HIGHLANDS – The Highlands Business Partnership (HBP) delivered another 2065 food and supply items to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Pantry this Sunday, continuation of the November pledge to support local food pantries through Food Drive 2021. “The pantries definitely need the support after the holidays,” noted Jay Cosgrove, president of the HBP, explaining why the drive is ongoing. HBP Volunteer Director Carla Cefalo added that because of that pledge three months ago, “the dedicated volunteers went straight to work and we successfully delivered the items to OLPH. “ Highlands own Frankie Montecalvo of Lexus Racing USA as well as the Colby family also made generous donations which allowed HBP to purchase meat and other items needed for local families,” Cefalo said. “And we will all be ready and working hard towards the next delivery, which is scheduled for the Atlantic Highlands Methodist church.” “These and other HBP programs are made possible by our great business community, the generosity of our residents and the dedicated volunteers,” said Councilman Kevin Martin, HBP Liaison to the governing body.. “The Highlands Business Partnership (HBP) recognizes all local Food banks throughout the state have been severely impacted by COVID-19. They are facing increased demands for support, and operational capacity is strained. Many have seen drastic reductions in their food recovery efforts yet continue to work to serve those who rely on their services to feel safe and healthy, Cosgrove added.. Since April 2020, the Highlands Business Partnership has raised food for the local food pantries of OLPH/St. Agnes parish and Atlantic Highlands Methodist Church. The partnership, in response to a request from Mayor Carolyn Broullon, launched the Curbside Kindness Program when essential businesses were open for take-out only. HBP purchased bins and created posters to raise awareness asking people who called for take-out, to also donate a can or two. HBP volunteers serving as Bin Managers, were assigned to each participating business; and collected and delivered food weekly to the two pantries. In September, Food Drive 500 kicked off in response to a request from managers Dan and Tricia Curtin at the OLPH pantry in need of 500 items within 30 days to match a donation of $500 from a private donor. The HBP volunteers delivered far more than the requested 500 items within the month, with the Highlands Lions Club assisting in the delivery. Cosgrove and Cefalo, together with Mayor Broullon, expressed special thanks to Bin Managers Karen Grezner, Beth Marrone, Rosemarie Conte, Martin, Jessica Savino, Kat Walsh, and Liz Conroy, as well as local businesses, Bahrs Restaurant, Bay Avenue Bakery, Chilangos, Chubby Pickle, Feed and Seed, Franny’s, Katz, Gert’s Snacks, In the Garden, Off the Hook, One Willow, Porcini, Proving Ground and Shoregrafx. The Highlands Business Partnership (HBP), a 501-C3 non-profit corporation, founded in 1999 and works on behalf of all those who live, work or invest in Highlands. For more information on the Highlands Business Partnership’s Food Drives and other programs and events, visit www.highlandsnj.com.