MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morristown Food Drive collected over 8,000 pounds of food and raised over a couple thousand of dollars for the Interfaith Food Pantry, announced Mayor Dougherty on Monday morning.

"Thank you to all the people who donated food to the interfaith food pantry", said Dougherty.

The Interfaith Food Pantry has received incredible support from the community. According to Carolyn Lake, Executive Director of the Interfaith Food Pantry, the drives held in Morris Plains, Madison, Chatham, Hanover, Boonton Township, Morristown and Morris Township have collected over 40,000 pounds of food.

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"At the onset of this crisis we had a great deal of concern", said Lake. "More than half of the 1.2 million pounds of food we distribute annually is donated by the public – schools, houses of worship, civic groups and businesses.  Then with the cancellation of our annual fundraising event as well as the annual Letter Carrier’s Drive, which typically provides a vehicle for community involvement, we were preparing for a devastating impact".   

"So far this year we have served more than 7,500 households – with 500 new families enrolled just over the last few weeks", she said.  "But the Morris County community is uniquely generous and has rallied behind the cause to make sure our neighbors are not going hungry.  With the hard work and effort of the Mayors, municipal employees and the numerous volunteers involved, no one in our community needs to go without three healthy, square meals a day. “

Lake wanted to remind community members that anyone in need of assistance can call 973-538-8049. All information is kept confidential, she said

For more information on how you can help the Interfaith Food Pantry, visit www.mcifp.org

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