Eleventh Annual "Stuff the Bus" Feeds Neighbors in Need

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If anyone is in need of food for themselves or their family, they can stop by the Division of Social Services, located at 83 Spring Street, Newton, NJ, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Several hundred faithful and compassionate listeners of WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3 and MAX 106.3 radio talents flocked to First Hope Bank; ShopRite; Franklin Sussex Auto Mall; the Mohawk House; Carl's Auto Body; R. Poust Heating and Cooling in Sparta; Homestead Rehabilitation and Health Care in Newton; U.S. Insurance Agency in Newton; The Mitchell Insurance Agency in Newton; Van Den Heuvel & Fountain Insurance in Augusta; and, Franklin Mutual Insurance Company during November to help "Stuff the Bus" and to Byram, Sparta and Andover Police Department collection sites to "Cram the Cruiser" with donations to benefit the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services Food Pantry, which serves Sussex County residents in need. WNNJ 103.7 personalities Gary Cee, Borasio and Tony Paige and WSUS 102.3 personalities Steve Andrews, Steve Allen, and George Fuller broadcasted live during several days, while loyal listeners filled buses provided by Sussex County Skylands Ride with their donations. Freeholder George Graham attended this year's event to greet residents and "Stuff the Bus" with donations.

WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3 and MAX 106.3 radio talents and local police departments with "Cram the Cruiser" campaigns have given many people a reason to be thankful during the holiday season by hosting the "Stuff the Bus" food drives for the past eleven years. This year, "Stuff the Bus" collected over 42,812 pounds of food and over $14,510.96 in monetary donations. Since the first "Stuff the Bus" event in 2008, over a quarter of a million pounds of food and over $67,900.00 has been donated to the Social Services Food Pantry.

The food pantry at the Division of Social Services provides food to residents in need throughout Sussex County, as well as local food pantries whose shelves are often depleted due to the increasing demand for assistance. Thanks to the continued support of WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3, MAX 106.3 and our generous community, Social Services has been able to keep food pantry shelves stocked throughout these economically difficult times.

The County of Sussex, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services would like to send a warm thank you to Gary Cee, Borasio, Tony Page, Steve Andrews, Steve Allen, George Fuller, WNNJ 103.7, WSUS 102.3, MAX 106.3, ShopRite, First Hope Bank, Chief Peter Zabita of the Byram Township Police Department, Chief Neil Spidaletto of the Sparta Township Police Department, Chief Eric Danielson of the Andover Police Department, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, Steve Scrou, the Mohawk House, Carl's Auto Body, Skylands Ride, food pantry volunteers and countless community supporters, as well as the people and businesses who served as a collection site and/or donated to make this food drive such a success.

If anyone is in need of food for themselves or their family, they can stop by the Division of Social Services located at 83 Spring Street, Newton, NJ, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Food or pet donations are accepted during these hours or special arrangements can be made for after-hours donations by calling 973-383-3600.

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