The Food Pantry has been a staple in the Spotswood Community by offering less fortunate families in both the town and the surrounding areas an opportunity to feed themselves on the charity of the surrounding area. Through a series of food drives, from an annual pancake breakfast provided by the borough, food drives sponsered by the Shop Rite on Summerhill Road on consistant occassions and a great deal of support from the Community Food Bank, allow The Food Pantry to continue their valued service.
For the assed 15 years, the Food Pantry has been giving it’s services to the surrounding communities with the assistance of CUP CUP (Churches United for People) that began in the 1990’s as a ministry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Spotswood Reformed Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church, and mainly from the help of Father Marshall K. Shelley and Alice Ryan (see above). This community outreach program has been so successful (having an average of 40 families visit the pantry about 2 and a half years ago, to now well over 170) that the program has had to find new digs to accomidate the families in need of their help. As of May 1st, 2012, the Food Pantry has set up shop at 455 Main St. in Spotswood, NJ at the Reformed Church Annex and will be open from 9:30 am to 11:30am and then again at 1:30pm until 3:30 pm, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (Any other questions on the matter, or if you would like to donate, please contact Alice Ryan at 732-967-4883 for further information).
It is so refreshing to see, in a declining economy, such selfless action to help families in the community eat and leave them with one less thing to worry about. If all would pitch in just a little bit, we could all have more.