Morristown’s Table of Hope soup kitchen closing again

Susan Hunter of the Morris County Sheriff's Office volunteers at Table of Hope, MLK Day 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Susan Hunter of the Morris County Sheriff's Office volunteers at Table of Hope, MLK Day 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad
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Morristown’s Table of Hope soup kitchen will close indefinitely on Aug. 23, 2017, the Rev. Sidney Williams Jr. said on Tuesday.

“Please note we are not able to pay for trash collection or other related expenses for the Table of Hope at this time,” the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church said in an email to supporters and volunteers.

Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of Bethel AME Church at MLK breakfast in Morristown, Jan. 16, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of Bethel AME Church at MLK breakfast in Morristown, Jan. 16, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Williams said he is working with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and trustees of the Spring Street Redevelopment Corp. to raise money for Table of Hope, which benefactors rescued after a brief shutdown in March 2016.

A beefsteak fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 18, 2017, at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Tickets are $65.

Established four years ago, Table of Hope serves about 100 meals on weeknights, and also distributes donated food for free on Thursdays, Williams has said. Latino day laborers and senior citizens are among the guests who rely on these programs, he has said.

Back in June, the minister said donations tend to dry up over the summer when people are vacationing. At the time, he was aiming to raise $15,000, along with donations of sugar, spices, flour, coffee and water.

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