Virtual Pumpkin Patch Raises $7,840 to Fight Hunger and Need in New Jersey

2020 Virtual Pumpkin Patch success

Submitted by The Rev. Tom Brown, Associate Pastor, The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township

The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township extends our sincere thanks to the greater Chatham community for its support of our 2020 Virtual Pumpkin Patch.

Though we were not able to sell pumpkins on our lawn this October as we had the previous 13 years, we’re delighted to announce that through its generosity the community contributed $7,840 to help fight hunger and need in New Jersey. Because food insecurity has become so urgent during this pandemic, our congregation provided additional funds to raise the total to $9,000. This equals the amount raised last year, with two local non-profit organizations each receiving $4,500. They are:

Nourish.NJ in Morristown (formerly known as The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center), which creates lasting solutions to the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty. It offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year, free of charge, no questions asked.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, which is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. It engages, educates and empowers all sectors of society to assist those in need.

Our congregation was uplifted to see many Virtual Pumpkin Patch signs on the lawns of caring contributors who helped “empty the patch and fill plates.” We are deeply grateful to the Chatham community for partnering with us to provide food and hope to those who are most vulnerable in this challenging year.