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Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry Event to Benefit Local Charities Oct. 25

MONTCLAIR, NJ - On October 25, Toni's Kitchen and the Human Needs Food Pantry will benefit from the fundraising event, the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry. 
Children of all ages are invoited to experience serious haunted fun on Saturday, October 25 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at 105 Upper Mountain Avenue.  The braver visitors ages 10 and up can travel through the haunted adventure.  Those younger and the feint of heart can choose the lighter path and enjoy crafts and treats. 


The event is named for and honors the late Philip McNeal, former Chairman of the Board of the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, and lover of Halloween fun.   

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“Philip McNeal loved Halloween and was passionate about raising awareness to address food need in our community.  This event combines those passions to celebrate Halloween while raising funds to support Human Needs Food Pantry and Toni’s Kitchen.”  said Rob Farmer, co founder of the event.  

John Whipple, who in past years has hosted the haunted adventure “Old Man Whipple’s House” at his home, has also joined the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry and encourages all to come to support Toni’s Kitchen and the Human Needs Food Pantry, “I am thrilled to be part of this event.  So, come out and enjoy.  We expect the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry to become an annual Montclair Event.”


Admission is $5.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Any additional donations will be matched $1 for $1 by the Partners For Health Foundation.


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Since 1982, the Human Needs Food Pantry has provided food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County. Their diverse client base includes families and singles who are elderly, disabled, home-bound, unemployed, or underemployed (working poor). Eligibility is determined using federal guidelines, which base need on income.



Guests of Toni’s Kitchen find not only nutritious meals, but on-site case management, a full service medical clinic, mental health services, nutrition education, therapeutic art workshops, skills training and other important services.  These programs are made possible by our 350 active volunteers, our generous donors, community partners and the thoughtful involvement of the broader community.  Toni’s Kitchen welcomes all.


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