Assemblyman volunteers at Bentley Community Services

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Brant Holmes, left to right, Dorothy Stearns-Holmes and Assemblyman Roy Freiman during a recent visit to Bentley Community Services in South Brunswick.PHOTO COURTESY OF DOROTHY STEARNS-HOLMES

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Brant Holmes, left to right, Dorothy Stearns-Holmes and Assemblyman Roy Freiman during a recent visit to Bentley Community Services in South Brunswick.PHOTO COURTESY OF DOROTHY STEARNS-HOLMES

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Although a visit to Bentley Community Services Food Pantry by Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-16) and two staff members was originally scheduled in April for National Volunteer month, they recently visited amidst struggles from the coronavirus pandemic.

For seven years, Bentley Community Services (BCS), a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping families, seniors and individuals in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of high quality grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting/eliminating weekly grocery bills. BCS has distributed over 1.7 million pounds of high quality foods to date, according to information provided by BCS.

As the main grocer, BCS creates access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition so families benefit weekly from full shopping carts, feeding their families healthy and nutritious foods from the major food groups and more. The crucial monies that families save they then have to apply toward paying their monthly bills and expenses, reducing and paying off debts, medical bills and co-pays as these families work toward financial stability and security, according to the statement.

BCS also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Economic challenges, living paycheck to paycheck and the pandemic have many families struggling to makes ends meet. BCS has remained open since the start of the pandemic and continues to serve neighbors in need, according to the statement.

BCS operated for two years and then outgrew its origins in Belle Mead and is located in the Monmouth Junction portion of South Brunswick where it serves clientele families that come from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Monmouth counties. Each week, families pack up full shopping carts for their families of provisions, picked up by BCS from numerous grocers, restaurants, farms, bakeries, distributors, wholesalers and food harvest programs. Provisions are sorted and checked by volunteers to be distributed each week into the households that certainly could use them.

Anyone needing assistance should call BCS at 908-227-0684 for help. There are also several volunteer opportunities available.

The warehouse distribution facility is located at 4064 Route 1, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org or www.facebook.com/bentleycommunityservices/

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year. Or, offer a tax-deductible charitable donation through the website via PayPal or send by check to Bentley Community Services, P.O. Box 1093, Belle Mead 08502.

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