• 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:

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

     

    Thanksgiving Program 2016

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  • 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.

  • 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!

     

  • 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.

     

  • Thanks for Helping “Make Hunger Disappear”

    Thanks for Helping “Make Hunger Disappear”

    Our 17th Annual Spring Gala
    Friday, April 8, 2016

    honoring: 

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    Our thanks to everyone who participated in our Spring Gala, “Making Hunger Disappear”  on  Friday, April 8th.  What a truly magical evening it was – and  our most successful event yet, raising $188,000! These funds will directly benefit thousands of residents here in Morris County in need of assistance, providing them with food, education and resources to stay healthy and inspire hope.

    We owe a great deal of thanks to our honorees:  Moretrench, who also served as our Premier Event Sponsor, Investors Bank, and Delbarton School, who also served as gold and silver sponsors respectively.  Our 230 guests could not stop raving about the band, Matt Friedman and Uptown Sounds (sponsored by the Birnbaum family), and our magicians and fortune tellers wowed the crowd! We had an amazing auction with over 100 really great items, a live auction that resulted in a bidding war, plus raffles of baskets, our “Apron” raffle with more than $700 in restaurant gift certificates and our cash raffle, in which the winner’s take was over $6,000! (Congrats to our volunteer who won the prize!)

    But it was our special guest, a client of the pantry, who left us with the biggest impression. She bravely shared her story, struggles and IFP experiences with us… here’s just part of what she said:

    I was amazed when I came to this Food Pantry. The person who did my interview was so nice and the process was painless.  When we finished the application and she said we were going shopping, I thought she was kidding.  Shopping where?  But sure enough, she took me into this big room with shelves full of food and refrigerators and freezers with milk, meat and even produce, and then allowed me to choose what food I needed. Food that was healthy.

    Most places give you pre-packed bags of groceries.  To be able to go to a pantry and pick out the food you and your family like – actually want to eat – is very empowering.  Having a choice took the feeling of helplessness out of coming here.

    The difference this Pantry has made for my family has been incredible. My 6-year old, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, loves coming to the Interfaith Food Pantry because the volunteers all spoil her!  For me, things started to change by attending the cooking classes.   I learned how to make things I never would have tried before – started cooking healthier for my family, and I actually lost 42 pounds! 

    We are all so inspired by the change she has made and are happy to have been able to provide her the opportunity to make healthy choices a part of her life.

    We would also like to thank all of our auction donors, advertisers, and of course our generous sponsors for making this an outstanding event!

    Check out our Facebook Page for photos.
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  • Annual Giving Tree

    Annual Giving Tree

    Our 2015 Annual Giving Tree, which lists  all the families, foundations, companies, houses of worship, farms, scout, school and civic groups who contributed a total of $2,000 or 1,000 pounds of food or more was unveiled during a luncheon ceremony on Friday, March 18th. While we wish we could display EVERYONE who contributed during 2015, we would need to build an addition to do so! But whether you contributed $1.00 or $1,000.00, 1 pound of food or a thousand pounds of food, it is truly all of it that adds up to the 492 TONS of food that helped nearly 10,000 of our friends and neighbors over the course of the year. We couldn’t do it without all of you!

    Here are a few photos from the event.  If you can’t find the one you’re looking for, email us at interfaithfoodpantry@mcifp.org:

     

  • Holiday Schedule

    Holiday Schedule

    Holiday Schedule 2016

  • Register Now for our Annual Spring Gala

    Register Now for our Annual Spring Gala

    Registration is now open for our 17th Annual Spring Gala, “Making Hunger Disappear”

    Complete Details can be found here

    Honoring our Pantry Partner Award Recipient

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    Our Outstanding Service Award RecipientInvestorsbank

    And Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award Recipient

    Delbarton Seal, Official-Large

    This year’s Gala is presented by Moretrench, our premier event sponsor.

    You can also download printable ticket, sponsor, advertising and auction information  here.

     

  • Fall Events Calendar

    Fall Events Calendar

    Fall is a great time of year to get involved!  The following is a list of upcoming events you don’t want to miss. For more detail call or email us at interfaithfoodpantry@mcifp.org.

    September 25th – Action Against Hunger Food Drive

    September 25th – Morristown’s Fall Festival on the Green

    October 4th – New Jersey Natural Gas offers Energy Asssitance and Improvement Program – Open to the Public

    October 5th – Session ii – Atlantic Sports Health Couch to 5k

    October 20th – Our Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

    November 7th – Gary’s Grand Wine Tasting

    November 24th – Thanksgiving and our 10th Annual Turkey Trot

  • Hunger Hits Home

    Hunger Hits Home

    Join us on Tuesday, September 29th at the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place for a special screening of “Hunger Hits Home”, a film produced by the Food Network and Share Our Strength that examines the causes, complications and misconceptions about childhood hunger in the United States today.  A brief panel discussion that will feature our own Exeuctive Director, Rosemary Gilmartin, as well as representatives from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Community Soup Kitchen, and Table of Hope will take place following the film.

    All are invited to participate.  Please register in advance as capacity is limited. For details and registration, click here.  You can also help spread the word by downloading this flyer. Thanks – we hope to see you there!