While the majority of us are trying to get back to normal, Cathy Millian who runs the Senior Center reminded us that many Seniors rely on assistance as Social Security vs. the price of living has created a big gap.
To help fill this gap the Kiwanis Club delivered over 4,000 lbs. of food to any resident in need, this drive was handled through the coordination of the town, Cathy Millian and Boy Scout Troop 191 that provided traffic direction and helped to load the 40 lbs. boxes into the vehicles through strict no-contact rules. As observed by Cathy Millian at the end of the event, "this whole operation has ran very smoothly thanks to our partners".
In speaking to the Kiwanis Club:
As explained by Kiwanis Lt. Governor Frank Cahill and Kane Pope of Kiwanis Roxbury...
“Hunger never sleeps, and they want to make sure that no one is hungry during this period, with 3’ of snow on the ground. which is why they are distributing food across Hopatcong, this food-drive coincides with deliveries 40,000 lbs. of food delivered today across multiple towns today."
Lindsay Viola, President of Lenape Valley Kiwanis added, “This year we just wanted to find a way to give back, we just want to provide food for the people that need it.”
In Speaking to Hopatcong Boy Scouts 191:
Stuart Mabb as the Committee Chair for Boy Scouts Troop 191 spoke for the hard workers that were behind the scenes in directing traffic, loading boxes, and providing additional flyers and information stated the following.
Troop 191 “We were asked by the Kiwanis Club to help out today, we are just trying to help out the community wherever we can. That is what scouting is all about.”
In Speaking to Hopatcong Recreation Director:
Cathy Millian quickly underscored the need for today's Food Distribution, “This is absolutely a necessity right now, with prices going up, and social security staying flat, many people need a little assistance.”
Cathy also mentioned the restart of the hot lunch program under her direction, which started in July 2020 and allowed Seniors enrolled in the program to do a curb-side pickup of lunches (suggested donation $2.00).
- Kiwanis Club International: https://www.kiwanis.org/
- Stay in Touch with Hopatcong Events: Hopatcong Happenings Facebook Page
- Hopatcong Senior Center: 862.414.4802
32 Lakeside Blvd. Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Monday-Friday 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
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