Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Morris County Youth Shelter is embarking on a campaign to help curb hunger in the county.

Residents and staff at the Youth Shelter will be conducting a food drive in October, with all items that are donated being turned over to the Interfaith Food Pantry on West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township.

Pete Corea, youth activities coordinator at the Youth Shelter, said plastic bins where donated food items may be placed will be in various county government buildings including the Administration and Records and the Schuyler buildings in Morristown, the Morris County Library in Whippany and Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township.

The Youth Shelter is also reaching out to schools across the county hoping to get student participation as well, Corea said.

Among the everyday items being sought are canned low salt and hearty soups and stews, powdered milk, jelly, peanut butter, canned fruit, oatmeal, cereal, baby formula, side dishes such as macaroni and cheese and instant potatoes, pasta and 100 percent fruit juice.

The Interfaith Food Pantry distributes supplemental and/or emergency food to eligible Morris County residents in need. According to the agency’s statistics, 11,500 people relied on the Interfaith Food Pantry for assistance last year, with 40 percent of those people being children.

Additional information about the Youth Shelter’s food drive may be obtained by contacting Corea at 973-285-6403.

The Morris County Youth Shelter operates under the county’s Department of Human Services, Division of Juvenile Facilities. The shelter serves as a safe, temporary residence for at-risk adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 who have been placed there by the family court until a long-term placement solution is found.