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With Spring Comes Hope and, Hopefully, a Renewed Spirit of Giving

Do you know that most community pantries experience a significant drop in donations after the holidays? March is a great time to get back on the giving train.

Community pantries usually have “wish lists.” Here we reprint a needs list from the community-sponsored pantry in Rutherford, New Jersey. Not from the area? You can be sure there is a similar organization near you that would welcome your generosity.

What Will You Give to Help the Less Fortunate?

The Rutherford’s group theme for March is “Spring Cleaning.” Board Secretary Jonathan Bigley explained why. “The pantry exists to meet the emergency and ongoing needs for food and hygiene items for citizens of Rutherford and members of Rutherford religious institutions who are referred by an approved agency. For this reason, we accept cleaner of all types, given that they can be considered emergency items.”

You can help fill the shelves of your community pantry.

You can help fill the shelves of your community pantry.

Here we are pleased to reprint the organization’s needs list for March.


The Pantry is in need of the following items for its clients during the month of March. Thank you for your February donations!

Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Fabric Softener, Kitchen Cleaner, Dish Detergent, Scouring Powder (Ajax, Comet), Soap Pads (Brillo, S.O.S.), Bathroom Cleaner, Windex, Sponges, Furniture Polish, Dust Cloths, Baking Soda, Floor Cleaner, Mops, Brooms, Oven Cleaner, Canned Seafood (clams, sardines, tuna), Spam, Juices (all varieties), Canned Fruits, Canned Chili, Shaving Cream, Razors, Female and Male Deodorants, Lunch Box Snacks, and Clean Paper Grocery Bags

Items may be delivered to the Pantry located in the basement of Borough Hall. If the pantry is locked, you may leave your donations outside the Pantry door.

Please remember that the Pantry cannot accept any items that have expired dates.

The Pantry does not need the following at this time: Cranberry Sauce, Canned Green Beans, Chicken Noodle Soup, Pasta, Canned Peas, Canned Yams

Thank you for your support!

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