As a follow up to our earlier email we wanted to reach out to let you know that your neighbors in need are still receiving food – safely. We have changed the way we are distributing food are now offering drive-by service at both of our pantries. We continue to deliver food to our Mobile Network partners with proper precautions.
In the last four days, we have distributed more than 45,000 pounds of food to more than 300 households. We are receiving an increasing number of requests for emergency food from the community and our network partners. Rest-assured, that without missing a beat, we are seeing to it that anyone in need in Morris County has the food they need. But we need your help.
At the same time we are accommodating an unprecedented increase in demand, the companies, houses of worship and schools that typically do food drives are unable to do so. And our most important fundraiser, Our Spring Gala “Together we Make an Impact”, is being postponed until October 2nd.
Under normal circumstances, we rely heavily on this April fundraiser to provide food to clients through the Spring and into the Fall. We are now facing an unprecedented challenge as demand is picking up and we are bracing for an influx of unemployed workers. Now more than ever, please consider supporting our efforts in the following ways:
Consider making a financial donation now. Just yesterday, we spent $22,000 on food in one day to replenish our supply.
Join us for the online Silent Auction taking place as scheduled on April 17! We still intend to have an auction at our official Gala, honoring Impact 100 Garden State, on October 2, but will have a small fundraiser that anyone can participate in from your home on your mobile phone. You can register now by texting IFP2020 to 243-725. You’ll receive event updates and get a preview of the auction items. Please extend the invitation to your friends! The opportunity to participate is open to anyone with a mobile device.
Food Donations are needed. For small donations there will be a large orange bin located outside of the warehouse. You can drop off your donations in the bin on Monday – Friday from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Please do not leave food outside the door after hours. Here’s a list of our most needed items
Share big and broad. In the last 7 days, we’ve seen a wonderful and much-needed uptick in online and Facebook donations. Many of you have started Facebook fundraisers, others of you have shared our Donate Now link through email and social media channels. The exponential growth is real! We’re seeing small amounts make a difference when the reach is broad.
The support of our community – local and virtual – is especially critical as this unpredictable crisis evolves.
Please help by sharing the call for help through Facebook and email. Mark your calendar for some fun at home for the April 17 Virtual Silent Auction.
Stay well and take comfort knowing that your support is being put to good use feeding your neighbors in need who are particularly vulnerable at this time.
Carolyn Lake, Executive Director
2019 Giving Tree
Our 2019 Giving Tree event has been postponed.
This event will recognize and honor the people, companies and organizations who made substantial contributions in 2019 and whose generosity ensured that everyone who sought help from the Interfaith Food Pantry received the assistance they needed.
COVID-19 Response FAQ
Important: Please do not visit the IFP if you or anyone in your home is ill or symptomatic.
If you have an urgent situation, please call the office. Due to the order of the closure of all state and county parks and forests in NJ, to access The Interfaith Food Pantry you must enter from Gov. Chris Christie Dr. from W. Hanover Ave. WE ARE OPEN!
We have been receiving many phone calls and emails with questions regarding our response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis. Please see the following FAQ’s for the status of our programs, how you can help, and how people can get help.
Are you still open for food distribution? Yes. If you are a current client your regular distribution time will not change. At this time Client Choice is suspended for your safety and ours. You will be asked to wait outside and will receive prepackaged bags. Evening distribution is NOT currently affected by the current 8:00 pm curfew for the state of NJ.
I am not a current client, but I am in need of food. How can I get help? Please contact our office at 973-538-8049. We have emergency food available to anyone who needs it. Note: We do not have paper goods or cleaning supplies available at this time.
I’m a Home Delivery client, will I still get food delivered? Our Home Delivery program will continue as normal. We have had a few Home Delivery volunteers who are unable to deliver at this time, so you may find someone new is delivering your food. Whoever that person is may leave food at your door, on your porch or take other measures to minimize contact. Please maintain a safe distance and absolutely attempt no physical contact with your volunteer.
Is the Mobile Pantry still operating with Network Members and Emergency Providers? Yes. We are taking proper precautions but still making regular deliveries to the Senior Housing Units, Offices of Temporary Assistance, County Operated Nutrition Sites and Partner Food Pantries.
How Can I Help? Monetary Donations: At this time monetary donations are especially appreciated and much needed! Cash enables us to purchase critical food items and react quickly during this unpredictable time, while limiting contact for your safety and ours.
How can I donate money? Online via our website, text ‘hunger’ to 26-989, or mail a check to Interfaith Food Pantry, 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. Another option is Facebook or third-party Fundraisers. They are a great way to give back and engage your friends, family and associates in helping our community.
Are you accepting food donations? Yes, we are currently accepting food donations. For small donations there will be a large orange bin located outside of the warehouse. You can drop off your donations in the bin from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Please do not leave food outside the door after hours. Our most needed items can be found on our website.
My group would like to conduct or has conducted a food drive. Can I drop it off? If you have recently run a food drive and have a large amount of food to donate, please call ahead 973-538-8049. Speak to Val ext. 215, or Meg ext. 217 for drop off instructions.
Do you need volunteers? At this time, we are not bringing in any new volunteers. Access to the Pantry is limited to essential staff and volunteers who are not at-risk, symptom-free and whose household members are also free of health complications, illness or symptoms. In lieu of volunteering, now more than ever we are asking people to spread the word that we need donations. Consider sending an email to your friends and family asking them to donate at www.mcifp.org, text ‘hunger’ to 26-989, or start a Facebook Fundraiser on our behalf.
Will the Spring Gala go on as planned? Our Spring Gala, Scheduled for Friday April 17th will need to be postponed. Our Board of Trustees will meet later this week to discuss alternate plans. Please stay tuned for details.
Will the Giving Tree Ceremony go on as planned? The 2019 Giving Tree Ceremony has also been postponed. Please stay tuned for a future date.
From the Executive Director:
These are truly difficult times for the thousands of people across Morris County who live with food insecurity. Even for those who can access supermarkets inventory is limited. For others, we are all they have. We are seeing an unprecedented number of new requests, and predict the situation will get worse before it gets better. Yet we are also seeing an outpouring of compassion from people who want to help by donating funds, food and volunteer time. Please know how much we truly appreciate your generosity. Our community has an incredible way of coming together and truly demonstrating the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors”. All of us at the Interfaith Food Pantry are extremely grateful for your understanding and support. We couldn’t do it without you!
to the”Picture a World Without Hunger”
Art Contest Winners!
Yoely Velasquez from Shepard Prep High in Morristown.
Runners Up (tied)
Sara Rydstrom from Borough School in Morris Plains
Gaby Murtha from Borough School in Morris Plains.
Thank you to all of the other amazing artists who submitted entries.
October 28, 2019 6:30 pm in the IFP Community Kitchen
Purchase tickets here. Only 25 tickets available! $75 per person.
5K, 1 Mile fun Run & Kids Trot
Thursday November 28, 2019
Ginty Field Complex, Woodland Avenue, Morris Township, NJ
5K – 8:30a.m. 1M – 8:40a.m. Kids’ Trot – 9:15a.m. on the lawn