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Bridge Marina Hosts Second Annual Christmas in July Food Drive


For Immediate Release

July 9, 2024

Contact: Becca Fernandez

(973) 663-1976

Bridge Marina Hosts Second Annual Christmas in July Food Drive

Bridge Marina invites boaters to support the community, in partnership with Sparta Community Food Pantry.

Men and women from Bridge Marina on Lake Hopatcong posing on the dock with items collected for the food drive

Lake Hopatcong, N.J. – Bridge Marina will hold their Christmas in July Food Drive, Saturday July 27th to Sunday July 28th at their marina on Lake Hopatcong. Guests are invited to bring a non-perishable food donation that will support Sparta Community Food Pantry’s efforts in supplying resources to local families and individuals in need. Those who donate will receive a thank you gift from Bridge Marina.

About the upcoming drive, Valerie Macchio,   and Board President of Sparta Community Food Pantry said, “e ant to than ridge Marina for having this stu the boat food drive. Food drives are such an important part of our ability to distribute items to our clients, a simple thank you never seems enough. We feed approximately 3,800-4,000 people in Sussex County each month. We could not purchase this amount of food and oer the clients a good variety of items. Food drives allow the community to help their neighbors, friends and family and believe me, it never goes unnoticed by us or our clients. Having a good variety of foods, condiments, and snacks really does help clients feel like someone cares. We at the Sparta Community Food Pantry feed anyone in need and believe that having good, healthier food is NOT a privilege, and food drives do give us the ability to oer euitable food and food choices, and for that we thank ridge Marina.”

This is the second food drive that Bridge Marina has hosted during its busy summer season. Becca Fernandez of Bridge Marina said, “As a small business with deep local roots, we feel it’s important to support our community in a variety of ways. The Sparta Food Community Food Pantry is a welcoming, incredible organization that helps thousands of local people in need each year. Through this eort, we’re hoping to help keep the pantry’s shelves stocked during the summer months.”

For more information on Bridge Marina’s upcoming events and to learn more about the marina’s community-focused efforts, visit

About Bridge Marina: Bridge Marina is the perfect place to begin a boating journey. We offer boat lessons, boat rentals, and a boating club to get you started, plus boat sales, service and a boutique marina for those who wish to make a bigger plunge into the boating lifestyle. A cornerstone on Lake Hopatcong with a sister location at the Jersey Shore on Sandy Hook Bay, Bridge Marina looks forward to Bridge Marina team members with previous food donations at the marina’s ’s fuel dock on Lake Hopatcong helping you discover a better boating experience this summer.

To learn more, visit or call (973) 663-1976.

Sparta Food Pantry Logo

About Sparta Community Food Pantry: Sparta Community Food Pantry is a charitable 501c3 organization* that helps community members in need. Through the donations they receive, they provide food to struggling families and individuals. On top of food, they also provide paper products, pet food, household products, and hygiene products.

* Source: Sparta Community Food Pantry website


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