The economic impact of COVID continues to devastate many in our surrounding communities and people are struggling to feed their families. About four in 10 people have visited food banks this year and more than 1.2 million New Jerseyans are food insecure. Many of us are fortunate that we are financially stable. Some may have recently received additional income via a company bonus, tax refund, or Government stimulus check. As we enter this Easter season of hope and renewal PCCT would like to offer a way to “pay it forward” through a Hunger Relief Fund. 100% of the monetary donations received will be shared among the following agencies: Community Food Bank of NJ, nourish.nj, Interfaith Food Pantry Network, the food bank at First Baptist of Madison, and Helping Hands of Chatham. The campaign will commence March 28th and run through April 25th. You can donate on line or send a check payable to PCCT with Hunger Relief Fund in the memo line.
Here’s some brief information about the agencies we will be supporting:
Community Food Bank of New Jersey is the State’s largest foodbank. Food donations are received in bulk and are then packaged up for distribution to local soup kitchens and pantries.
Nourish.nj offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services. Their Free Farmers Market provides fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat for guests several times each week.
Interfaith Food Pantry Network provides nutritious food, education and resources to Morris County families in need.
The First Baptist Church of Madison operates a food pantry that is open to the public on Saturday mornings.
Helping Hands of Chatham provides assistance to families via $25 gift cards from Shop Rite. Cards are distributed on Wednesdays at the Chatham United Methodist Church, where a food pantry is also located and is operational 24/7. Boxes of fresh produce are also available for pickup on Wednesdays.