The Monroe Department of Works will collect food donations on Oct. 21 from adult communities for the Fall Harvest Food Drive. 

MONROE – Middlesex County invites Monroe’s Adult Communities to participate in the Fall Harvest Food Drive on Oct. 21.

This initiative is a coordinated effort among Middlesex County, MCFOODS, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), Feeding Middlesex County, and the Monroe Township Department of Public Works.

Items will be collected by the Monroe Department of Public Works on Oct. 21. Participants should place their nonperishable donations in a bag or box near their mailbox. The Monroe DPW will pick up the items between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Related: MCFOODS looking for volunteers to help with Fall Harvest Food Drive in Monroe

“Middlesex County’s Emergency Food Distribution Network serves over 120 local food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies each week, but they still need your help and your donations,” said Freeholder Charles Tomaro, liaison to the MCIA.

The most needed items include:

  • Canned chicken
  • Cereal
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Canned meats & pasta
  • Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Fruits (low sugar)
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Stew (low sodium)
  • Granola bars
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Dry beans (red, black & pinto)
  • Paper products
  • Soap, shampoo, toothpaste

All items should be canned and packaged goods only. No glass items will be accepted.

“1 in 8 Middlesex County residents are unsure where their next meal might come from,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios: “Please consider donating to MCFOODS to directly give back to our children, seniors, veterans, disabled, and working families living with food insecurity.”

Monetary donations are also accepted in the form of a check payable to Feeding Middlesex County. Mail all checks to PO Box 781, Edison, NJ 08818.

For more information on MCFOODS, please visit

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