Hundreds walk to end hunger in Morristown

Lily from Vernon dressed as a pea pod welcoming the volunteers. She's a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society at Centenary University in Hackettstown. Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lily from Vernon dressed as a pea pod welcoming the volunteers.  She's a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society at Centenary University in Hackettstown. Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

Hunger.  It’s a word that people don’t associate with affluent areas like Morris County, but it exists everywhere. 
 
Walkers moving along at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Walkers moving along at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

That’s why the Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center in Morristown held its 21st annual Hunger Walk on Sunday. 

 
Volunteer Coordinator Julie Hess explained: “There are hidden pockets of poverty even in places like Morristown.  Many are the working poor and some even work two jobs but still can’t make ends meet in a high cost-of-living area like this.” 
 
Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:
Lily from Vernon dressed as a pea pod welcoming the volunteers. She's a member of Phi Alpha, a social work honor society at Centenary University in Hackettstown. Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scarlett, 5, and Summerly, 18 months, of Morris Township wait for start of their first Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Waiting for the start of Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Murphy, a 10 month old Bernadoodle - a cross between a poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Walkers moving along at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Walkers, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Having a bite after Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Having a bite after the Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cathy, Jessica, and Gabriel, 7, of Morristown. Gabriel always wears his t- shirts backwards, his mother says. "That's the way he rolls!" Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Corporate sponsors, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A welcome sign, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Personal story of a particular Community Soup Kitchen guest, at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hudson, a 1 year old Labradoodle, at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Goody bags waiting at Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Showing the way: Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A rather scary greeting, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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The Soup Kitchen is on a mission to raise $100,000, and the nonprofit is well on its way to that goal, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors and walkers.
 
“We get a lot of middle and high-schoolers out for this event, and it’s great to see them getting involved,” said Hess. She said more than 1,000 people turned out for Sunday’s Hunger Walk.   
 
Scarlett, 5, and Summerly, 18 months, of Morris Township wait for start of their first Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scarlett, 5, and Summerly, 18 months, of Morris Township, wait for start of their first Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Each walker received a card telling one part of a real story of a guest at the Soup Kitchen. Additional parts were distributed at five locations along the route, to personalize the experience. 

 
A number of four-footed walkers participated as well, and they seemed to enjoy the day even more that their human companions. 
 
After the walk, everyone was invited into the Soup Kitchen for hot soup, snacks, and cookies.  Hunger was not an option.
 
Walkers, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Walkers, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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