I was welcomed to IFP as an intern for my ministry education, as I wanted a place tat did hard work but was not church. IFP created a warm and welcoming staff and a group of clients who are so kind. I learned so much that can not be learned about in a class room. I feel valued as a voulenter and look forward to distributions as I get to know clients and help them out. Well I am sad for the need for a pantry, I am glad that IFP exists and treats everyone with respect.
My wife and I have been involved with the Interfaith Food Pantry since the late 1990's , when it was a one -employee and handull of volunteers operation. Since that time the number of clients served and food distributed has increased ten-fold. What started as four shelves in the basement of a local church is now a 14,000 square foot warehouse/distribution/nutrition education/administrative building located in Morris County's Central Park Campus with a smaller distrubtion center in downtown Morristown. The new building, funded by a $2.6 million capital campaign (all but $183,000 was private funds) allows the Pantry to serve over 2,000 client families and distribute over seven tons of food per week. The staff now includes seven full time and five part time employees and is assisted by over 250 "staff" volunteers whose weekly commitment to the work of the Pantry is the equivalent of nine full time employees. The Pantry now palys a key role in the maintenance of Morris County's safety net. Russ Hall
I have been volunteering at the Interfaith Food Pantry for close to 10 years in several capacities. I have seen the growth from a small operation to a very large operation with the ability to reach many, many people in need of food. Unfortunately, there has been a huge increase in the need for the Food Pantry services due to the economy. Most of the clients are working, but don't make enough to support themselves, so having food provided to them is a life saver. The Food Pantry is so compassionate and helpful to the clients. It is very well run and an outstanding staff. I have worked as a volunteer in the following areas: Food distribution to clients, Restocking the shelves for food, and bookkeeping.