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It’s Back! Noah’s Ark vs. Chopstix Annual Food Drive and Challenge

This year, includes Dougies BBQ.

(Courtesy of Chopstix and Noah’s Ark) For the past 15 years, corned beef and pastrami have been engaged in an epic battle with eggrolls and General Tso to win Teaneck’s Helping Hands Food Pantry annual pre-Passover food collection challenge. Last year, due to the start of the pandemic, the drive was put on hold.

Each year, customers of Noah’s Ark and Chopstix face off against each other in the contest to have their favorite food establishment declared the winner of the collection challenge.

“For over 15 years, Noah’s Ark has been proud to sponsor with Chopstix the largest annual food drive for the Teaneck Food Pantry,” said Noam Sokolow, owner of Noah’s Ark Deli and Shelly’s Dairy Restaurant.

The challenge two years ago “realized over 300 bags of cereal, pancake mix, flour, tuna, ketchup, diapers and toiletries for the food pantry, just as supplies were low and they were most in need,” stated Elie Y. Katz of Chopstix. “Noam helps store the food and delivers the food bags to the pantry with his staff and catering truck.”

This year, because of space limitations at Chopstix due to COVID safety restrictions, all donations should be brought to Dougies BBQ at 184 West Englewood Ave., Teaneck. Noah’s Ark and Shelly’s will be accepting food. This year’s contest runs from March 1 through March 25.

Donations of unopened, non-refrigerated food and toiletries will be accepted and greatly appreciated at the following Teaneck locations: Dougies BBQ: 184 West Englewood Ave., Noah’s Ark: 493 Cedar Lane, and Shelly’s Dairy Restaurant: 482 Cedar Lane.

This is a contest where everyone wins! The Teaneck Helping Hands Food Pantry, The Janice Preschel Project, receives desperately needed food, and donors can clear their pantries while helping their neighbors. Two years ago, Noah’s Ark won the contest.

Easy way to donate: Order a delivery from Noah’s Ark (201-692-1200) and when the driver hands you the delicious hot food for your family, give the driver your donation of food for a Teaneck family in need.

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