Women and children healing in domestic violence shelters can look forward to nourishment to sustain them, and bright holidays, with 700 pounds' worth of donations collected in Ocean County.

Ocean Co. Prosecutor's Food Drive (A. Della Fave)

The second annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Food Drive was spearheaded by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Victim-Witness Advocacy, led ty Patricia Miljenovic, and the New Jersey State Police.

According to spokesman Al Della Fave, the volume is enough to supply substantial donations to food pantries in 19 centers that tend domestic violence victims.

An estimated 2,924 women, children and men utilized New Jersey domestic violence shelters in 2015, according to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV), with average stays of 33 days.

The Prosecutor's Office commends the Natural Foods General Store in Toms River, which raised funds during the month and matched donations, along with the Ocean County Public Information Office, County Connection, employees, friends and family members.