Posted Monday, August 1st, 2011

The Morris County Nutrition Program was the beneficiary of a casual Friday workday sponsored recently by an area financial institution.

Lakeland Bancorp Inc., has sent the Nutrition Program a check for $692, which represented proceeds from a “Jeans Day Friday promotion the bank recently sponsored in support of various nonprofit organizations.

JoAnn Papa, Human Resources Assistant at Lakeland Bank in Oak Ridge, said corporate and branch employees are able to forego their usual business attire and wear jeans to work each Friday of the month. Those who would like to participate contribute a minimum of $10, Papa said.

The employees are also encouraged to explain the promotion to clients with the hope of inspiring them to contribute to the good works of the charity on their own.

Bank employees vote on which nonprofits they would like to support throughout the year, and the Nutrition Program was one of the agencies selected for 2011.

With branches in six counties, Lakeland Bank tries to distribute the donations equitably in each of the counties, Papa said.

The Nutrition Program, which operates 15 Midday Friendship Centers in Morris County, is extremely grateful for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Lakeland Bank employees, said Ophelia Cruse, of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans.

Each center provides senior citizens with a nutritious lunch, special programs, health screenings and social activities, Cruse said. Home delivered meals are also available for homebound seniors under the Nutrition Program, and “shelf stable” meals that do not require refrigeration are also distributed to make sure seniors have food during inclement weather, Cruse said.

Additional information about the Nutrition Program may be obtained by calling 973-285-6856.