MORRISTOWN, NJ – On Tuesday, officials from the Interfaith Food Pantry met with letter carriers to kick off the "Stamp Out Hunger" Campaign which, over the past ten years, has collected a total of 348,200 pounds of food from post offices in Morristown, Madison, Chatham, Florham Park, Cedar Knolls, Whippany, Morris Plains, Mendham, Dover, Rockaway, Mountain Lakes and Parsippany. In the ten years of the campaign, Morristown alone has collected almost 65,000 pounds of food.

"Last year the Interfaith Food Pantry has collected 12,000 pounds of food from eight different post offices", said Joanne Rinaldi Brashier of the Interfaith Food Pantry. "We are grateful for whatever we get but it’s always nice to exceed the amount from the prior year since the number of our clients increases and so does the need especially during the summer months".

How can residents help the Interfaith Food Pantry and area post offices collect food? On Saturday May 13, join the Letter Carriers across the country by taking part in the 25th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” which is America’s largest one-day food collection event. The drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), provides millions of pounds of food to local hunger relief agencies. Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in a bag next to the mailbox on May 13.  The letter carriers will pick up the items and deliver them to the food pantry.

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"This is a way that the Post Offices and Postal Unions can help", said Keith Kirshner, National Association of Letter Carriers Shop Steward for the Morristown Letter Carriers. "We go to every door so its a way for us to help replenish the food banks locally and no donation is too small".

According to the Interfaith Food Panty, some of the items most needed are canned soup, canned fruit, canned tuna, evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk, pasta sauce in cans or plastic jars, canned beans (such as kidney, pinto, etc.), pasta and cereal. In 2016, the Interfaith Food Pantry served nearly 10,000 people across Morris County, distributing more than one million pounds of food.  Food Pantry clients include low-income working families and their children, senior citizens living on fixed incomes, people with disabilities and others unemployed or in crisis. 

 For more information, visit www.mcifp.org or call 973-538-8049.