MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - The Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP), which supplies emergency and supplemental groceries to Morris County residents during their time of need has released the following information:

The IFP supplies food, including non-perishables, produce, dairy, grains and meat through its two locations in Morris Plains and Morristown, through a home delivery program and through partner agencies throughout Morris County. 

COVID-19 RESPONSE INFORMATION

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Current IFP Clients should continue to receive food from their designated location at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains or 190 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.  Note a full month’s supply of groceries will be prepacked and distributed by IFP staff at both locations. An IFP employee will greet you and bring your groceries to you. Home Deliveries will continue as scheduled.  Please keep in mind social distancing rules; drivers have been instructed not to enter your home and may leave your groceries at the door.  The IFP Mobile Pantry will continue to make monthly visits to smaller pantries and senior housing units as scheduled.

If you are not a current client but need food Emergency Food Bags are available at both locations during their normal operating hours, posted at www.mcifp.org. To receive supplemental food on a regular basis please call 973-538-8049 x210 and leave your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and PREFFERED LANGUAGE (English, Spanish or Russian).  Someone will get back to you within 48 hours.  

Donor Information: The IFP is in need of food and financial contributions. According to Pantry officials 300,000 pounds of food has been distributed since the start of 2020, or the equivalent of 250,000 meals so far this year.  Food donations may be dropped off in a bin left under the overhang at 2 Executive Drive Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Financial donations can be by check, online at www.mcifp.org or by texting ‘hunger' to 26-989.  According to Carolyn Lake, Executive Director:  “With the postponement of our Spring Gala we need to raise critical operating funds and purchase food to fill in the gaps. Just last week we spent $22,000 on food. We’re working closely with the Community Food Bank of NJ and our suppliers to stretch the dollar and ensure funds are being used as efficiently as possible.” Lake also points to the four-star rating the organization recently received from Charity Navigator.  “People can donate with confidence. We are an established provider with a long track record of fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability so our donors know their contributions are being put to good use.” 

Though the Spring Gala, honoring Impact 100 - Garden State,  which funded the startup of the IFP Healthy Choice Mobile Pantry has been postponed, the IFP will host an on-line auction on Friday, April 17th.  “We’ll be auctioning a lot of gift cards to local restaurants so it’s a good way to support us and local businesses at the same time. Anyone with smart-phone can participate by texting 'IFP2020' to 243-725.  

Volunteers: Current IFP volunteers are covering deliveries. No additional volunteers are needed at this time but Pantry officials do encourage people to continue food drives and Facebook fundraisers.  For more information, visit www.mcifp.org.

About: The Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in 1994 by four areas houses of worship to address the need for emergency and supplemental groceries among low-income working families, seniors living on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, unemployed workers and anyone in emergency need of food assistance.  Governed by an elected Board of Trustees from the community The IFP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the Attorney General of the State of NJ. Their tax ID number is 22-3618468.

 

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