On Friday, April 27th, , NxtUp94, the young workers’ committee of IBEW, Local 94, donated nearly $8,000 worth of food to Rise Food Pantry, located next door to Local 94 headquarters in Hightstown, NJ. The young workers placed donation containers at every work location, in addition to collecting monetary donations from members, in lieu of food. This was the fifth annual food drive organized by NxtUp94.
Leslie Koppel, Executive Director of Rise Community Services, and Mercer County Freeholder, said that NxtUp94’s contribution will greatly benefit the area households that her organization serves, especially during this time when donations are at their lowest. She noted that the food donated in the drive will help to feed 125 families per week, for two whole months.
In attendance along with Freeholder Koppel were members of NxtUp94: Bob Sheppard, Nick Gerrity, Ed Cody, Joseph Checkley, Shawn Sawicki, Adam Neuman, Mike Langham, Joe Davis, Matt Nee, and Joe Itri, as well as IBEW Local 94 President and Business Manager Bud Thoman.
NJ State Assemblyman, and President of IBEW, Local 269, Wayne DeAngelo, commended his Brothers and Sisters for putting together this much need food drive. “This is a great way to get our young members involved, and to help our community at the same time.”
“The success of this endeavor is a shining example of what our Local Union is all about,” said Bud Thoman. “We power our state and empower our communities.”