• Thanks for Helping “Make Hunger Disappear”

    Thanks for Helping “Make Hunger Disappear”

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

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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!

  • Drew Social Policy Course Addresses Hunger

    Drew Social Policy Course Addresses Hunger

    IFP recently partnered with Drew University students under the direction of Professor Patrick McGuinn, who recently joined our Board of Trustees, to conduct an in-depth study about the issue of local hunger and how it is currently being viewed and addressed by the public and private sectors.

    “The students’ findings showed that political leaders in Morris County were often unaware that hunger affected local populations, that agencies did not always connect with those in need and that transportation, language barriers and limited hours of operation frequently impede access to available services.

    “We found that, often, hunger is ignored and is not seen as a dramatic problem in society, especially in wealthy communities. Unfortunately, inequality in food access exists across almost every state, even in states with higher average incomes like New Jersey,” said Saif Yasin C’17, a student in the course.”

    Additional classes that will be offered this fall will help  guide our local advocacy efforts in partnership with the university and ultimately lead to more opportunities for our supporters to get involved in shaping social policy.   Visit our Learn About Hunger page and check back often to stay up-to-date with current issues.

  • Just. One. Click.

    Just. One. Click.

    Our partners at  CIT Group’s Headquarters in Livingston do some pretty incredible work to support the IFP. In fact this year, through their Shared Harvest Food Drive, more than 44 tons of food was collected  and purchased with donated funds to help fight hunger locally.   Now in it’s 2nd year, “Foodortunity” gives you a chance to make a difference with Just. One. Click.

    All you have to do is visit the Foodortunity Website, scroll down to vote for the Interfaith Food Pantry, and Click Vote. Period. No questions asked, no forms to fill out. AND, you can vote every day. The more votes we receive, the better our chances of receiving another donation of up to $10,000 from our friends at CIT.

    Here’s what we need from you. Vote every day, and use the social share buttons to ask your friends and followers to help us in our efforts to make a difference in our community. Ask them to share with their friends, and together we can create the momentum to  help our neighbors in need!

     

  • Hunger to Hope “Boardwalk Bash”

    Hunger to Hope “Boardwalk Bash”

    Our thanks to everyone who supported our 16th Annual Spring Gala, From Hunger to Hope “Boardwalk Bash”, which was held on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Read More…

  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Stamp Out Hunger

    Imagine waking up one morning and realizing you don’t have enough money to pay your rent AND put food on the table for your family.  Or what if you are a senior citizen on a fixed income and couldn’t make ends meet, having to decide between paying for much needed medications or going hungry?  These are just two examples of what our clients experience every day before coming to the Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP).  As a recent client stated “you have taken so much off my mind and each time I come you make me feel really special”.

    In 2015, the IFP provided food to almost 10,000 people in need throughout Morris County including the homebound.  Many of our clients are low income workers, seniors on fixed incomes and the disabled, they can be your neighbors or family members – all struggling to make ends meet and to not go hungry any more.  We distributed close to one million pounds of food last year and sometimes our pantry supplies run low especially in the upcoming summer months.  The good news is there is something you can do to help… on Saturday, May 14 letter carriers across the country will take part in their annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”.  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, such as the Interfaith Food Pantry located in Morris Plains.  All you have to do is place non-perishable food items in a bag next to your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives on Saturday May 14.  Some of the items most needed by the Pantry are shelf-stable or powdered milk, pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, rice, peanut butter, tuna fish, canned soups, fruits and vegetables, cereal, and canned meats and meals.

    If you are unsure if your letter carriers will be collecting food you can contact your local post office.  We’ve confirmed the following:

    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).

    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, LinkedIn and Instagram. Like and share our posts to spread the word!

    Local post offices have provided over 336,700 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Pantry over the past ten years.  Generous donations provided by residents just like you!  Continue to make a difference – remember Saturday May 14!