SPARTA, NJ – The current "Stay at Home" situation has not dampened the giving Spartan spirit.  A few groups have taken up the mission of keeping their neighbors fed.  Food drives are being held at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, Sparta Athletic Club and Sparta High School students have set up a GoFundMe page all to support the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.

The LMCC is asking members to donate a can of soup, box of dried pasta or cereal.  Susan Egan said they have built a shed in the circle driveway where donations can be dropped off.  She said a LMCC member built shelves in the shed to make it easier.

They are following safety protocols and even people who are very nervous have been coming out to drop off at the shed in the circle, Egan said.

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Every day someone from the food pantry has come to collect the food.  They are working with the support of the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry and will continue their efforts for as long as there is a need, according to Egan.

“In this tough time, people should not be hungry,” Egan said. 

The LMCC continues Giving Tuesdays, donating meals to people who need them.Egan said an LMCC member recently purchased 100 meals to donate to employees at Newton Medical Center. 


"Lake Mohawk has always been a giving community," LMCC General Manager John Stanley said.  "We are doing whatever we can to support everyone now, because it is the right thing to do. We are in this together, and will stay together until this is over."

The food pantries in the county support each other.  The need is compounded because many of the volunteers are older and not coming out during this crisis.

Sparta High School students Bhavika Dawar and Jamie Rubin have set up a GoFundMe page to collect money with which they will purchase food for the Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Dawar works at a local grocery store and will use her employee discount to be able to make the most of every donated dollar.

The girls though this would be a good option for people in the community who want to support the pantry.  The idea was to keep people out of the stores, helping to keep them safe.

They have collected more than $2300 as of Sunday.  Dawar said they would be making weekly food donations to the pantry.

The Sparta Athletic Club has also established a “no contact” drive up and drop off community food drive.  This will be operating on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through April 18.  Between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon they will be receiving donations for the Sparta Ecumenical Food pantry. 

According to published information shared by the League of Municipalities, they are looking for donations of:

  • Cup Noodles,
  • Parmalat Milk,
  • Easy Mac and Cheese,
  • Cereal,
  • Oatmeal,
  • Peanut Butter,
  • Crackers,
  • Soup,
  • Tuna,
  • Chilli,
  • Chicken in a can
  • Fruit in a can,
  • Juice,
  • Pasta,
  • Pasta sauce,
  • Pop tarts,
  • Cookies,
  • Formula,
  • Diapers and wipes,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Soap,
  • Laundry Detergent,
  • Paper towels.

The food pantries in the county support each other.  The need is compounded because many of the volunteers are older and not coming out during this crisis.

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