To celebrate Thanksgiving, Middlesex County food distribution organization REPLENISH held a series of events and food drives throughout November to raise awareness of food insecurity and collect non-perishable food and supplies.

The month-long campaign culminated in REPLENISH’s annual turkey distribution on November 18, where 1,445 turkeys weighing 16,193 pounds were distributed to 45 REPLENISH partner agencies. Of the turkeys, 1,280 were purchased by FMC at a cost of approximately $40,156.47 weighing 14,393 pounds and 165 were donated for approximately 1,800 pounds.

This year, the Rutgers men’s golf team volunteered to help with the turkey distribution. Volunteers helped the REPLENISH team load the turkeys into the truck.

In addition to the turkeys, each pantry also received a non-perishable holiday food centerpiece from the East Brunswick Mayor’s Charity Gala; the centerpieces were donated to Stop & Shop.

Volunteers help the REPLENISH team load food into the truck.

How to help

To keep shelves stocked, REPLENISH accepts donations of non-perishable foods and essential supplies year-round; individuals may drop off items from 9am to 2pm Monday through Friday at the REPLENISH Distribution Center located at 28 Kennedy Blvd. Suite 850 in East Brunswick. Call 732-729-0880 with any questions.

Volunteers help the REPLENISH team load food into the truck.

Additionally, cash donations are also always accepted in the form of a check made payable to “Feeding Middlesex County.” Checks can be mailed to PO Box 781, Edison, NJ 08818, or donations can be made online through the Feeding Middlesex County website at

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