Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry Fundraising Dinner - October 10, 2019
On Thursday, October 10 the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry held their eighth annual fundraising dinner. On behalf of Valerie Macchio (Food Pantry Board President) and myself I would like to express our appreciation to all supporting Churches and organizations, to our board members, to pantry and event volunteers, to our dinner sponsors and donors, to the over 170 guests who came to this event and to Lake Mohawk Country Club and Burkes Wine and Liquor. With their support, dedication, and input we were able to raise over $20,000 for the volunteer run Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry. During this year and next, this money will be used to help citizens in need in Sparta and Greater Sussex County. It will help fund our regularly scheduled weekly/monthly food distribution, our children’s summer feeding program, and our Christmas bag give away that provides a holiday meal (including a free Turkey, chicken or ham depending on Family size).
I would be remiss if I did not also mention Sparta Kiwanis and Sparta Stop&Shop. Via monthly food and donation collections in front of Stop&Shop, Sparta Kiwanis collected and presented a check at this dinner for $14,747 – this money is in addition to 160 shopping baskets full of food collected and donated to the food pantry during the year.
Please keep the food pantry in mind. Look for our announcements next year regarding our 9th annual dinner. If interested in volunteering contact Valerie Macchio @ 201-306-6148 for the food pantry, or Jack Fritzke @ 973-876-1747 regarding Kiwanis.
Thank you, Frank Cannistra
Food Pantry Board Member & Event Chair