• Offered at IFP

    Offered at IFP

    Free Tax Preparation

    Did you know that a working family making less than $53,505 in 2016, may qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit – EITC?

    During tax season, The United Way of Northern New Jersey with be offering free tax preparation services for low-income working families at various sites throughout Northern New Jersey including here at the Pantry.  You do not need to be a client of the Pantry to qualify for this service, if you have a simple return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Schedules A & B), you can utilize this or any of the free tax sites.

    Check out our new calendar feature for a schedule of when they will be at IFP and to schedule your appointment.

    To see the full list of sites where free tax-preparation is being offered, click here.

    AARP Driver Safety Course

    You may be eligible to receive a reduction in your auto insurance premiums by completing this AARP Driver Safety Course, which will be given on March 13th and 14th from 1:30 to 4:30pm here at the Pantry.

    Click Here to view the flyer.

  • “From Hunger to Hope”

    “From Hunger to Hope”

    The Board of Trustees of the Interfaith Food Pantry

    along with Spring Gala Chairs Guy and Helen Raymaker

    Invite you to join us for our 18th Annual Spring Gala

    “From Hunger to Hope”

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    The Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ

    visit the Event Site to register today!

    Our Annual “Hunger to Hope” Spring Gala is our signature fundraising event which features cocktails, a gourmet dinner,  raffles, silent & live auctions  and dancing to live music performed by Billy Joel’s own “Piano Man”, Matt Friedman and Uptown Sounds.

    Please join us in congratulating our Honorees:

    2017 Pantry Partner Award Recipient:  Pfizer, Inc.

    2017 Outstanding Service Award Recipient:  Willis Towers Watson

    and 2017 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award Recipient:  Junior League of Morristown.

     

    Presented by:

    And also sponsored by:

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  • News and Events

    News and Events

    Our Annual Giving Tree

    Our 2016 “Giving Tree” will be unveiled on Friday, March 17, 2017.   Prominently displayed in our lobby, the tree includes the names of the people, companies and organizations who made substantial contributions in 2016 ($2,000.00 or 1,000 pounds of food or more).

    We wish we could include EVERYONE who contributed in 2016… because it takes all of us to ensure that everyone who seeks our help receives the assistance they need, but given the space we have it’s just not possible. Please know how much we value and appreciate ALL of you who make it happen.

    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 Garden State Impact 100!  Their $100,000 grant will partially fund the program for the next two years.  We’re so grateful they share our vision of no one, no matter where you live in Morris County going hungry or without access to nutritious food

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

    Also appearing in the Daily Record Morristown PBA hosts collection at Kings Food Market, Morristown

    TAPInto Chatham covers our Volunteer Recognition Dinner and PipeWorks Services Golden Apple Award

    The Morris News Bee covers David Draghi’s Eagle Scout Project.

     

    Our 18th Annual Spring Gala

     

     

  • 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!

  • Thanksgiving Basket Program 2016

    Thanksgiving Basket Program 2016

    Calling All Turkeys – We need You!!

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     Please see Thanksgiving F.A.Q.

    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 turkeyt 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 26.  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
    • coffee or regular tea
    • stuffing
    • Parmalat or powdered milk
    • instant mashed potatoes
    • apple, cranberry or other 100% juice
    • turkey gravy
    • nuts, mini-marshmallows, pickles
    • cereal
    • salad dressing
    • pasta
    • roll or muffin mix
    • canned vegetables (low-salt if possible)
    • brownie mix or cake mix and icing
    • hearty soups (low-salt if possible)
    • canned fruit
    • jello or pudding
    • *We can also use fresh items such as potatoes, onions, 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 9 and 16 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 23 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:

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    Bring Your Bird to Worship Flyer

     

    Thanksgiving Program 2016

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  • “Wine of the Week” Raffle

    “Wine of the Week” Raffle

    Tickets are on sale now for our “Wine of the Week” Raffle!

    Enter for your chance to win a bottle of wine for every week of the year for just $20 per chance. (Retail value is over $1,000!)

    Prizes are as follows:

    Grand Prize:   52 bottles of permium wine, hand-selected by Gary Fisch of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.

    Second Place Prize:  12 bottles of premium wine, two tickets to Gary’s Grand Tasting Event (to be held Monday, November 7th a the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park), plus a $100 voucher for car service.

    Third Place Prizes (5): 12 bottles of premium wine

    Drawing will take place on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the our Golf Outing a the Mount Tabor Country Club, Mount Tabor.

    YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN, BUT YOU MUST BE 21+ TO PARTICIPATE!

    Winners will be notified by phone.   To order tickets, download this form(.pdf).

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  • Support Our Team!

    Support Our Team!

    cartoon-dougOur very own volunteer coordinator, Doug McMahon, will be volunteering his time this September 11th as the team captain for “The Interfaith Food Pantry Pacers”, our inaugural cycling team! The team will be participating in this years Gran Fondo,  New Jersey’s premier cycling event.  Doug and team Pacers will be riding the 42 mile “Piccolo”.

    You can support Doug and his teammates and the team with a contribution to their  Team Crowdrise Page in support of the Pantry.

    Next time you visit please say “hi” to Doug and offer him a word or two of encouragement.  Thanks for your support!

     

  • Help Wanted Bilingual Client Services Counselor

    Help Wanted Bilingual Client Services Counselor

    Bilingual Client Services Counselor

    To Apply: Please send materials to Interfaith Food Pantry, 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 or send via e-mail to:  ifphire1@gmail.com.

    To be considered for this position you must include the following:

    • Resume
    • Cover letter which must include a description of your qualifications, why you think you are the right fit for this position, 2 professional references with contact information, and salary history and requirements.

    Position will be filled as soon as best candidate is found.

    Education Qualifications and Experience

    Required:

    • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Social Work, Human Services, or related field)
    • At least 2 years experience in a professional level position working with low-income families and diverse population in human services organization (preferably non-profit).
    • Knowledge of computer software, especially Microsoft Word and Excel.

    Preferred:

    • Experience with program outreach and coordination with other agencies
    • Knowledge of information regarding resources and services available in Morris County appropriate to our clientele

    Competencies Required:

    • Full professional proficiency in Spanish, as well as English
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to problem solve and find new/creative solutions to complex problems
    • Adaptable / Flexible: Easily adapts to changing organization needs, environment and work priorities and schedules.
    • Team Oriented /Collaborative: Interacts and engages effectively with colleagues within and across departments.
    • Initiative / Motivated: Self-directed person who takes appropriate action to influence outcomes and/or drive progress and positive change. Displays energy and enthusiasm in approaching their job.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit, constantly seeking new ways to improve the program and demonstrating willingness to independently pursue clients, referral and outreach partners, and other opportunities

    Hours: We provide services 6 days a week including some evening distribution sessions.  Majority of work for this position will occur Monday – Friday from 9-5 but will also require some evening and Saturday hours on a regular basis.

    Travel:  Some travel in Morris County will be required to work with Home Delivery clients, outreach programs and elsewhere as needed.  Candidate must have an active NJ driver’s license in good standing, reliable vehicle and insurance.

    Physical requirements:  As this position involves managing food distribution sessions and home delivery, candidates must be able to stand, bend and occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.

    About the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center

    The IFP & Resource Center is a ‘one-stop shop’ helping low-income individuals and families who live in Morris County NJ to move from crisis to stability and, ultimately self-sufficiency. Helping more than 10,000 people annually, current services include Client Choice Food Pantries which distribute more than 1.7 tons of food a day; a Healthy Choice Program which provides nutrition information and education; a Home Delivery Program which provides delivery of groceries to home bound senior and disabled clients; a Community Garden; resource information and referrals; access to services on site through partnership with other community agencies; and an annual Thanksgiving Basket program which provides more than 1,600 baskets a year.  In the New Year we will be introducing a Mobile Pantry Program which will expand services to those unable to reach us.

    About the position

    The Client Services Counselor – will join the existing team to help expand our services.  Responsibilities will include performing intake interviews to enroll clients in the Pantry program, managing some of the food distribution sessions at various sites, coordinating the Home Delivery Program, assisting staff with outreach, developing resource and referral information and working on special projects.  Activities primarily occur M-F 9 – 5 but some evening hours and Saturday mornings will be required. Candidate must be fluent in Spanish.

    Benefits: Full-time employees receive comprehensive medical and dental coverage. Other benefits include 403(B) plan and opportunities for professional development.

    IFP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

  • “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 2016 “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.

    Enrollment in the program has already begun, and will distribute the supplies beginning  August 11th.  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 2016 flyer to distribute or post:

    • Backpacks (assorted sizes)
    • Composition Notebooks
    • Filler Paper (wide and college ruled)
    • Pencil Cases
    • Pencil Sharpeners
    • Erasers (large pink)
    • Pens (blue/black)
    • Colored Pencils (12 pk)
    • Rulers
    • Safety Scissors