A flock of birds landed in the Morristown town hall parking lot on Monday. Frozen, they were nearing the end of their final migration. Destination: Thanksgiving tables across northern New Jersey.
The turkeys — 400 of them–arrived in a big truck from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
In the past, charitable organizations had to venture to the food bank’s Hillside headquarters to fetch these birds. But it was simpler for area charities this time.
“This is convenient. It’s right down the road. It’s been a blessing for us,” said Jon-Erik Randazzo, who left the parking lot with 28 turkeys and 24 chickens for Morristown’s Market Street Mission.
Morristown police and firefighters helped seven organizations, including the Salvation Army’s Morristown chapter, load the bounty into their vans and trucks during a cold drizzle. Mayor Tim Dougherty also lent a hand.
The food bank provided the turkeys at discounted prices.
Some 20,000 donated turkeys and 1,000 roasters will brighten Thanksgiving for 28,000 New Jersey families, said Joanne Grosh of the food bank.
“It still angers me that we have such food insecurities. We’re such a wealthy society,” Grosh said. “Nobody should have to make a choice between medication or food.”
“Stuff like this helps a lot. It makes a huge difference,” said Randazzo. The Market Street Mission anticipates feeding nearly 300 guests on Thanksgiving, he said.
If you would like to help the disadvantaged, ShopRite of Greater Morristown will collect donations of turkeys this Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm.