RANDOLPH, NJ - All Morris County residents that are in need of food and schools supplies are invited to attend the Table of Hope Event on Saturday, August 29 at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

County residents and families can receive fresh produce, meat, dairy, canned goods as well as other groceries. There will also be a separate station with backpacks and school supplies, announced organizers.

The event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 1 on the CCM campus. The event will be a contact less drive through with cars stopping at different food stations, categorized by food type, said organizers. Volunteers will place bags or boxes filled with food into the vehicle's trunks.

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Visitors are asked to use the college’s Dover Chester Road entrance. Face coverings are required for everyone who comes to campus. 

 "The great work being done by Table of Hope and other food pantries in Morris County has been exemplary,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, liaison to the
county’s Human Services agencies. “Without their dedication, many people in our county, who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, would be hard pressed to feed their families.We strongly back their efforts".

The Board of Freeholders during this COVID pandemic have provided $56,000 to the county’s four main food pantries to help offset the cost of their distribution efforts. Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Rev Sidney Williams, pastor of Bethel Church of Morristown, converted the Table of Hope bus that was used to pick up food to also be utilized for mobile food distribution. Williams is  founder of the Spring Street Community Development Corporation that operates Table of Hope and other programs to improve lives of individuals and families in Morris County.

“We are delighted to partner with CCM so that we can reach a greater number of Morris County residents,” said Rev. Williams.

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 500 to 600, 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 more than 899,300 pounds of food has been distributed.

“While the past five months have been difficult and challenging for so many, it’s also been so very heartwarming to see how the Morris County community has come together to help those in need,” said CCM President Anthony Iacono. “As community organizations we are all committed to doing all we can to strengthen the communities we serve.”

Table of Hope also operates a soup kitchen that during the pandemic has continued to provide dinners as a take-out service.  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 at https://springstreetcdc.org/.

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