Flemington Car & Truck Country, Somerset Patriots, Clinton Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton Donate Holiday Meals for Local Families
Bridgewater, NJ –On Friday, November 19th Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda, Jaguar Land Rover Princeton along with The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate made a donation to local families through the Flemington Area Food Pantry and the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. This donation will feed 1000 families in need this Thanksgiving within both Hunterdon & Somerset Counties. In addition, many associates from the Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands donated their holiday turkey (given to them by the company) back to the Flemington Area Food Pantry.
This is the second year the team and dealerships made the donation of meals. Founding Chairman Steve Kalafer wanted to help fight food insecurity and decided to donate turkey dinners to hundreds of families last November.
“The holidays are a special time when we are able to appreciate the many blessings we have in life, while taking the time to remember those that may not be as fortunate,” said Jonathan Kalafer, Co-Owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton, and Co-Chairman of the Patriots. “Last year, our father was inspired to feed hundreds of families in the communities we serve. It is our honor to follow that inspiration to help make a difference.”
The donation for Somerset County residents was made at the Food Bank Network of Somerset County’s main warehouse in Bound Brook. Jonathan Kalafer and his son Broden were joined by Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry, team mascot Sparkee, County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson, Commissioner Douglas Singleterry and the President of the Board of Directors of the Somerset County Food Bank Network, Gordon White.
“Anybody who is in need, or has ever been in need, the first thing people think of is ‘what am I going to eat tonight,’” said White. “It’s not ‘do I pay the rent or do I go to a doctor?’ It’s how do I feed myself and how am I going to feed my family. If we can’t meet that first level of support, people don’t have the will or the energy or the mental stamina to devote to anything else.
The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in the community in a manner which recognizes and advances self-worth and human dignity. The Food Bank Network of Somerset County is incorporated as a charitable, not-for-profit organization. The majority of their food and funding are donations provided by individuals, families, philanthropic organizations, businesses and corporations of all sizes. For more information, or to make a food or monetary donation, please visit somersetfoodbank.org.
“Donations this time of year are important to the fabric of what makes family and communities a community,” said Commissioner Director Robinson. “That we are all working together to make sure that we are all made whole and that we have a great time with our family and friends, but more importantly, there’s nothing else that matters when you are coming together with family than coming to break bread.”
Added Commissioner Singleterry, “This has been a tough time for a lot of people, and I applaud the work that the Food Bank does, and all the people that support the Food Bank, not just during the holiday season, but throughout the entire year. This is really helping a lot of people out and the work they do is appreciated.”
The Kalafers and Sparkee then visited the Flemington Food Pantry to make the donation for Hunterdon County residents to Executive Director, Jeannine Gorman.
“We never had a clue of how many people would show up to our door, but we have faith that no matter how many people there are, that we have the support of the community to have everything we need in order to ensure people have the food that they need for their families,” said Gorman. “For us, having strong partners like the Kalafer family and their businesses is absolutely critical to everything that we do.”
Raritan Township Mayor Gary Hazard and Committeeman Jeff Kuhl were in attendance for the presentation.
“It’s so great to see a family like the Kalafer family, now third generation here, that Steve taught them so well,” Committeeman Kuhl said. “They always want to give back to the community that they serve. The Somerset Patriots and Flemington Car and Truck Country are great for the community and so is the Kalafer family.”
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. The Flemington Area Food Pantry depends on the generosity of the Hunterdon County community for its very existence. Without donations of food and funds, the Pantry would not exist. More than 80% of Pantry income is derived from contributions of cash and groceries. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit flemingtonfoodpantry.org.
“We know these donations will help feed families and bring some joy to those in need,” said Josh Kalafer, Co-Owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country and Clinton Honda, Chairman of Jaguar Land Rover Princeton, and Co-Chairman of the Patriots. “It’s a way for our family, team, and dealerships to do good in our community during a time when it is very much needed. It is how our businesses have always operated under our father’s guidance and they will continue to do so long into the future.”
About Flemington Car & Truck Country, Clinton Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton
Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands, Clinton Honda and Jaguar Land Rover Princeton are authorized Automotive Sales, Service and Parts Dealerships serving Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and other surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania counties since 1976. They have locations on Routes 202, 31, 22 and 206.
About the Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate and develop today’s top minor league talent into the pinstriped superstars of tomorrow for MLB’s winningest team. The Patriots compete in the Double-A Northeast League and play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, where fans of all ages and levels of baseball fandom get to enjoy the unique experience that is minor league baseball.
To learn more, visit: www.somersetpatriots.com.