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Twp. Food Pantry Needs Community's Help

Local non-profit organization at 'critically low' level.

The Washington Township Food Pantry's shelves are growing bare, and the organization is hoping the community will help fix that problem this Saturday.

The Food Pantry will host an Emergency Food Drive this Saturday, according to Washington Township Schools Superintendent Jeff Mohre. 

The drive will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on July 21 at the Food Pantry, located at on Bartley Road. 

The food supply is at a critically-low level, Mohre said, and donations of non-perishable food, meal, toiletry, and paper items are desperately needed to assist the pantry.

The school district also distributed a Honeywell alert Wednesday night with that information.

For more information about the pantry, go to lvpc.net.

Some Summer Help

The annual vacation bible school program at Valley View Chapel is doing its share in helping, and will cap off a successful summer program with its second annual "Jam the Van" program on Sunday, July 22 to benefit the food pantry.

A "mission moment" has been incorporated into the church's summer program, and students have been bringing donations for the food pantry throughout the summer schooling session, according to Susan Spina. 

Those donations will be hauled over to the pantry Friday afternoon, and to supplement the students' efforts, the church's Deaconesses arranged Sunday's "Jam the Van" program.

Volunteers will be available to accept donations from 8 a.m. to noon at the church on Sunday, Spina said. 

Sam Slobo July 19, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I heard that Lotito, a very misunderstood ------------- , is coordinating a HUGE selfless effort to stock the pantry. The only delayis he cant get out from behind his computer.
Tracy Tobin July 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Why does someone always feel the necessity to inject an unrelated comment into a Patch News item? The topic is the Food Pantry running close to empty while local residents struggle to get by in a bad economy. I will check the Pantry Needs List and then head up to Sam's Club. I hope our residents responds as generously as they have in the past.
CCL July 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Well said Tracy!
Tom Granat July 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The list that Tracey spoke of can be found here http://www.wtmorris.org/town/food_pantry.php
jmwk July 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Friday our church, Valley View Chapel in Long Valley, is having a car wash from 10am-11:30am. All donations will go to the Long Valley Food Pantry. If anyone can make it thanks for your support.
Tracy Tobin July 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I missed the Saturday collection (Old Timer's Memory lapse) but I will drop off my Sam's Club purchases today at Valley View Chapel. Sam's has some great bulk purchase buys, and the Food Pantry accepts donations during the week in case anyone else missed Saturday's collection. I did not see either collection on Patch's Event Calendar. Non-Profits should always put their events up there as most residents check the calendar frequently. The First Aid Squad is also very generous in posting events on their outdoor bulletin board if given requests in advance and if space is available. (I am not an employee of Sam's Club, Wal-Mart or Patch. You can get good buys at most large stores in the area.)
Eileen Stokes July 22, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Many local churches, such as St, Mark's on Spring Lane, regularly support the food pantry. Non-perishable food can be dropped off in the collection box Sundays during church services but also any time the church office is open. In summer that is M,T, W and F mornings 9am to 1pm. The food will be transported to Long Valley Presbyterian for distribution.
Tracy Tobin July 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Dropped off food from Sam's at Valley View Chapel this morning. Van looked like it was pretty much filled. You would be surprised how much food is distributed at the Food Pantry every week. Check the Pantry website for times you can drop off donations other than during food drives. To paraphrase a larger Food bank, "Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation".

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