MORRIS COUNTY — Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
NALC is America’s largest one-day food collection event that provides millions of pounds of food to local hunger relief agencies. To help, all one needs to do is place non-perishable food items in a bag next to the mailbox before letter carrier arrives on Saturday, May 11, and the letter carrier will do the rest. Food collected is donated to local food pantries.
In the areas of Madison, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Mountain Lakes, Boonton and Boonton Township the food will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry, which serves Morris County residents. Some of the items most needed are canned soup, canned fruit, canned tuna, evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk, peanut butter, pasta sauce in cans or plastic jars, canned beans, canned meats and meals, rice, pasta and cereal.
In the past 14 years more than 371,000 pounds of food from the Letter Carriers Food Drive has been donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry and distributed to Morris County families in need. “We have worked with the local etter carriers for many years and are so grateful for their hard work and for their partnership in our efforts to fight local hunger”, said Carolyn Lake, Interfaith Food Pantry, executive director. “They truly care and understand that many hardworking people still struggle with the high cost of living here in Morris County and may be one illness or car breakdown away from needing food assistance.”
The Interfaith Food Pantry is celebrating 25 years of “neighbors helping neighbors” and has been supplying emergency and supplemental food since 1994 to Morris County residents in need. Clients are low income working families, the unemployed, people with disabilities, and seniors living on fixed incomes. In 2018, the Interfaith Food Pantry helped more than 10,000 Morris County residents and distributed 1.2 million pounds of food. For more information click here or call (973) 538-8049.