The Bordentown Library branch is one of many reusable bag drop off sites

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The South Jersey Food Bank needs reusable bags to distribute groceries to neighbors in need, and the Burlington County Library System and Burlington County Commissioners are lending a helping hand.

By September 30, most branches of the Burlington County Library System will serve as collection sites for the food bank’s reusable bag campaign. Burlington County commissioners are also donating several boxes of new reusable bags to the nonprofit, which must adjust its operations to comply with New Jersey’s plastic bag ban.

The South Jersey Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in South Jersey, serving residents, food pantries and other charities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties. The non-profit group distributes more than 80,000 bags or boxes of groceries per year.

“Shoppers aren’t the only ones having to adapt to the plastic bag ban. Organizations and pantries like the South Jersey Food Bank also need to comply and change the way they do things,” said Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson, council liaison with the Department of Social Services. .

“Our county plans to make a major donation of reusable bags to the campaign, but we’re also encouraging residents to help out by collecting any excess reusable bags they haven’t used or purchasing a few extras on their next trip to grocery store. . They can bring new bags to our libraries to donate. This is an excellent service that will help the food bank continue its essential mission.

Burlington County Library System branches serving as bag collection sites are:

Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton.
Bordentown Library, 18 East Union St., Bordentown.
Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson.
Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton.
Maple Shade Library, 200 Stiles Ave., Maple Shade.
Pemberton Library, 16 Broadway, Browns Mills.
Pinelands Library, 49 Union St., Medford.

Reusable bags must be new and unused. They can only be dropped off during normal library hours.

“The Burlington County Library System was created to serve as a resource for our communities. So it’s only natural for our libraries to help organizations like the South Jersey Food Bank support families in need,” said Burlington County Library Board Chairman Jonathan Chebra.

Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel said donating reusable bags is another way county residents are helping the county and the food bank address food insecurity. Since 2020, Burlington County has partnered with the South Jersey Food Bank to hold regular food distributions throughout the county.

“Addressing hunger and food insecurity continues to be one of our top priorities for Burlington County and supporting the South Jersey Food Bank is one of the methods we use. Together, we distributed groceries and prepared meals for over 16,000 residents,” Eckel said. “We want to build on this achievement by helping the Food Bank of South Jersey adapt to new regulations and we hope the community will help as well.”

State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-7) said the campaign is a way for residents to help the food bank’s mission.

“The Food Bank of South Jersey is an organization leading the fight against food insecurity in our region. Donating a few extra bags is something we can all do to help them continue to provide extra support to families in need,” he said. “I commend the Burlington County Library System for taking a step forward and creating donation sites for branch libraries, as well as commissioners and anyone who contributes bags for this important cause. “

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