Pastor appeals for help to keep Morristown’s Table of Hope soup kitchen open for summer

The Table of Hope serves the community on weeknights from 5:30 to 7:15 pm. Photo: SpringStreetCDC.org
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It’s barbecue season, when backyards are filled with aromas of hot dogs and hamburgers.

But for some in Greater Morristown, the living’s not so easy in summertime. Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of the Bethel A.M.E. Church is asking for help to keep the Table of Hope soup kitchen open.

Congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill (in red) with Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. and volunters at the Table of Hope soup kitchen at Morristown's Bethel A.M.E. Church, Aug. 22, 2018. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill (in red) with Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. and volunters at the Table of Hope soup kitchen at Morristown’s Bethel A.M.E. Church, Aug. 22, 2018. Photo by Bill Lescohier

“We have some exciting things planned for the youth in our community this summer, and it is our goal to keep the Table of Hope open during July and August,” Williams said.

The Spring Street Community Development Corporation, the nonprofit that runs the soup kitchen in the church basement, is proceeding with plans for its annual Beefsteak fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 26, 2019, at the Birchwood Manor.

But the dog days of summer remain a challenge, Williams said.

“We still need to raise $10,000 to pay our camp counselors and kitchen staff,” the minister said. “If we are unable to raise the funds we need, then we will have no choice but to close the Table of Hope for the summer months.”

Table of Hope, which serves meals on weeknights, has faced closure several times since its inception in 2013. The public’s generosity has saved the day each time.

Williams asked those wishing to help to visit the Spring Street website or call (973) 998-9330.

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