By Tyler Barth
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy joined Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) and other area officials, clergy members and volunteers Tuesday at the County College of Morris to distribute food to needy families.
The event was conceived by CCM President Anthony Iacono. The Table of Hope, a Morristown-based food pantry, hopped aboard. Soon thereafter, organizers received word that the First Lady wanted to help.
“We got a call from the governor’s office saying they wanted to come out along with the Table of Hope,” said Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of the Bethel AME Church of Morristown.
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy addresses volunteers at food distribution, CCM, June 23, 2020. Video by Tyler Barth for MorristownGreen.com:
Speakers included Sherrill, state Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25th Dist.), Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and the minister and his wife, Teresa.
Also present were Randolph Mayor Christine Carey and Township Manager Stephen Mountain, and CCM Student Government President Jenna Curran.
According to Morris Freeholder John Krickus, the county leads the state in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
First Lady Murphy thanked the community for being so welcoming.
“No one’s looking at anyone else and wondering, why are you here?” Murphy said. “That’s one of the best things about Morris County.”
After the speeches, Murphy, Bucco, CCM students and other volunteers got to work loading 600 meals’ worth of food into the cars of arriving residents. All food was provided by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, of which Table of Hope is a partner.
“We’ve got these families in the food lines who often saved,” said Carlos Rodriguez of the food bank. “They had the savings. After that first month’s rent, second month’s rent, they’re on the food lines.”
These 600 meals were just some of the two tons worth of food Table of Hope has provided in the last two months. Food was provided for nearly two hours on Tuesday.
Event sponsors and providers included the CCM, the Randolph Township Council, Valley Bank, and Alstede Farms.
This event replaced COVID-19 testing, which has been conducted at CCM since late March. Testing resumed Wednesday, but will be ending after Friday, June 26, 2020.