Assembly members Craig Coughlin and Nancy Pinkin present MCFOODS with a state resolution on Sept. 9 recognizing the organizations dedication to feeding the hungry in Middlesex County. 

Two state legislators presented the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services with a resolution on Sept. 9 in honor of the organization’s dedication feeding the hungry.

The resolution presented by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19, and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, D-18, came after the state leaders along with other officials toured the MCFOODS’s distribution center and as the organization celebrates its 25th year of service.

Coughlin and Pinkin, along with Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios also received a briefing about the MCFOODS’s current programs and method for handing out food and discussed the state Assembly’s efforts to combat food insecurity.

“When you come to a place like MCFOODS and you realize how many people genuinely want to make a difference you recognize that this is a fight worth fighting and one that we can win,” Coughlin said.

Since opening in 1994 in Edison, MCFOODS has added a 5,000-square-foot warehouse in East Brunswick. In 2018, MCFOODS received and distributed more than 1.9 million pounds of food items to approximately 120 partner agencies.

“While we may think of those that receive the much-needed food from this distribution center, we must not forget that behind every grocery item delivered, there is a team – an army – of people that work tirelessly to make that happen,” said Rios. “I cannot thank the volunteers enough for the positive difference they are making in people’s lives so that no child – no human being – should wake up hungry or go to bed hungry.”

Also at the event were Freeholder Deputy Director Charles Tomaro, Freeholder Leslie Koppel, Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) Chairman James Nolan, MCIA Board Member Paul Abbey, Executive Director of the MCIA H. James Polos, program volunteers, and community partners.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.