Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
The Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) and Resource Center which serves Morris County residents by supplying emergency and supplemental food during times of need, will celebrate its 25th year in operation and honor retired Executive Director Rosemary Gilmartin at its Silver Anniversary Gala on April 5 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.
Gilmartin is a staunch advocate and leader on the issue of hunger and food insecurity. She led the growth of the organization from its inception in 1994 until her recent retirement. Under her leadership, what began as a small operation serving just a few families from the basement of the First Baptist Church in Morristown, has dramatically expanded over the years.
Currently IFP serves more than 10,000 people across Morris County. The food pantry is headquartered in space provided by county government on the former Greystone campus in Parsippany, adjacent to the county’s Central Avenue Complex for county social services and nonprofit agencies.
“Rosemary realized that offering opportunities for the community to have hands-on experience helping their neighbors in need was the key to sustaining and growing our program” said Carolyn Lake, current Executive Director.
“Thanks to her leadership and vision, we have a robust program that does more than just provide stop-gap measures for those who are dealing with hunger.”
The Silver Anniversary Gala, sponsored by Pfizer, Wegmans, Bayer, MetLife and Willis Towers Watson, among others, is the Pantry’s largest annual fundraiser. entertainment. Tickets are $250 each and may be purchased online at https://one.bidpal.net/ifpsilver/welcome. For more information, call 973-538-8049 or email [email protected].