PARSIPPANY, NJ - Neighbors helping neighbors is what puts the pride in Parsippany. That has never been more true than now, when the strong community spirit that is Parsippany, has mobilized into action during this pandemic.
With all the worry about the virus, the economy and the health of our first responders and front line workers, sometimes it's hard to remember that it is our very neighbors who in many cases have become food insecure. With people losing jobs, and normal grocery shopping being altered, it is difficult and sometimes impossible for residents to get access to food.
The Food Pantry of St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany has been experiencing food shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend they conducted a food drive of non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies at the back of the church at All Saints Academy.
Many local residents were there including former Council President, Lou Valori.
"A woman showed up and asked me for help. I thought she wanted me to help her carry food from her car into the hallway. When I offered to help her, she asked me for food. She was there to get food for herself. She lived by herself at Baldwin Oaks apartments. I immediately connected her with the leaders of the food drive who helped her right away.", Valori said.
Also showing up today with a van full of bags of food was Rosemary Becchi. Bechhi is running for Congress in Parsippany's 11th Congressional District.
"The pandemic has posed challengees that we have seen before - but every day I see an act of kindness and support that inspires me.", Becchi had to say. "I stopped by St. Peter's food pantry and saw volunteers making a difference today. I was happy to be a small part of their effort".
There is still an opportunity to donate food. The donation drive will be open tomorrow, Sunday April 19th from 9am to 3pm. The address is All Saints Academy, 189 Baldwin Road, Parsippany. Most needed items include non-perishable food items and personal, cleaning and paper products.