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COVID-19: Morris County area food pantries and soup kitchens need donations

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – 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 Bethel AME Church of Morristown is especially in need of donations. Table of Hope serves all of Morris County (not just Morristown) and is operated by the Spring Street Community Development Corporation www.springstreetcdc.org. It is an agency of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey https://cfbnj.org.This week, Table of Hope will be distributing food to residents of Dover, Morristown and Parsippany, and it hopes to serve additional municipalities as needed.  Volunteers can sign up on our website. Their greatest need is funding for the operation of the Mobile Food Pantry. Donations can be given online or mailed to our Center at 65 Spring Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.

There are many providers of food and meals in Morris County. Here is a list with contact information:

Boonton:

  • Boonton Food Pantry 973-402-9419 ext.634
  • Evengel Church of God 973-263-1787
  • Women’s Infants and Children’s Clinic (WIC) 800-427-3244

Butler:

  • United Methodist Church  973-838-2026
  • St. Anthony’s Church 973-838-0031

Chester:

  • Chester Food Pantry 973-879-2548

Denville:

  • Denville Food Pantry 973-625-8300 ext.269
  • St. Clare’s Meals on Wheels 973-625-6010

Dover:

  • First Memorial Presbyterian Church 973-366-0216
  • Women’s Infants and Children’s Clinic (WIC) 800-427-3244
  • First United Methodist Church 973-366-1804
  • Grace United Methodist Church 973-366-3681
  • Salvation Army 973-366-0764 or 973-366-0875
  • St. Mary’s Parish 973-366-0184

Florham Park:

  • Holy Family Church 973-377-7190

Hanover Twp.:

  • First Presbyterian Church of Whippany 973-887-2197

Jefferson:

  • Milton United Methodist Church 973-697-3194
  • Star of the Sea R.C. Church 973-663-0211
  • Hurdtown United Methodist Church 973-663-1216

Lincoln Park:

  • Lincoln Park Municipal Building 973-694-6100

Madison:

  • Meals on Wheels 973-593-3095

Mine Hill:

  • Township Municipal Building 973-366-9031 ext. 62

Montville:

  • Kiwanis Food Pantry 973-216-7649

Morris Plains:

  • Interfaith Food Pantry 973-538-8049 ext. 12

Morristown:

  • Hendrickson Smith Food Pantry 973-455-9802
  • Meals on Wheels 973-538-2160 ext.211
  • Table of Hope/Bethel Church  973-267-8912 (serves numerous towns)
  • Nourish NJ 973-267-0709
  • Interfaith Food Pantry 973-538-8049 ext. 12
  • Women’s Infants and Children’s Clinic (WIC) 800-427-3244
  • Market Street Mission 973-538-0431
  • 7th Day Adventist Church 973-984-2970
  • Salvation Army 973-539-2700

Mount Olive:

  • St. Eliz Ann Seaton Parish 973-927-1629
  • Abiding Peace Lutheran Church  973-691-9393

Netcong:

United Methodist Church of Stanhope 973-347-0247

Parsippany:

  • Parsippany Christian Church 973-335-6387
  • St. Peter’s Food Pantry 973-334-2090
  • Parsippany Food Pantry 973-263-7163

Pequannock: First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains 973-835-1144

Randolph:

  • Bethlehem Church  973-366-3434

Rockaway:

  • Rockaway Food Closet 973-627-1059

Roxbury Twp.:

  • Municipal Building 973-448-2026

Washington Twp,:

  • Drakestown United Methodist Church 908-852-4460 or 908-319-4734
  • Long Valley Presbyterian Church 908-876-3471

For a list of food pantries in the Warren County area click here.

For a list of food pantries in the Sussex County area click here.

For a list of food pantries in the Hunterdon County click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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