Posted Friday, April 10th, 2020
Nonprofit Food Providers Dealing with Increased Need – Seek Donations
The Morris County Board of Freeholders has approved a $28,000 COVID-19 emergency allocation to assist four major food pantries that provide nourishment on a daily basis to many hundreds of in-need residents and families across Morris County
These food providers are dealing with increased requests for assistance during this current crisis and are hard pressed to meet the demands.
It is especially difficult as churches and social and civic groups that are important providers of donations are closed during this crisis.
County allocations of $7,000 apiece have been approved unanimously by the Freeholder Board for the Interfaith Food Pantry, Nourish NJ, Table of Hope, and Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry in Dover. The money is to be used by each organization to help meet its most pressing needs.
The four major food pantries that are getting county funding also help provide supplies to smaller soup kitchens that operate in towns across the county.
“Residents in Morris County, like elsewhere in the nation, are struggling due to this crisis; many are unemployed and trying to care for their families,” said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith. “Many are turning to food pantries for help, so we wanted to assist them to help our residents.”
“Our food pantries and soup kitchens provide such an important service to our county community, no more so than now when so many families are worried about when they will get their next paycheck and how to provide for their loved ones,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo.
Many working families are down to one or no paychecks, and no income, but have to pay rents and mortgages and utility bills. They also may be having food insecurity, something food pantries and soup kitchens can help remedy during this period, Freeholder DeFillippo said.
She also suggested that county residents consider reaching out to older or disabled residents or others in need during this crisis and consider shopping for them when they go to supermarkets, so they can stay safely away from potential contamination.
Food pantries and soup kitchens across the county are asking for food and volunteer and monetary donations. The following is a list, with contact information:
Morris County (and regional):
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.