News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

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

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2024

Also Accepting Food Donations


BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In an effort to help reduce food insecurity in Somerset County, residents can now drop-off canned food and non-perishable items at the free Operation Secure Shred event on May 18. Donations will be distributed to local food banks.

The shredding event takes place at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility, at 411 Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are filled. The event will occur rain or shine.

Drop-Off Guidelines

Residents should be prepared to unload food donations and items and to be shredded from their vehicles. Staff will be available to assist them if necessary.

Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to present a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill that shows proof of a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses and commercial vehicles are NOT allowed.


Attend Any Shredding Event

Residents from all 21 Somerset County municipalities can attend as many shredding events as they like and can participate even if they do not reside in the towns that are holding the events. To view a list of dates and locations for shredding events, visit

Items Accepted & Food Donations

Participants can bring up to six boxes, containers, or bags of documents per visit, but they will be required to take back their receptacles. Staples and paperclips do not have to be removed.

Residents can donate canned food and non-perishable items in reusable bags or boxes.

Items Not Accepted

Junk mail, magazines and newspapers will NOT be accepted.

For more information about “Operation Secure Shred,” contact the Somerset County Public Works Department at 908-203-6018 or email

Identity Theft

Victims of identity theft can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s online one-stop resource center, which provides a step-by-step process for recovering from identity theft with downloadable resources. To learn more, visit

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