The school year has just begun and you are already facing your first important deadline.

Wednesday, September 9th is your last chance  to help the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for the chance to win a special visit by the newly crowned Miss America 2016!

Again this year, Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG is joining the Miss America Organization to collect non-perishable food for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The Lite Rock/ Miss America Serves Atlantic City Rescue Mission Food Drive is asking South Jersey schools to begin the school year by collecting canned and packaged food to help feed the hungry.

The collection takes place  through September 9th, 2015.

The school which collects the most food will win an appearance at their school by Miss America 2106.

Last year this food drive collection partnership between Lite Rock and the Miss America Organization was held exclusively in the Atlantic City Schools.

This year, The Lite Rock/Miss America Serves Food Drive is expanding to include all schools in South Jersey, much the same way the AC Rescue Mission serves people from all over South Jersey.

Miss America 2016 will make a special appearance at the Atlantic City school which collects the most food and, this year, a separate appearance at the school outside of Atlantic City with the biggest food collection.

Keep listening to the Lite Rock Morning Show with Eddie Davis for updates on The Lite Rock/Miss America Serves Food Drive collection contest!

Lite Rock’s studios are at 950 Tilton Road in Northfield is the Drop-off location for food collected by schools outside of Atlantic City. Collected food may be dropped off between 8:30a-5p, Monday thru Friday between Sept 2-9th.

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission serves about 600 meals in their dining hall every day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Seven percent of the residents in Atlantic County are homeless, meaning they have no permanent address.

Here is a list of some of the items the Rescue Mission needs right now…

Gallon Size Mayonnaise

Gallon Size Salad Dressings

5-10 pound bags of complete pancake mix

Large Containers of pancake syrup

15 dozen egg crates (75 dozen eggs used per breakfast)

Cases of bottled water

Ice Tea Mix

Whole Turkeys and Hams (Uncooked)

New packages of socks and underwear

Plus Size Women’s Clothes

Baby formula, diapers

1st night kits – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorants, and socks

Plastic Storage Bins with Lids, 14 or 18 Gallon Totes (Rubbermaid Roughneck Totes are great!)

Drawstring Pajamas Pants in Lg, XL, XXL