MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Table of Hope, with the support of Morris County officials, businesses, agencies and volunteers, will be holding a Thanksgiving food distribution at the County College of Morris (CCM) on Saturday, Nov. 21 and needs donations to buy 600 turkeys.
The food distribution will include fresh produce, canned goods and dairy products. It is open to Morris County residents and will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Parking Lot 1 on the CCM campus.
Visitors are asked to use CCM’s Center Grove Road entrance. The distribution will operate as a no-questions-asked, contactless drive-through event with cars stopping at different food stations categorized by food type. Visitors only need to open the trunk of their car to have boxes of food placed there by volunteers. Also to be distributed are hats and gloves for the colder months.
Organizers have established three ways to support the event:
Turkey Donations: To purchase and donate a turkey, contact Kurt at Alstede Farms at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (908) 879-7189 or write a check to Alstede Farms, LLC and mail it to Alstede Farms, Post Office Box 278, Chester, New Jersey 07930. PLEASE write “TOH Turkey” in the memo field.
Financial Donations: To make a financial contribution to the event, click here.
Toy Donations: Toys also are being accepted. They should be delivered to the County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. at the Public Safety Building in Lot 10. The toy donations will be accepted until Friday, 3:00 p.m., Nov. 20, 2020.
This is the third food distribution event Table of Hope is holding at CCM in partnership with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Supporting organizations also include Alstede Farm and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. About 40 CCM faculty, staff and students, along with college administrators will serve as volunteers in the effort.
The previous event at CCM, held in August, provided backpacks with school supplies for children to help them start their school year strong, along with food. The first event, held in June, had New Jersey First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, State Senator Anthony M. Bucco, and Freeholders John Krickus and Steve Shaw serving as volunteers.
Shortly after COVID-19 struck, Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams, pastor of Bethel Church of Morristown, converted the Table of Hope bus that was used to pick up food for its soup kitchen so it could be utilized for mobile food distribution. Williams is the founder of the Spring Street Community Development Corporation that operates Table of Hope and other programs to improve the lives of individuals and families in Morris County.
“We are delighted to partner once again with CCM so families throughout Morris County can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Williams.
“We’re delighted to host this event to help those in need during a very difficult and challenging time so they can have a true Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, CCM president. “We’re delighted to partner once again with Table of Hope and Morris County’s Freeholders, Chamber of Commerce, Sheriff’s Office, Alstede Farms and others to ensure people can put food on their tables. It makes us proud to be part of a community that truly cares for its own.”
In March, Table of Hope began operating weekly mobile food distribution programs in Morristown, Parsippany and Dover, along with additional grocery supply events in other Morris County communities. Prior to COVID-19, its pantry in Morristown served about 65 people weekly. The number now being served each week at each mobile distribution event averages 1,000 to 1,500 individuals, reports Teresa Williams, executive director of the Spring Street Community Development Center. To date, more than 18,500 individuals and families have been helped and over 899,300 pounds of food have been distributed.
The Table of Hope soup kitchen has continued to provide dinners but as a take-out service during the pandemic. Table of Hope receives food from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, local farms and food service companies. To volunteer or make a donation, visit the Spring Street CDC website.
Many other services are available to assist residents in Morris County’s 39 municipalities who are in need of food. A list of available food services, including food pantries, volunteer shopper organizations, meal delivery services and take-out meal services, can be found by clicking here.