The United Way of Northern New Jersey is asking any families with vegetable gardens to donate extra fresh vegetables to local food pantries and soup kitchens
By Michael De France
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A new community garden is scheduled to open this year behind Gordon Hall in Dexter.
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The United Way of Northern New Jersey is asking any families with vegetable gardens to donate extra fresh vegetables to local food pantries and soup kitchens. For many financially limited families and homeless people, coming by healthy, fresh vegetables can be a rare event. Soup kitchens like Toni’s Kitchen serve about 70-80 homeless people each day. Toni’s Kitchen uses all donated vegetables to prepare fresh soups and salads for the homeless. Director of outreach, Anne Mernim, describes any donated vegetables as “treasure to us” because they are not commonly served at soup kitchens. “Any vegetables, any quantities, are greatly appreciated”, she said. At food pantries, homegrown vegetables are distributed to local families without the means to purchase fresh vegetables.
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