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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Blairstown’s Food Collection Shed Welcomes All

Interior of local food pantry. Photo by MB Journe, 2/2023

The Blairstown Office of Emergency Management has a food collection shed to help the local food pantries in Warren County. Donations of nonperishable food, household beauty products and cleaning products are accepted.

The yellow shed is located in the parking lot of the Blairstown Police Department, Route 94, Blairstown.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The donations are distributed equally amongst all of the local food pantries.

First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown’s helpful volunteers. Photo by MB Journe, 2/2023

To donate, make checks payable to First United Methodist Church of Blairstown. Check out the Ridge View Echo’s directories for locations and schedules of food pantries in the area. Each week, one of the local churches hosts a food pantry open in the morning hours to the public.

The pantries have a large variety of food. They often have fresh seasonal produce donated by local farms, in addition to meats, eggs and sometimes products from Panera Bread.

Anyone in need is encouraged to come by. In many cases, volunteers will even bring the food to a recipient’s car.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.