Wising all of our clients, volunteers, friends and supporters a Happy Holiday Season from all of us!
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.
For more info, call 973-538-8049 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
News and Events
Turkey Trot a Success!
Close to 3,000 people registered for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County’s 11th Annual Morris Township Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! Thanks to all our sponsors and participants. Results and details are all posted on the Trot Website.
Remember us as you shop!
You can support our efforts to relieve hunger as you shop. Simply make a donation during check-out at several of our grocery partners including the new Wegmans in Hanover and Whole Foods Markets of Morristown and Madison. You can also purchase food at the registers at Acme and Stop & Shop in Morris Plains, and at all six Morris County Kings locations.
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
United Business Systems
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.
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.
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“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”
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)
Filler Paper (college and wide ruled)
Erasers (large pink)
Crayons (24 pk)
Colored Pencils (12 pk)
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
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 Watson, and 2017 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award Recipient: Junior League of Morristown.
Photos from the event are available on our Facebook Page.
Presented by: Platinum Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Silver Sponsors Community Sponsors Birchwood Manor ~ Investors Bank ~ Kings Food Markets ~ Normandy Real Estate ~ PwC
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.