North Bergen officials and entities teamed up to host their annual turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving yesterday, donating over 2,500 turkeys, 1,500 pernil, and other holiday trimmings to township residents.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The holiday food items were paid for with donations and funding from the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, NB C.A.R.E.S, as well as the North Bergen Housing Authority.
“This event is a great way to bring the community together every year,” state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.
“We are thankful that we are able to do this as a Township, and I am especially grateful to our NB C.A.R.E.S Director Aimee Focaraccio for coordinating this wonderful event – in addition to all of the other great work her organization does to help those in crisis.”
Sacco was joined by Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, County Commissioner Chair Anthony Vainieri, NB C.A.R.E.S Coordinator Aimee Focaraccio, as well as countless other township employee volunteers and student volunteers from the local high school.
“With rising food costs, inflation, and other post-pandemic stressors impacting families, we want to do everything we can to lessen their burden,” added Focaraccio.
“This event is a tremendous success every year thanks to support from the Township, the Nicholas J Sacco Foundation, the Housing Authority, as well as the volunteers who show up to assist residents young and old get their turkeys.”
NB C.A.R.E.S. was launched in 2013 to help the victims of fires or other disasters. They are involved in numerous community events and activities throughout the year, providing resources for residents of all ages.
One of the main components of the program is the Emergency Relief Center, which is fully stocked with food, clothing, toiletries, bedding, etc. to assist vulnerable families in emergency situations. Stocking the center is a collaborative effort between the township, donors, local businesses, and drives.