News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner


June 21, 2021

Somerset County Supports Curbing Hunger Month in June

Residents Can Donate with Their Recycling

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Curbing Hunger is held every year in June to help alleviate food supply shortages that often occur during the summer months when school lunch programs are closed and there are fewer holiday food drives. This year food supplies are even lower due to the pandemic, but residents can help replenish the shortage by donating non-perishable food with their curbside recycling in June.

“Many might be surprised to know that there are about 17,000 county residents who are food insecure even in the prosperous county of Somerset,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “I’m urging residents who are lucky enough to have food on the table to help their neighbors by donating whatever they can to help their neighbors in need.”

How to Donate

Residents should place canned goods in the orange or yellow plastic bag that was tied to the handle of their county recycling bin, or they can use any plastic grocery bag and write the word “food” on it with a permanent marker.  Food donations should be left at the curb with their recycling and will be collected on their regularly scheduled recycling pick-up days. Watch the video to learn more,

The most needed items are Parmalat milk, canned meat and fish, “meals-in-a-can” such as pasta, stews and meaty soups, canned tomato sauce, canned fruits, and peanut butter and jelly in plastic jars. Perishable items and food in glass containers cannot be accepted.

Donations will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and then distributed to Food Bank Network families, the Franklin Food Bank and other local food pantries that serve Somerset County residents.

Online Donations

To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables online, visit Donations will be delivered directly to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.


Monetary Donations

Checks should be made payable to Curbing Hunger, Inc. and mailed to 140 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.


About Curbing Hunger

This year marks the 27th anniversary of Curbing Hunger Month. In 1995, Curbing Hunger began as a pilot program in Somerset County and expanded to several other counties in New Jersey.

Curbing Hunger Month is sponsored by the Somerset Board of County Commissioners, the Somerset County Recycling Division, the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, Curbing Hunger Inc., Amp Your Good, Inc., and local municipalities.

For more information about Curbing Hunger Inc., visit

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