In the fall of 2013, Milford residents Charlie and Bob White met with Frenchtown Mayor Warren Cooper to propose a challenge softball game – Milford vs. Frenchtown – to benefit local food pantries. In May of the following year, the two teams met in what would be the start of Strikeout Hunger NJ, although it would be another five years before the game expanded to include other towns. In those five years, the two municipalities would raise over two and a half tons of food for the pantries in Frenchtown and Milford. They would also increase the awareness that hunger is real, and it isn’t just in third-world countries. It lives here, in New Jersey, within our communities, and with our neighbors.
Milford and Frenchtown are now competing on May 4, 2019 against Flemington, Holland, Clinton and Alexandria to fight for the title at Riegel Ridge Community Center in Holland Township. As the tournament expands, they hope to unite “Hunterdon against Hunger” with a strong message to “Send hunger to the bench”.
Details and links for players, volunteers and sponsors are at www.StrikeOutHungerNJ.org.
Bob White pictured above with his wife Charlie, serves as a Democrat, on Milford Borough Council