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COVID-19: Morris County Freeholders provide emergency funds to food pantries

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – 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,” Freeholder Director Deborah Smith said. “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,’’ Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo said.

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:

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
  • Faith Kitchen and Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church 973-366-2821

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 County (and regional):

  • Table of Hope  973-267-8912
  • Interfaith Food Pantry 973-538-8049 ext. 12
  • Nourish NJ 973-267-0709
  • Trinity Lutheran Church 973-366-2821

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  973-267-8912
  • 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

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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