks Second Year

Toms River NJ Presbyterian Church Food Donation Marks Second Year

TOMS RIVER – A steady stream of cars pulled up in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church, heading towards a group of ready volunteers.

Drivers blew up their trunks or volunteers opened car doors to place boxes of food inside. Other volunteers brought bags of carrots and onions, as well as fresh fruit. It was a typical Friday morning at the Toms River food distribution, with one exception; March 18 marked the second anniversary of the food contest.

“When the pandemic first hit, we knew we had to do something for the residents,” said former councilwoman Maria Maruca, describing the start of the “Pop the Trunk” food distribution. “We started on Good Friday; we thought it would only be a few weeks. »

Toms River began distributing free food to anyone experiencing food insecurity in 2020, at the very start of the pandemic.  The food distribution continued at Toms River Presbyterian Church and marks its second anniversary on Friday March 18, with no signs of stopping.  The number of people searching for food is rising again as inflation takes its toll.  Toms River, NJ Friday March 18, 2022.

But two years later, the need is still there. So a regular group of volunteers, which includes Maruca, former councilman Terrance Turnbach, Toms River Regional Board of Education chair Jennifer Howe, and Mayor Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr., come to the parking lot. of church on Friday mornings, rain, snow or shine, to help keep people from going hungry.

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