PARSIPPANY, NJ - Parsippany neighbors are voicing their hurt in many ways. Whether it's the Coronavirus that has struck a family member, or a job that has been lost, or a family overwhelmed by the new burdens of home-schooling, their new normal household navigation has significantly changed.
On May 6, 2020 Parsippany leaders took the time to deliver food that was donated via a food drive hosted by the Morris County Republican Committee. Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Council President Michael dePierro, his wife Dee, Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani and former Council President Lou Valori picked up all the food that was donated by many various Morris County Republicans and delivered it to St. Peter's food pantry.
Councilmember Paul Carifi donated food in advance of the day. Freeholder Director Deb Smith and her husband Steve donated over 100 cans of Progresso soup to the cause.
The food was received by Father David Pickens and volunteer Elinor Iracane who spearhead the coordination of food collection and distribution at St. Peter's.
During normal times, the program offered by the pantry is called 'People's Choice'. This allows Parsippany area residents to come in and shop according to their family's needs and tastes. Now that times have changed, pre-made bags of groceries are prepared in advance.
The next food collection drive will be the weekend of May 16th and 17th. Specific foods and items that are needed include canned goods, detergents, cereal, toilet paper and other paper goods.