PBA to hold food drive Saturday to aid local families

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A Belmar police cruiser. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

BELMAR — The Police Benevolent Association Local 50, which represents several police departments in the area including Belmar, annual food drives are always important when it comes to feeding local families for the holidays, but this year, it’s president says, it’s needed more than ever before.

This year’s food drive will take place at the Stop and Shop in Neptune City, located at 116 Third Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Officers will be located in the parking lot to collect food donations.

“I think that this year our food drive will be the most important year for us to be able to give back to the community that makes up PBA 50 there may be more families than usual this year because of the pandemic,” James VanEtten, president of PBA 50, said, adding that he wanted to thank not only Stop and Shop but Rock Property Management for allowing the food drive to be held at the location. “I think it is important that we have a good showing from our members and a good donation from the community.”

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A list of items that are needed includes frozen turkeys and hams, frozen meals, canned vegetables, paper goods, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, diapers, jelly, peanut butter, cereal, soup, juice, pasta, dried foods, toiletries and reusable bags.

Donations will be delivered to Fulfill, previously known as the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and to food pantries located in Bradley Beach and Belmar.

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