Catholic Cemeteries Requests Food Donations for Communities in Need During Christmas Season
Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, kicks off its annual Christmas food drive to assist those in need this season.
Non-perishable food items such as cereal boxes or soup cans are accepted for distribution to local food pantries to help feed those who are less fortunate. Donors are asked to kindly check the expiration dates on food before dropping them off. Donations may be brought to cemetery and mausoleum offices during business hours from December 1st to January 6th. (See below for a list of cemetery locations.)
*Monetary Donations are also accepted through our website: https://www.rcancem.org/donate
“Feeding the hungry is one of the most basic acts of loving kindness and is one of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark. “Donating to our food bank ministry on behalf of our deceased loved ones is a charitable act and a loving gift that truly honors the memory of the faithful departed in a tangible way.”
The annual food drive has aided two local organizations in recent years: the Newark-based Missionary Sisters of Charity, founded by Saint Mother Teresa, which provides food and shelter primarily for women in the community; and the Emergency Food and Nutrition Network in East Orange, which provides assistance and emergency food supplies to 50 food centers in the Archdiocese.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES FOOD DRIVE LOCATIONS:
- Gate of Heaven Cemetery & Mausoleum, 225 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, NJ 07932, 888-459-0746
- Maryrest Cemetery & Mausoleum, 770 Darlington Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430, 888-489-9095
- Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, NJ 07031, 888-467-8903
- Saint Gertrude Cemetery & Mausoleum, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia, NJ 07067, 888-444-2791
- Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum, 823 West Side Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306, 888-621-0337
- Christ the King Cemetery, 980 Huron Rd., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417, 888-802-2933
Donations may be brought to cemetery and mausoleum offices during business hours from December 1st to January 6th.