“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25: 37-40
Hunger in the suburbs exists and it is growing. According to the U.S Census Bureau, over 5,000 people in Hunterdon County live below the poverty level. Sometimes, hard working adults cannot make ends meet due to underemployment. The effects of hunger on children are devastating and can have lifelong consequences. Proper nutrition is essential for the growth and development of young children. Lack of adequate nutrition can lead to delays in language and fine motor skills. Students, who go to school hungry tend to be irritable, tired and have difficulty concentrating. A child whose learning is hindered by hunger is more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult.
Zion responds to Christ’s call to feed the hungry with several of our missions.
Flemington Food Pantry
The mission of the Flemington Food Pantry is “to provide food to eligible citizens of Hunterdon County.” Zion supports the Food Pantry’s efforts monetarily and by semi-annual food drives. Our Fall Food Harvest collects non-perishable items and is delivered to Flemington so that the shelves can be stocked in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The spring food drive took into consideration that Federally Funded School lunch programs are suspended during the summer break. For some families providing that extra meal to growing children can be difficult, so we focused on collecting “Family Friendly” items such as peanut butter, jelly, calcium enriched puddings, 100% fruit juices, fruit cups, canned tuna and chicken, canned pastas, and cereals.
Open Cupboard Food Pantry
Open Cupboard is a local food pantry and thrift store. In 2010, Open Cupboard moved to a new location in Clinton New Jersey, where they adopted the tag line “Neighbors helping neighbors”. Their increased visibility brought more donations and new clients. The number of people seeking help from Open Cupboard is at an all time high – they now consistently feed over 400 people monthly. Open Cupboard continues to find those who could benefit from their services and plans to extend pantry and shop hours in the future. Zion supports Open Cupboard’s missions with monetary donations and grocery deliveries. Some of Zion’s members regularly donate clothes and home goods to the thrift shop.
Learn more about Hot & Hungry in Hunterdon, a service project of four local youth groups that collected over one ton of food for county food pantries in 2011.
learn more about Zion’s dynamic partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church and Faith Kitchen
in nearby Dover, NJ.
If you are in need of assistance, you can call the Hunterdon Helpline 24 hours a day at 800-272-4630.
Call your local food pantry to find out what items are needed most.
|Flemington Area Food Pantry|
110 Broad Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
| ||Open Cupboard Food Pantry|
37 Old Highway 22, Clinton, NJ 08809
|Hampton Food Pantry|
6 Church Street, Hampton, NJ 08827
|North Hunterdon Community Food Pantry|
45 Hickory Run Road, Califon, NJ 07830
89 North Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
|Food Pantry at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church|
20 4th Street, Frenchtown, NJ 08825