The second annual “Battle of the Hamptons” has begun, and Lower Southampton came out strong this weekend with their efforts to contribute to the local food bank. Thanks to the community, the Feasterville GIANT, and local police there was almost too much food to transport.

Sergeant Matthew Bowman parked his car out front of the Feasterville GIANT parking lot Saturday morning to collect non perishable food items. It became so successful, two Assistant Managers, Essie Hodzic and Michael Malone, came to his aid.

Ofc Colleen Rosenfeld (L) and Sgt Matthew Bowman. Photo via Crimewatch.

The event took place from 7 a.m. until noon. Sergeant Matthew Bowman says that he was grateful for the turnout.

“I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if it was going to be a high or low turnout, but it ended up being a crazy and extreme turnout. The generosity of the citizens that I had contact with was really heartwarming. It was a positive event for the community.”

The police car doors were difficult to close due to the generous amount of food that the community donated.

Sergeant Bowman said people approached him to ask what non perishable items the food bank was looking for.

“I recommended pasta and peanut butter and jelly. Food items that you can put in kids lunches and are easy to cook.”

Assistant Managers, Essie Hodzic and Michael Malone. Image via Crimewatch.

After Sergeant Bowman’s recommendations, people came right back with those items for children in need.

The food drive is running until July 31st. Donations will be accepted at the Township Library and the Local Township municipal building. Lower Southampton police officers will also accept donations on site. All donations will be sent to Assumption BVM Churches’ food bank.

WBCB’s Kayla Santiago contributed to this post.