WIN, the Wayne Interfaith Network, a coalition of volunteers from local synagogues, churches, and other organizations in Wayne, provides ongoing provisions of non-perishable food and other basic necessities for needy Wayne residents.
The food supplies are critically low, and because there now are children who are home for the summer, with no access to school lunches, donations are being requested as soon as possible. Bags of non-perishable food and other basic necessities (such as paper goods, toiletries, and cleaning products) can be brought to drop off spots in town. Those places include the Wayne YMCA, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday (use the Jewish Family Services entrance) and the Wayne public library (or Preakness branch) during library hours.
Plastic or aluminum containers are preferred over glass. Items must be non-perishable; there must be no dents or cracks in cans or bottles and no torn or open boxes or containers. Limit donations to regular sizes, not super sizes, and check expiration dates on packages.
Other support WIN programs for Wayne residents in need include Summer Sneakers, Back-to- School Clothes & Shoes, and Thanksgiving Baskets. The Wayne Senior and Social Services Department screens clients. Anyone in need of food should call Regina Parks at (973) 694-1800, ext. 3281. Groups and organizations planning to collect food and other basic necessities should contact the WIN Food Pantry at (973) 595-1900. Donations can be made by check or money order to the Wayne Interfaith Network, PO Box 3341, Wayne, NJ 07474-3341.