Belleville Sisters Keep Up ‘Wave Of Positivity’ With Food Drive

Eric Kiefer
·2 min read

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A pair of sisters in Belleville continue their efforts to “create a wave of positivity” in their township.

Selena and Sabrina Kossup raised almost $4,000 in May 2020 selling lawn signs, using the proceeds to buy masks, gloves, sanitizer and other personal protective equipment for the local fire and police departments. The pair of siblings also used some of their fundraising proceeds to buy lunch for health care workers at Clara Maass Medical Center.

Now, the Kossups are turning their attention to another local resource that’s been providing crucial service amid the coronavirus pandemic: a local food pantry.

Their “contactless food drive” will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. on Rutan Road in Belleville (look for a heart-shaped balloon). Donors will be able to “drop and go.”

They’re asking for items including canned meat or fish, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, soups, canned tomatoes and vegetables, pasta sauce, pasta, white/brown rice, dried beans, cold cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, peanut butter and jelly, powdered/evaporated milk, baby food, baby formula, diapers and paper goods such as toilet paper or paper towels.

Patch has teamed with Feeding America to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions of Americans facing hunger. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that in 2020, more than 50 million Americans will not have enough nutritious food to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a Patch social good project; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.

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This article originally appeared on the Belleville-Nutley Patch