The nonprofit SALT Foundation will be providing the public with free bags of healthy food in their fight against hunger at two different events this weekend:
- Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hope Center Tabernacle in Jersey City, 110 Cambridge Ave. At this sidewalk food pick-up event, individuals and families are welcome to collect fresh food from SALT Foundation along with canned goods provided by Hudson County Hunger Taskforce.
- Sunday, March 28 from 1:30 p.m. until all the food is distributed at First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 405 East Englewood Ave., Teaneck. Here, folks can drive-through to pick up fresh food from SALT Foundation.
The healthy fruits, vegetables, grains and other perishable food for these events has been donated to SALT Foundation by Trader Joe’s in Hoboken, Trader Joe’s in Brick, and Wegman’s in Princeton.
“So many have struggled to make it through an incredibly challenging winter, but this weekend we are gratified to welcome spring by helping to provide for those who need it most,” said Claudia Wheeler, SALT Foundation founder. “Spring is a time of hope and optimism, and it is crucial we support our neighbors in whatever ways we can. Healthy food addresses some of our most critical physical needs, and serving one another in love and compassion helps address our social needs as well.”
Saturday will be SALT Foundation’s second event at the Hope Center Tabernacle, while Sunday marks the second food giveaway event that SALT Foundation has held in Teaneck. SALT Foundation has previously held 28 other drive-through, drop-off and hand-out food sharing events, as well as food distribution in Jersey City, Union City, Teaneck, Hoboken, Somerset, New Brunswick, Trenton, East Brunswick, and Howell, distributing over 4,800 bags of food to local residents and families.
SALT Foundation gathers healthy and quality food that would otherwise be thrown away from these generous grocery stores, and then distributes it to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, community groups, churches, community fridges, and special events like this one. Over the past decade, Wheeler — a Navy veteran and teacher — has collected and delivered more than 145,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other food products to dozens of organizations and thousands of families, driving over 112,500 miles in the process.
To learn more about SALT Foundation, visit www.TheSALTFoundationInc.org.