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Family of Fun Festival Concludes with Food Drive

The charity effort benefits groups that serve the poor throughout the state.

The three-week-long Family of Fun Festival at the Meadowlands concludes Saturday with the $1.5 million Hambletonian, harness racing's most prestigious race. But doing good takes the focus with the event's annual food drive.

The altruistic project, sponsored by Parsippany-based Kings Supermarkets and the Hambletonian Society, benefits the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Anyone who comes out to The Big M Saturday with a non-perishable food item will receive free admission. Additionally, adults wil get a Hambletonian cap, and kids will receive their own Hambletonian water bottle.

"Kings would like to thank all who have donated food in the past and continue to do so," said Cheryl Good, the supermarket's community relations and consumer affairs manager.

Kings and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey have been partners for more than 27 years in providing food for the hungry and for those in need in the Garden State. The food bank distributes food to over 1,400 nonprofit organizations, including soup kitchens, emergency pantries, shelters, senior meal programs, low-income day care centers and group homes for the disabled.

If you plan to attend the festival this weekend, several items for Saturday's food drive are needed:

  • Canned items such as fish/meat, chili, stew, meaty soups, vegetables and fruits and/or boxed meals
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pasta

For more information on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, visit www.njfoodbank.org or call 908-335-3663. To learn more about the Hambletonian, visit www.thebigm.com or call 201-THE-BIGM.

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