Thanksgiving Donations Needed in the Midst of Increased Demand

(above) Interfaith Food Pantry Network clients lined up to pick up fresh produce at a recent Thanksgiving basket distribution event. The Pantry expects to distribute more than 2,000 complete Thanksgiving baskets this year.

Thanksgiving Donations Needed

Interfaith Food Pantry Network

The Interfaith Food Pantry Network (IFPN) is launching its Thanksgiving Holiday Program early this year due to anticipated increased demand for turkeys and all the trimmings. A surge in the number of food insecure families they are regularly serving has the IFPN bracing for a record number of Thanksgiving food basket requests from IFPN clients, as well as from numerous other Morris County social service agencies they supply. 

They are asking the public for food donations to help them distribute over 2,000 turkeys and all the trimmings, including fresh produce. “We are seeing a significant number of new families requesting turkeys and holiday baskets this year, as are some of our community partners,” said Carolyn Lake, Executive Director. “We greatly appreciate the support of the public in helping us ensure all Morris County families can have a Happy Thanksgiving.” 

Turkeys can be dropped off at the IFPN, 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains, Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays by prior arrangement. Turkeys can also be dropped off on Wednesday evenings November 10 and 17 until 7:45 p.m. 

If you would like to sponsor a turkey/food drive, please contact Val Schuszler, Food Drive Coordinator, at 973-538-8049 x215. Additional information can be found at

The Interfaith Food Pantry Network (IFPN) is the largest and most relied upon resource for emergency and supplemental food among Morris County residents in need. In 2020, the IFPN distributed 1.5 million pounds of food during more than 27,000 household visits to their food pantries and Mobile Network Partners, or the equivalent of 1.4 million meals to 86,000 people. For more information, visit To donate, text ‘Hunger’ to 26-989. If you could benefit from IFPN’s assistance, please call 973-538-8049, ext. 210.

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