Morris Plains, NJ:  Last month, Parsippany-based advisory firm, Willis Towers Watson teamed up with utility giant JCP&L/FirstEnergy to volunteer at the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center, located at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains.  The two groups assisted the organization by distributing food to Pantry clients at their Free Farmers’ Market, which is held four times per month.  While the two companies have a history of volunteering with the Pantry, this is the first time their employees joined forces at the Morris County based non-profit.

“It was a great opportunity to work side by side with JCP&L, something we’ve never done before with another large company…partnering to give back to the community”, said Brian Stellingwerf of Willis Towers Watson.  “We’ve volunteered quite a bit with the Food Pantry, cooking for their Kitchen to Table program, helping with school supplies and packing bags at Thanksgiving, but it’s great to be out with the people from JCP&L to help out at the Free Farmers’ Market. It’s an incredible experience”, he said.

John Shannon, a 34-year veteran with JCP&L said that although the company has volunteered with the Pantry for many years, this was his first visit. “It was wonderful to work on the line with Brian and his group. We had a lot of great conversations and interaction with the clients on how to cook the wide variety of food provided”, he said. 

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The two companies came together through the Interfaith Food Pantry’s Corporate Advisory Council, a group of representatives from corporations who assist the Pantry by providing in-kind and financial support, participating in volunteer activities, and lending skills and expertise to assist the Pantry where needed.  

“Our corporate partners are an invaluable  resource”, said Sandra Benedict, Director of Development for the Pantry. “The collective effort of these two companies helped us provide fresh fruits and vegetables to over 100 families at the Market today..” she said.  Shannon added, “I would definitely come back.  This is quite an operation.  The nutritious food and education that’s provided to the families that come here is amazing.”

Established in 1994, the Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization serving Morris County residents in need by providing food, nutrition education and other resources.  For more information, visit www.mcifp.org.