Thank you for reminding your readers about essentials that are needed during the summer (“Some vital needs never go on vacation,” June 29). The Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization that is supported by churches, synagogues, businesses, and civic-minded groups. The number of families we serve has tripled over the last several years. Although a major food and basic necessities drive will be run by Shomrei Torah (973-696-2500) and Temple Beth Tikvah (973-595-6565) during the high holy days, the pantry has been struggling seriously these last few months to keep food on the shelves.
People in Wayne who are not affiliated with the synagogues can support the pantry over the summer by bringing nonperishables to either location. Please call them for their summer hours. There also are food barrels at Wayne’s public libraries. The pantry has an overabundance of soup, pasta, string beans, and corn. It needs canned vegetables (except string beans and corn), canned protein, canned cereals, canned or packaged (like Parmalat) milk. Regular sizes (not super sizes or individual serving sizes) are best.