Monday, December 21st, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation delivered trucks loaded with food donated by DOT employees to four charities throughout the state this holiday season, including the Market Street Mission in Morristown.
More than 5,525 items, such as canned goods and non-perishable food, were donated, as part of Governor Chris Christie’s fifth annual “Season of Service” initiative in which the Governor, First Lady Mary Pat Christie, and leaders of state departments take part in community service projects around the state.
In the second annual DOT food drive, the Department expanded its efforts to benefit a food bank in each of the Department’s three regions.
North Region employees donated goods to the Market Street Mission, Central Region donated to the Freehold Area Open Door, and South Region donated to the Food Bank of South Jersey located in Pennsauken.
In addition, DOT headquarters staff collected goods for the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, which was a beneficiary last year as well.
The Season of Service campaign was spearheaded by the Department’s operations and maintenance staff. It provided employees who work at any of the 62 maintenance facilities, as well as those employees at headquarters in Trenton, an opportunity to participate.
“Expanding the food drive this year to each region was a way for our staff to directly help the local communities and residents where they work. It is especially important this time of year, which can be difficult for those in need,” said DOT Acting Commissioner Richard Hammer.
“I am proud that in our second year of organizing this food drive, DOT employees demonstrated the tremendous generosity we have come to expect by nearly doubling the amount we collected last year.”
Market Street Mission of Morristown ministers to the homeless, helpless, and hopeless in Northern New Jersey by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through a structured program which enables them to lead responsible, productive lives.
The Mission meets critical needs of homeless and disadvantaged men, women and children through its emergency services program, providing tens of thousands of meals and shelter nights to those in need every year.
Earlier this month, Governor Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie recognized Market Street Mission Executive Director David Scott as the 8th New Jersey Hero of 2015.