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Raven SantanaNov 21, 2017, 4:38 pm

Essex police officials stock soup kitchens with Thanksgiving meals for hungry

The drive brings hundreds of meals to veterans, the homeless and anyone who needs a warm meal

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NEWARK — The Essex County Sheriff's Office celebrated its annual Thanksgiving Drive on Tuesday, helping collect 400 meals for the homeless.

The department dropped off bulk items to local food pantries and soup kitchens like at St. John's Church that serves hundreds of people every day.

“We serve on average, 400 meals a day, lunch and breakfast; we started serving breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and then lunch at 11:30 p.m. We get a lot of veterans, homeless and poor people, those in need as well. Some of them might have apartments and they live in a low-income home and they come. We serve all people that come to us, we don't send anybody away,” said Father Bismarck of St. John's Church.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura says that this is their second stop in Newark where they unloaded two vehicles stuffed with food.

“Turkeys, 300 to 400 turkeys, we're still collecting turkeys. They'll be another two or three days to go. There are other trucks that went on somewhere else this morning delivering a couple of tons of food at least. For a department that not as large as some other departments are still I think it’s a great contribution,” Fontura said.

The donations will help stock the church's shelves for the coming winter months to help those who rely on the food to survive.

“It helps me eat real good and I like the free clothes and the free bread and I got some shoes for my son,” Nicole Scott said.

St. John's Church welcomes anyone to join them for a free hot Thanksgiving meal at the church on Wednesday.

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