• Annual Meeting

    Annual Meeting

    Notice is hereby given

    that the Board of Trustees

    of the Interfaith Food Pantry

    will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00pm

     

    Interfaith Food Pantry

    2 Executive Drive

    Morris Plains, NJ 07950

     

    For more information

    or if you would like to attend,

    please call 973-538-8049 x217.

  • News and Events

    News and Events

    Visit our Garden!

    We will once again be opening our gates during the Morris County Park Commission and Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s “Open Gates Weekend”.  The goal of the program is to showcase the beauty and diversity of Morris County’s Community Gardens by highlighting the people, plants and planting techniques that make our gardens thrive as well as to foster civic engagement, support local food pantries and enhance the quality of life in Morris County, New Jersey.  Our gates will be open from 9am-1pm on Saturday July 15th.   A full list of gardens and map can be found here.  Hope to see you then!

     

     

    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 openin 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

    Interfaith Food Pantry

    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.

     

     

     

  • “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

  • Employment Opportunity Available

    Employment Opportunity Available

    Director of Development

    Only candidates submitting the following information will be considered for this position:

    • Cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good candidate for this position. Include salary history and expectations
    • Resume
    • At least two professional references
    • Email:  ifphire1@gmail.com.  No phone calls or recruiters.

     The Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) (a 501(c)(3) organization) is a community of neighbors helping neighbors committed to ending hunger and supporting self-sufficiency.  Last year we served over 9,700 people distributing more than 1,000,000 lbs. of food. We provide food, education and resources to inspire confidence and hope to Morris County families in need. www.mcifp.org

    Reporting to IFP’s  Executive Director (ED), the full-time Director of Development is responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising efforts, including the creation and execution of all aspects of the annual development plan and prioritization of departmental activities to attain budget goals.

    The Director of Development will also serve as the liaison to and will work with the Board of Trustees Development Committee to establish, prioritize and develop fundraising activities that meet budgetary goals while maintaining the highest ethical standards, guaranteeing compliance with state and federal solicitation regulations and researching and implementing industry best practices.

    The Director of Development will work in conjunction with the COO in the identification, cultivation and development of individual and organizational donors. The Director of Development will be responsible for supervising the organization’s Grants program, for taking the leadership role in all fundraising events, managing direct appeals, third-party fundraising and regular reporting of Development department activities.  The Director of Development will also, when applicable, cultivate and steward major in-kind (food) donors and where appropriate lead food-raising events and activities.

    The Director of Development also serves on the Community Relations Committee and co-chairs the Corporate Advisory Committee with the Board Development Committee Chair.

    The Development Director will serve as a representative of the IFP at community events and will work with the Community Relations staff in the creation of the Annual Communications Plan.

    The strongest applicants will possess a demonstrative track record in providing innovative leadership in resource development, and in promoting and administering proven fundraising strategies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in the full spectrum of Development activities and will be self-motivated, results-oriented, creative and resourceful with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

    Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Advise and collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director and Board Development Committee to create and implement a comprehensive annual development plan.
    • Advise and collaborate with COO, ED and Board to strategically direct their efforts towards solicitation and cultivation of individual donors and major gift contributors.
    • Represent the IFP to donors, prospects, volunteers and other key constituents.
    • Oversee activities of support staff including Grants Manager, Special Events Assistant and shares supervisory responsibilities with the COO for the Office Manager/Donor Database Administrator.
    • Lead all fundraising events including the supervision and guidance of support staff and volunteers. Identify and solicit honorees, sponsors and committee members.
    • Manage all fundraising mail / email campaigns and appeals.
    • Manage third-party fundraising and represent the IFP at fundraising events
    • Develop and implement acknowledgment program. Where applicable, cultivate and steward major in-kind (food) donors as well as oversee food-raising events and activities.
    • In collaboration with COO, inform Board Development Committee of strategies, activities, achievements and issues.

    Skills and Competencies:

    • Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced degree or CFRE Certification, a plus.
    • Minimum 5 years Development/Fundraising Experience
    • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills, especially in public speaking.
    • As the “face” of the IFP, possess a professional, yet approachable demeanor.
    • Proven ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of volunteers, public leaders, funders, corporate partners and other stakeholders
    • Understanding of charitable giving and fundraising legal guidelines
    • Excellent time-management skills and ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects
    • Proficient in MS Office
    • Knowledge of and experience with donor-management software (Salesforce a plus)
    • Knowledge of and experience with diverse Social and Electronic Media platforms to engage constituents and to create awareness about IFP programs and events.

    We offer a competitive salary commensurate with education and experience, along with medical and dental benefits, as well as a 403b retirement plan.  The position also includes paid vacation, sick leave, personal days and holidays.

    The Interfaith Food Pantry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and is committed to building a workforce representative of those it serves in Morris County.

     

  • 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.

  • Turkey Trot 2016

    Turkey Trot 2016

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    Our thanks to the 3,000+ people who registered for  our 10th Annual Turkey Trot!  We had a great day.  Visit  www.morristownshipturkeytrot.org for results!

  • Thanksgiving Update

    Thanksgiving Update

    tgiving-collageThanks to all of you for making this year’s Thanksgiving program another resounding success.  With your help we distributed 1,583 turkeys and another 1,556 bags of fixings, accomodating all the families who needed a little extra help this holiday season.

    All of this was made possible by hundreds of individuals, schools, youth groups, civic groups, houses of worship and companies who collected and donated food and funds for us to purchase supplies, and the finest group of volunteers every assembled who worked overtime during this hectic time.  It was truly a monumental effort by all of you involved – and resulted in so many grateful families who were able to share a holiday meal together.

    It’s so heartwarming to see an entire community come together like this to care for one another, and we are truly grateful. Thank you for spreading the joy!