Some days while I'm driving through Bridgeton, I'll see a truck, bags of food and lots of activity at the Bridgeton Salvation Army. I had to stop and see what it was all about.
I pulled into the parking lot and as I walked up, these lovely ladies told me to sign in and asked what veggies I wanted. At that moment, I felt so welcomed. They showed no judgement or desire for me to prove I needed free food. I fell in love with them immediately! I told them I didn't need food, I was just curious and wanted to learn more about what they were doing. Needless to say, they INSISTED on me taking home a bag of green peppers. Who am I to argue??
I was told to talk to Joe, "The man in charge", who works for Community Food Bank of New Jersey and he told me how this has been a passion for him for over 7 years. Several years back, while he was working for WSNJ, he would take his own truck and trailer with food and donate locally. He landed a job with Community Food Bank of New Jersey while interviewing them for WSNJ and once they found out what he was doing on the side, they hired him on the spot. He loves the truck upgrade and now doesn't have to pay for gas.
They deliver food everyday at the Bridgeton Salvation Army, except for Thursdays, usually starting around 10a.m. until around 1p.m. The length of time depends on how fast they give out the food. Thursdays they are in the parking lot across the street from the Catholic Church on Pearl Street. Some days they have 1,500 pounds of food and other days they have 3,000 pounds. Today they had tons of green peppers, eggplants, lettuce and cabbage. "The parking lot gets packed when Sunny Slopes donates peaches." Can you blame them? Joe tells me that Jersey Legacy Farm and Sheppards Farm in Cedarville donate majority, if not all, the veggies they deliver daily. Jersey Legacy Farm is a organic farm that grows tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, sweet corn and eggplants.
"Jersey Legacy Farms LLC, an 11th generation family farm, wishes to preserve the family heritage and land for future generations. We hope to realize this by growing organically-produced, healthy vegetables in an environmentally-safe and sustainable manner."- Dave Sheppard, Owner
Sheppard Farms is a 1,500 acres family farm located in Cedarville, NJ. Their crops include: asparagus, cucumber, lettuce, and bell pepper.
I wanted to share with our community how these individuals, non-profits and businesses are working together and making a huge difference in a town I call home. They deserve many thanks and praise for their efforts and kind hearts. I love meeting people who have a passion and drive to help others, they are such an inspiration! Today was a good day.