• News and Events

    News and Events

    New text number steers NJ kids to summer meals 

    As the school year ends for children across New Jersey, the USDA has announced a new text number that parents and other caregivers can use to find free meals for children this summer.

    People can text “summer meals” to 97779 or visit fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks to find local sites. Both the text number and website provide locations, meals served and times meals are served, based on a person’s zip code.

    Farm Bill Part 2

    The House is once again expected to vote on its version of the Farm Bill  that would cut SNAP assistance to thousands of New Jersey residents is one again up for vote. Click the link below more information.
    http://t.congressweb.com/w/?ALKZSTVQYV

     

    Following is our editorial referencing the Bill which was defeated in May:

    Many of us who live in Northern New Jersey are not likely to pay close attention to news about the “Farm Bill”.  This is totally understandable, but, unfortunately, some of the proposed changes to the “Farm Bill” will actually punish many of our neighbors who are struggling to find work or are working at low-paying jobs with unpredictable hours.

    These are the folks who are currently enrolled in SNAP (food stamps) – a program funded by the “Farm Bill” – who would be negatively impacted by proposed changes to basic eligibility rules and the imposition of new work requirements that, for many unemployed or under employed folks, simply are not realistic. These new rules threaten to leave even more New Jersey residents hungry and worrying about how they will feed themselves, their children, their elderly parents.

    We at the Interfaith Food Pantry see hunger every day. A large proportion of the folks who come to us are working at low-paying jobs with unpredictable hours, no benefits and no cushion when they face layoffs or other gaps in work – the very people who would be affected by the proposed rule changes.

    As a key part of the Morris County safety net, the Interfaith Food Pantry struggles to keep up with the growing need for food. If the proposed rule changes are enacted, we believe we will see even more people who need our help.

    The proposal’s sponsor, Congressman Michael Conaway, (R-Texas), believes his changes will lead to greater workforce participation, but does provide sufficient funds for job training or creation.

    Our experience tells us that we need to both strengthen SNAP and provide people with meaningful pathways to secure employment. In our view, that’s the best way to fight hunger and poverty

    We urge our Congressional representatives, especially Congressman Frelinghuysen representing our District 11, to oppose this damaging proposal and work to create a bi-partisan solution that will give people the food aid they need, while helping them find jobs that pay enough for them to support their families.

    IFP Free Farmers Markets Continue

    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.

    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 2018 “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 9th 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 2018 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

  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Stamp Out Hunger

    Thank you!

    Thanks to all of you who donated to the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Campaing, more than six tons of food was collected by the Postal workers in Florham Park, Chatham, Madison, Cedar Knolls,  Lake Hiawatha, Morris Plains (includes sections of Parsippany, and Morris Township), Morristown, Mendham, Mountain Lakes, Rockaway, and Dover (includes Wharton and sections of Randolph).  Despite the gloomy weather, the letter carriers went the extra mile to help us stock the shelves befor the upcoming summer months when donations tend to drop.

     

    Kudos to them and thanks to all of you for helping our neighbors in need!

  • Annual Spring Gala

    Annual Spring Gala

    Our thanks to everyone who made our 19th Annual Spring Gala, “From Hunger to Hope” a great success!  Thanks to our co-chairs, Art and Ann Corwin, our honorees GAF, The United Methodist Church in Madison and Mr. Paul Freeland, our sponsors, attendees, and everyone who doanted, we raised more than $200,000!

    Platinum Sponsors:

     

       
       

    The Corwin Family Foundation

    Gold Sponsors:

     

    Silver Sponsors:

    In Memory of Paul Mosteller

    New Jersey Natural Gas

    JCP&L/FirstEnergy

    Solix, Inc.

    Community Sponosrs:

     

    Beach Electric Company
    Birchwood Manor
    Kings Food Markets
    Normandy Real Estate
    Power Design and Installation Group
    PwC
    RCC Builders and Developers
    Refined Sight
    Trainers Edge
    Trevcon Construction Co.
    Tutor Perini

     

     

     

  • Thanksgiving 2017

    Thanksgiving 2017

    Thanks to a wonderful community response we have reached our goal!

    Thanks to all the  businesses, civic groups, houses of worship,  individuals and families who donated turkeys, food and funds, and special thanks to all our hard-working volunteers, we have been able to distirbute more than 1,600 turkeys and bags this holiday season!

    If you still want to contribute we can still use regular food items as detailed on our needs list.   And we can always use cash donations and supermarket gift cards to fill in the gaps.

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

    See you at the Turkey Trot!

     

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

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • #SNAPFeedsNJ

    #SNAPFeedsNJ

    On Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00am we hosted the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition to kick off #SNAPFeedsNJ, a campagin to fight devastating cuts to federal food assistance.  At this event the NJAHC released 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.  NJTV has posted a video excerpt with an excellent accompanying article, or you can also watch the press conference in its entirety on our Facebook Page.

    Federal food assistance pumps $1.2 billion into New Jersey economies, while keeping about 800,000 New Jersey residents – most of them low-income workers, children, senior citizens and people with disabilities – from going hungry.  The #SNAPFeedsNJ campaign is designed to mobilize local and state leaders, advocates and residents to protest budget proposals that could force deep cuts to social service aid, including SNAP food assistance.  It will feature a three-pronged approach… a “Paper Plate” campaign, a “Thunderclap” social media campaign and a call-in day.  For more information or to find out how to participate, click here.

    Additional coverage at:

    NJ101.5 and MorristownGreen.com

     

  • “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).

  • 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

     

  • 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.