Cram the Cruiser with food donations to help your neighbors in need

Sparta. Volunteer police officers from every department will show up on Saturday and Sunday with cruisers to be crammed and will help collect donations.

| 05 Apr 2022 | 07:18

The police departments of Sussex County are teaming up to conduct the sixth annual Sussex County-wide Cram the Cruiser food drive.

Officers from every department will show up with cruisers to be crammed and volunteer in the collection of donations. They will be at the following locations on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m.:

Byram — Shop-Rite Plaza, 90-80 Route 206 North

Franklin — Weis Markets (140 Route 23) and Walmart (230 Route 23) parking lots

Newton — Weis Markets parking lot, 121 Water Street

Sparta — Stop & Shop parking lot, 5 Town Center Drive

Vernon — Acme Markets parking lot, 530 Route 515

All donations will go to the Sussex County Division of Social Services food pantry as well as other local pantries that provide food to county residents.

The Social Services pantry is staffed by volunteers, and the food collected does not go out of the county. It feeds people who come into the office and also sends food to other pantries in the county when they need help. The Social Services pantry also provides weekend meals to almost 500 local children involved in school lunch programs.

In addition to the items listed (see sidebar), any other food, cash or gift card donations will be accepted. Fresh and frozen turkeys and hams can also be donated.

Frozen items, gift cards, and cash donations will all be accepted.

Chicken noodle soup
Canned tuna or chicken (5 ounces)
Mac and cheese
Chewy granola bars
Oatmeal packets
Fruit snacks
Ramen noodles
Meals in a can (like spaghettios)
Beef stew or
Mac and cheese
Tuna or chicken in a can
Peanut butter and jelly
Hearty soups
Pasta and pasta sauce
Meals in a can
Instant potatoes
Pancake mix and syrup
Canned fruit
Baby food and formula
Personal hygiene products