• #SNAPFeedsNJ

    #SNAPFeedsNJ

    Please join us on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00am here at the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center as we host the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition to kick off #SNAPFeedsNJ, a campagin to fight devastating cuts to federal food assistance.  At this event NJAHC will be releasing a brief report about ways SNAP benefits New Jersey residents along with a Congressional fact sheet to show the need for benefits in our district.  You will hear from a number of speakers who will share their perspective and personal stories.

    View the event details and register for this free event.

    The NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition is a program of the Center for Food Action that educates the public and decision-makers about hunger — its causes, its solutions.  Together we push for  legislative and policy changes and organize local advocates to ensure that every New Jersey residents has enough healthy food to eat.   Details about how to participate in the #SNAPFeedsNJ will be released at the event and published here shortly afterward.

    Over 900,000 New Jersey residents rely on SNAP benefits every month.  The budget resolution passed by the House of Representatives threatends to cut $150 Billion from SNAP and push millions already struggling with hunger deeper into poverty.  It hurts children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, low-income working families and those looking for work and can have a devastating effect on our community. You can make a difference.  Please join us on the 25th or call our office and speak to Erin for more information.

     

     

  • Thanksgiving 2017

    Thanksgiving 2017

    Calling All Turkeys – We need You!!

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     It’s that time of year again!  Once again, we are preparing for our annual holiday program and we project that we will need to distribute approximately 1,600 turkeys and complete dinners.

    We need your help!!  

    This program is made possible by all the individuals and families, companies, houses of worship, civic groups, schools and youth groups who spread goodwill and give thanks by hosting food drives, fundraisers and donating food, funds and gift cards so we can ALL have a reason to celebrate the holiday.

    We Need Turkeys!

    We will begin accepting turkeys and hams  on October 25.  We can accept fresh and frozen – please see our drop off  hours below.

     

    In addition to the main course, we provide each family with other food items needed to make a holiday dinner. Below is a list of items currently needed to prepare the Thanksgiving bags:

    Thanksgiving Food Needs List

    • turkey, turkey breasts, ham or large chicken
    • stuffing
    • turkey gravy
    • yams – canned or fresh
    • instant mashed potatoes
    • apple, cranberry, grape or other 100% juice
    • cranberry sauce
    • canned corn
    • Parmalat or powdered milk
    • regular tea bags & coffee
    • nuts, mini-marshmallows, pickles
    • cereal
    • salad dressing
    • roll or muffin mix
    • brownie mix or cake mix and icing
    • hearty and regular soups (low-salt if possible)
    • canned fruit
    • jello or pudding
    • canned pumpkin
    • *We can also use fresh items such as potatoes, onions, yams, apples and oranges but PLEASE keep separate and let us know if you have brought them!*

    click here for a printable version of the Thanksgiving Food Needs List to take to the grocery store!

    Donating Details
    • Please keep turkeys separate from any other items.
    • If your donation includes a turkey, please let us know so it doesn’t get overlooked.
    • Click here for Directions or use Google Maps.
    Holiday Drop-off Hours

    During October and November, food can be delivered to the warehouse as follows:

    • Monday – Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
    • Wednesday (November 8 and 15 only) until 7:45 pm.

    If at all possible, please call our office to schedule your delivery.

    Please note:
    We will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed Thanksgiving and the day after.

    For more info, call 973-538-8049 or e-mail us at interfaithfoodpantry@mcifp.org.

    If You Need Help for a Thanksgiving Meal

    If you live in Morris County and need a holiday basket or any other help with food please call the office at 973-538-8049. We will be happy to help!

    Hosting a Drive? Check out these customizable flyers:

    Bring Your Bird to Work Flyer
    Bring Your Bird to Worship Flyer

     

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  • News and Events

    News and Events

    Register Now for the Turkey Trot!

    Registration is now open for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County’s 11th Annual Morris Township Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!  A great way to get the whole family out early Thanksgiving morning to burn off some calories before the big meal.  Many volunteers are also needed… it’s a great way to give thanks and give back.  Head over to the Trot Website for all the details! It’s a USATF certified 5k, 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run and Kid’s Trot

    Kings Pantry Apple Program

    Our thanks to the Kings Food Markets of Morristown, Mendham, Florham Park, Boonton, Chatham and Gillette for once again participating in the Pantry Apple Program.  It’s a friendly competition among their cashiers to see who can sell the most paper apples as a fundraiser to help their neighbors in need.  Thanks to the leadership team, the store and customer service managers, their hardworking staff and the generosity of their shoppers, they recently raised more than $13,000 for IFP!

    Farmers Market

    Thanks to the Community Food Bank and all our produce donors our “Free Farmers Market” is now open to IFP clients every other Friday.  Our families love receiving the bounty of fresh produce!  Thanks also to  RootPouch for their donations, our clients can also choose from an abundance of vegetable plants and fresh herbs to grow on their own!  We posted a video of one clients reaction on our Facebook page.

    Wegmans

    Made a splash recently with their donation of a full trailer load (18,000 pounds) of food being donated in conjunction with the opening of their new Hanover Store on July 23rd.  Details were covered by Morristowngreen.com,  MorristownPatch.com and the Daily Record.  We also have a video of the donation on our YouTube channel!

     

    Diabetes Clinic

    In partnership with the Community Health Team at Morristown Medical Center we are conducting a 9-month clinic for clients with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions to help improve their health through education and making the correct food choices.  We recently posted video of one of these sessions on our Facebook Page.

     

    Healthy Choices Mobile Pantry

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    We did it!  We are so excited to be moving forward with our “Healthy Choices Mobile Pantry”, thanks to the dynamic women who make up Impact 100 Gardent State!  Their $100,000 grant will partially fund the program for the next two years.

    In 2016, the IFP staff, volunteers and trustees concluded a three-year strategic planning process.  We found that the shifting geography of affordable housing in Morris County is forcing many lower-income working families and senior citizens further away from our existing food distribution sites in Morristown and Morris Plains, making it more difficult for people to reach us.  To expand our reach, we applied for and received several grants, (including the $100,000 from Impact 100 Garden State) to launch our Healthy Choices Mobile Pantry. This program will greatly enhance our current food distribution model, allowing us to expand our reach without duplicating services.  Our first two pilot programs include:

    • The IFP Pantry Partner Program is designed to work with existing smaller pantries in the towns furthest from our locations to deliver fresh produce and nutrition information to those who have difficulty reaching us. By working with an existing infrastructure of pantries we can strengthen the network of food security across the county without duplicating efforts.
    • The IFP Senior Box Food Program We also identified an unmet need in low-income senior housing units across Morris County. In 2017, the Healthy Choices Mobile Pantry will be distributing “senior boxes” of food acquired from the USDA via the Community Food Bank, and supplementing this food with our own fresh produce.

    For more information about these programs, please contact us at 973-538-8049 or email us at interfaithfoodpantry@mcifp.org.

     

    News article on The Daily Record on the Impact 100 Grant, which will help fund our Healthy Choices Mobile Pantrty Program over the next two years.

     

     

     

  • 2017 Golf Outing

    2017 Golf Outing

    Our thanks to everyone who supported our Golf Outing, held on Monday, September 18th at the Mount Tabor Country Club.  We are very grateful to the club for generously donating the course for the day and to and Pro Glen Holtermann for volunteering his time to help us with this important fundraiser.

    Thanks to our platinum sponsors:

     

     

     

    Cocktail Hour and Putting Contest Sponsor:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And our Silver Sponsors:

    Chrysalis Pharma Partners

    Drinker, Biddle & Reath

    Edmund M. Kramer Photographers

    Bob & Louise Elsholz

    Ernst & Young

    Molinare Dental Gruop

    Mount Freedom Printing

    Provident Bank

    United Business Systems

    Wegmans

    Our thanks also to Verde Ristorante and Daddy Matty’s BBQ for catering our outing,

    to Paul Miller Auto Group for sponsoring our Hole-In-One contest and to Refined Sight for donating all our printed materials.

     

     

  • “Wine of the Week” Raffle

    “Wine of the Week” Raffle

    Thanks to everyone who particpated!

    And thanks to Gary’s Wine & Marketplace for once again making our wine raffle a success.  Congratulations to all our winners!

    Don’t miss Gary’s Grand Tasting Event (to be held Friday, October 27th a the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park).

  • “We’ve Got Your Back”

    “We’ve Got Your Back”

    While kids of all ages are winding down the school year, we are gearing up to get them ready for the next school year with the launch of our 2017 “We’ve Got Your Back” backpack and school supply program. Last year, with your help, we distributed more than 600 backpacks and needed supplies supplies to kids ranging in age from pre-Kindergarten through High School.

    Current IFP Clients will be able to enroll in the program beginning June 1, and we will be distributing the supplies on August 10th so we can accomodate all the requests before school starts.   Our goal is to have most of our supplies in by late July. Any help is appreciated. If your company, house of worship, youth group, civic group or club can help with a collection, please contact our office at 973-538-8049. Below is a list of most needed items, or you can simply download and customize this 2017 flyer to distribute or post:

    Backpacks (assorted sizes)
    3-ring binders
    Pocket Folders
    Filler Paper (college and wide ruled)
    Composition Notebooks
    Subject Dividers
    Index Cards
    Pencil Sharpeners
    Pencils
    Erasers (large pink)
    Pens (blue/black)
    Crayons (24 pk)
    Colored Pencils (12 pk)
    Highlighters
    Rulers
    Safety Scissors

  • Post-Season Tax Preparation

    Post-Season Tax Preparation

    During tax season,  The United Way of Northern New Jersey  in partnership with Single Stop offered free tax preparation at our facility to qualifying individuals and families.  Approximately 120 families took advantage of this free service, which helped them realize an estimated $150,000 in refunds!

    With many requests coming in the United Way will be offering post-season tax preparation on Wenesday, June 7th from 4pm-7pm for anyone filing late.  If interested, please contact

    Kelly Curry| NJ Tax Campaign Manager

    Single Stop

    917-603-2281

    kcurry@singlestop.org

     

  • Hunger to Hope

    Hunger to Hope

    Thanks to everyone who participcated in our Annual Spring Gala, we raised over $181,000 to support our programs, making a significant difference in the lives of the clients we serve.  We’d particularly like to thank our honorees,   2017 Pantry Partner Award Recipient:  Pfizer, Inc.2017 Outstanding Service Award Recipient:  Willis Towers Watsonand 2017 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award Recipient:  Junior League of Morristown.

    Photos from the event are available on our Facebook Page.  

    Presented by:
    Platinum Sponsors:  Stop-and-shop-logo2Wegmans-logo (2)
    Gold Sponsors:  metlife_eng_logo_cmyk-c
    Silver Sponsors atlantic healthSilver Sponsorjuniorleague     BASF

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    Community Sponsors Birchwood Manor ~ Investors Bank ~ Kings Food Markets ~ Normandy Real Estate ~ PwC

     

  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Stamp Out Hunger

    Don’t forget! On Saturday, May 13 Post Offices around the nation will be collecting non-perishable foods while they deliver the mail.  The drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and is America’s largest one-day food collection event that provides millions of pounds of food to local relief agencies for distribution to families in need.

    Letter carriers in Florham Park, Chatham, Madison, Cedar Knolls,  Morris Plains (includes sections of Parsippany, and Morris Township), Morristown, Mendham, Mountain Lakes, Rockaway, and Dover (includes Wharton and sections of Randolph) will be collecting food for the IFP to help our own neighbors in need. 

    All you need to do is place a bag of non-perishable items next to your mailbox, and the letter carriers will do the rest.  Suggested items include hearty and regular soups, canned fruit, canned tuna, evaporated or dry milk, pasta sauce in cans or plastic jars, and canned beans such as pinto, kidney, etc.

    You can also help us spread the word by posting this flyer in your office, at you club or social, in your electronic bulletin to help us get the word out. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Like and share our posts, or  check out these  posts on TapInto Morristown and Morristowngreen.com.

     

     

  • Pantry Apple Program

    Pantry Apple Program

    Now through July 7th, you can support the IFP when you shop at Kings Food Markets.  Simply purchase a paper apple at the checkout register at any of their six Morris County locations: Boonton, Chatham, Florham Park, Gillette, Mendham and Morristown.