Leadership Morris sponsors food drive at ‘Picnic With a Purpose,’ July 17

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Leadership Morris, a community education program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring a food drive to help fill the shelves at the Interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center during the summer months.

Leadership Morris' 2011 food drive for the Interfaith Food Pantry netted 835 lbs. of food. This year's goal is 2,000 lbs. to benefit Morris County families in need.

“The drive was scheduled during the summer to coincide with a time when school is out and the Pantry often receives requests for additional items from families with school age children,” explained Lee Moreau, co-chair of the Leadership Morris Alumni Council.

“At the same time, many of the groups that conduct food drives for the Pantry, such as Scouts and civic groups are on vacation. Leadership Morris members and alumni are well aware of the challenges faced by the Pantry and the thousands of households in Morris County who seek their help, and we’re dedicated to helping out and making a positive difference.”

The group is hoping that the upcoming “Picnic with a Purpose” will help meet its goal of gathering 2,000 pounds of food by July 31.

The Leadership Morris board expects about 65 members and alumni to attend, and is asking participants to bring non-perishable goods. The picnic will be held Tuesday, July 17, at 4:30 pm at the Central Park of Morris County, located in the former Greystone complex in Parsippany. The Pantry is conveniently located across the street in Morris Plains.

The public is welcome to participate by dropping off food donations at the Pantry at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, from 9:30-4:30, Monday-Thursday, or by purchasing food online through retailer YouGiveGoods.com, or by making a financial contribution at www.mcifp.org.

About Leadership Morris

Founded in 1991, Leadership Morris each year brings together a class of approximately 30 individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences who are preparing for or who have demonstrated business leadership ability through community involvement.

The Program teaches business professionals and not-for-profit executives about the opportunities, challenges, institutions and the people of Morris County.

About the Interfaith Food Pantry

The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helping Morris County families make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries in times of need. Last year, the IFP served more than 5,500 different households and distributed 325 tons of food. For more information, visit www.mcifp.org or call 973-538-8049.

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