Thursday, November 15, 2012
Local food pantries struggling to keep up with the demand this holiday season.
For food pantries across Northern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy dealt a double blow: It increased the number of families in need of assistance and shortened the span between Halloween (which Gov. Chris Christie moved to Nov. 5) and Thankgsiving, which comes early this year. Prior to the storm, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey reported more than 960,000 residents of Northern New Jersey are food insecure, meaning at times they lack access to enough food to maintain an active, healthy life. The Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am to 2pm at the following locations: Morris County Passaic County Sommerset County
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Drop off requested items between Nov. 15 and Dec. 24.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Want your theater with a side of helping a good local cause? The Mayo Performing Arts Center will be hosting a food drive with all donations going toward the Community Soup Kitchen, based in Morristown. Food will be collected from Nov. 15 through Dec. 24. "The Mayo Center is proud to work with Community Soup Kitchen to help provide necessary food and supplies to those individuals in need," said Allison Larena, president and CEO of MPAC. "We encourage our patrons to help us in this effort to make the holiday season a joyous time for everyone." Since 1984, the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center has served a hot noon-time meal, 365 days a year, never missing a day. It serves as many as 300 men, women, and children a day—among them are…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Borough finishes first in division and overall in the contest; township finishes second in division, third in county-wide food drive.
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: 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. Together the Chathams, along with the other …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Chatham Borough is in second place, with over $300 in goods to raise if they want to catch up with Chatham Township.
In YouGiveGoods' latest food drive, in which municipalities compete against each other, Chatham Township is firmly in the lead with $536 in goods raised since Sept. 1. Chatham Borough is in second place with $212 in donated goods raised. Both amounts are as of Wednesday. Eighteen Morris County municipalities are competing in the food drive in three separate divisions, based on population. Chatham Borough and Chatham Township are both in Division 2, along with: Goods donated from Division 2 towns will benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry and other local food pantries, whose donations tend to go down over the summer. Residents can purchase food online to donate to the contest, and YouGiveGoods will email a tax receipt. The winner of each …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Final results released in the summer food drive, which benefited The Salvation Army.
On Tuesday, June 3, Tim Lonergan of Chatham High School and Brendan Lewis of Mendham High School delivered over 2.5 tons, or $10,320 of donated food to The Salvation Army, over $150 more than the amount originally reported in Chatham Patch on June 25. Lonergan and Lewis, two friends from rival high schools, started the food drive at the beginning of June. They tracked donations using YouGiveGoods.com, a website based in Mendham that facilitates charity drives. Lonergan's mother, Mary, is the director of strategic partnerships for YouGiveGoods.com. The website recently launched a Food Drive Contest feature, which the boys found ideal in tracking which community donated the most food. Each had a goal of raising $2,500 in food. As Lonergan's …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Along with Mendham teen, amount rises to more than $10K.
In a friendly rivalry between teens from Chatham High School and Mendham High School, Chatham came out on top. Tim Lonergan, a sophomore at Chatham High School, and Brendan Lewis, a freshman at Mendham High, collected food donations from their respective communities throughout the month of June. When collections ended Friday, the two had gathered $10,153 worth of goods. As Lonergan's efforts reaped in the donations, he raised his donation goal from $2,500 to $4,000, then to $6,500 in goods. He came close to his final goal, with a total of $6,423 in donations for the Morristown Corps of the Salvation Army. Lewis also raised his goal during the drive. He collected a total of $3,730 for the Salvation Army's Dover Corps. “A lot of people have …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Stamp Out Hunger, in its 20th year, feeds hungry people in Morris County.
You know that bag of food you’ve been meaning to drop off at the local food pantry? This Saturday, your mail carrier will do the work for you. May 12 marks the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger, and it couldn’t be easier to participate. Simply put a bag of nonperishable food out with your mail. Local postal workers will collect it on his or her route and deliver it to the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center in Morris Plains. Postal workers in Chatham Borough will take the food to the annex of the Chatham Post Office. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of the Chathams and the Morris County Youth Shelter will transport the food to the Interfaith Food Pantry, according to Kiwanian Ron Whalin. Donations tend to drop during the summer, and …