Chatham Borough and Chatham Township proved their generosity in the Morris County Municipal Action to Curb Hunger (M.c.M.A.T.C.H.) food drive, which ended Friday.
Eighteen Morris County municipalities competed in the drive, hosted online by YouGiveGoods.com. The towns were divided into three divisions. The two Chathams competed in Division 2 in the contest, against each other and against:
- Chester Township
- East Hanover
- Florham Park
- Lincoln Park
- Long Hill
- Rockaway Borough and
When the contest came to a close, Chatham Borough had raised $4,603 in food. That's more than any other town in its division, and more than any of the other 18 participating towns.
Chatham Township placed third in the competition's leaderboard with $1,714 worth of food donated in the course of the contest.
Mendham Borough raised the second-highest amount of donations, a total of $3,862 during the contest. Both Mendham and Chatham boroughs have received more donations through their YouGiveGoods pages since the competition ended.
The drive began on Sept. 1 and finished on Friday, Sept. 21.
Overall, 18 municipalities in Morris County raised about 13,800 pounds of food, including about 8,000 pounds—almost $15,600 worth—through YouGiveGoods.com
Morris County started the food drive to replenish food stores for local pantries during September, which is Hunger Awareness Month. Donations from the Chathams benefited the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown.
According to a press release from YouGiveGoods, "nearly one-third of Morris County residents live on incomes that fall below the level of self-sufficiency," and can benefit from the services local food panties offer.
The winner of each division will be recognized at the county's Human Services Public Officials Forum at the end of September.