The South Jersey Indian Association (SJIA), in partnership with several prominent organizations of the area, collected over 3000 pound of food under its month-long SewaDiwali food drive, and donated it on November 8, 2019, to the Community Food bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) in Egg Harbor Township.
Special guest Anthony Coppola, Mayor, Galloway Township, some community leaders, including Jayesh Jha (Gayatri Pariwar), Monika Jha, Pushpa, Harshitaben (Brahma Kumaris), Rama Bodapatti; business leaders Romesh Ruthnaswamy (AIMS), Vishal Brahmbhatt (ReMax of AC), Nandini Singh (Kuman) and SJIA members, were present on this occasion.
Colette Kraus of the CFBNJ received the food as donation, according to a press release
SJIA president Charan Singh thanked all those who participated in the SewaDiwali Food drive, especially the organizations, businesses, children, and SJIA members that helped collecting the large amount of food items for the needy.
The organizations that participated in the drive this year are: Gayatri Pariwar of AC, Kumon of Northfield Nizam Indian Cuisine, EHT, BrahmaKumaris Hindu Temple, Pomona Aroma Restaurant, Galloway, HSS of AC, Gokul Indian Groceries, Nizam Mediterranean, AIMS, Galloway Atlanticare IT, Local54/KickBusch Wallace Law firm, ReMax, Galloway, MediCap Pharmacy, Galloway Dream Team Cutz, and Northfield.
A Commendation letter was also received from New Jersey Senator Chris Brown, applauding SJIA’s annual SewaDiwali food drive and community support programs.
It was the second consecutive food drive Indian communities conducted in the South Jersey area. The annual SewaDiwali food drive was especially conducted to celebrate and mark the Diwali holiday season.
Last year, SJIA collected over 1900 pounds of food and donated to the Community Food Bank of NJ, Egg Harbor Township, in the presence of Congressman Jeff Van Drew.
SJIA’s other main events are India Day “Mela” and Parade in Atlantic City, in the month of August.