Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Need for Meals for Morris Families Has Increased — So Has Difficulty of Getting Donations
With early Spring food drives and fundraisers cancelled, and increased numbers of county residents in need of food as they are out of work due to the COVID-19 situation, food providers and soup kitchens across Morris County are in need of some help.
In addition to a need for food, these nonprofit providers also need supplies, such as forks, spoons, to-go boxes, sandwich bags, and other items for their operations.
It is not just the larger pantries and kitchens that could use a boost, but also smaller providers, many of which normally rely on local churches for donations. But with church, synagogue and mosque services temporarily cancelled, donations collected and dispersed through the generosity of congregations, and by members of local organizations, such as the county’s YMCAs, have dried up.
From the Interfaith Food Pantry:
“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.
From Nourish.NJ (formerly Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown):
“With most buildings we operate shut down, we have little storage space for new goods. We’ve switched to take-out lunches and pre-bagged groceries. For now, the best way to support us is with a monetary donation through our website, which allows us to buy as-needed items on a day-to-day basis. We feel it is the safest way to protect our guests, our staff, and our volunteers.”
In particular, the Table of Hope run by the Spring Street Community Development Corporation www.springstreetcdc.org is especially in need of donations. Table of Hope serves all of Morris County and is available to assist any of Morris County’s 39 municipalities. It is an agency of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey https://cfbnj.org.
There are many providers of food and meals in Morris County. Here is a list with contact information:
United Methodist Church of Stanhope 973-347-0247
Pequannock: First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains 973-835-1144
If there are other food pantries or soup kitchens in Morris County, please email [email protected] so we can add them to this list or make any corrections to the list above.