BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Earlier in April, a pop-up food pantry was established at St. Bernard's Episcopal Church and the Peapack Reform Church to provide food to a growing number of local residents who have lost employment due to the pandemic. To date, the pantry has distributed over 800 bags of groceries to local families.
Sama Habibi, a Gladstone resident and member of the Somerset Hills Regional School District's Home and School Association, reached out in March to her pastor at the Peapack Reformed Church with the idea of collecting and distributing food. Habibi subsequently worked with the Rev. Beth Sciaino, pastor of St. Bernard's Church, and Pastor Dan Fenco of Camino deFe, a bilingual worship community that meets at St. Bernard's, to start another pantry in St. Bernard's Parish House.
A second Bernardsville location was established last week at the Sacred Heart Chapel on Bernards Avenue. The pantry relies on a strong network of volunteers and donations from residents and businesses.
Donations are collected from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. There are also community drop off locations at Kings, ShopRite and the Coffee Shop in Bernardsville. The Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge is also collecting food and arranging for donations from Wegmans and WaWa.
For information on how to donate and support the pantry, visit https://www.stbernardsnj.org/pop-up-food-pantry.