MORRISTOWN, NJ - The 4th Annual Little Black Dress Initiative will kick off the week of November 18, announced the Junior League of Morristown. The organization's campaign aims to shed light on the "invisible poverty" that surrounds us, with the goals of raising awareness and funds to help lift the burden carried by the most vulnerable in our community, they said.

According to FeedingAmerica.org, 28,070 people in Morris County were food insecure in 2017. Being "food insecure" means that they did not have consistent access to adequate food. Advocates will be reinforcing the ways the Junior League of Morristown addresses  the unmet needs of the teen community through programs, grants, and partnerships that ensure ample food and resources for
teens to achieve their post-secondary education goals.

In preparation for the 'Little Black Dress Initiative, the Junior League of Morristown will bring together community organizations for a discussion on“invisible poverty” in Morris County. Representatives from Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center and Girls Helping Girls. Period. will address the League at their November membership meeting to educate and share how their organizations are working in the community.

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In addition to discussions on poverty, league members throughout Morris County will wear one black dress to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a person’s access to resources, confidence, and opportunities. They will wear a pin that says "ask me about my dress" to raise awareness and spark conversations about the initiative. 

“The JLM is proud to lead the community in our efforts to bring the very real challenges of poverty into the light so that, together, we can address the needs of our neighbors who require our help. This year, the JLM, through its 4th LBDI campaign, hopes not only to educate even more people about the hidden ways that poverty affects families, but also to raise more money to prevent the cycle of poverty from continuing.”, said Jacqueline Palumbo, president of the Junior League of Morristown.

To help the organization meet their goal, they are asking the community to consider donating to their cause. Click Here to help them meet their goal of $15,000 in five days. Monies raised will support the League’s impact area of addressing the unmet needs of teens in Morris County and surrounding areas to ensure ample food, resources, and education needed to achieve their post-secondary education goals.