Newswise — The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department have made this donation an annual event, providing tens of thousands of Thanksgiving meals over the years.  Lead by Officer Aret Yesiltepe, the turkeys were purchased through funds raised through the PBA Local 134 Civic Association.  Funding was also provided by a number of organizations including Hackensack University Medical Center and The Contemporary Club of HoHoKus.

 “Thanksgiving is not only a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, but it is also a time to demonstrate our gratitude by helping those who are less fortunate," said Mark D.  Sparta, FACHE, President & Chief Hospital Executive, Hackensack University Medical  Center & Executive Vice President, Population Health Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack University Medical Center team members are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office to raise money for and awareness of the needs of our community with events like this.”

“Thanksgiving dinner provides a sense of normalcy after months of the pandemic, job loss, broken supply chains, remote schooling, and Hurricane Ida,” said CFA Executive Director, Patricia Espy, “This donation of turkeys makes it possible for CFA to serve more than 3,000 families and we are very grateful to everyone involved.” 

“We recognize the challenges many families have faced through the pandemic,” stated Ashley Kelly, Board of Trustees for Social Services, The Contemporary Club of HoHoKus, “Those that touch not only our local community of Ho-Ho-Kus but surrounding regions.   While Ho-Ho-Kus in a small town, we pride ourselves on having big hearts”

About Center for Food Action Center for Food Action is one of the largest emergency food relief agencies in New Jersey.  With a mission to prevent hunger and homelessness, CFA improves the lives of low-income families and individuals from over 100 towns in northern NJ. CFA provides a wide range of emergency and case management services so that our neighbors in need can put food on their tables, keep a roof over their heads, keep their lights and gas on, and heat their homes.  Our advocates help provide information, referrals, counseling, assistance in accessing public programs, and other community services needed to help improve their lives.

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