Morris County Municipal Action to Curb Hunger (M.c.M.A.T.C.H.)
Municipal Officials: The 2013 contest ran from September 1 thru September 30. Congratulations to all our participants! The total food collected was 35,175 pounds!
Did you know that nearly one third of Morris County residents live on incomes that fall below the level of self-sufficiency? Despite being ranked as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, hunger and food insecurity remain as prevalent as ever.
Despite being ranked as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, hunger and food insecurity remain as prevalent in Morris County as ever. In fact thousands of people in our neighborhoods quietly struggle with having enough food for themselves and their families. At the Interfaith Food Pantry, which serves all of Morris County, 5,000 Morris County residents sought help in the first five months of 2013. The IFP has distributed more than 349,000 pounds of food to date, which comes out to a staggering 1.7 tons of food per day.
Last September, in recognition of “Hunger Awareness Month”, the Morris County Department of Human Services, along with our partners at the County Youth Shelter, the Interfaith Food Pantry, Curbing Hunger, the Volunteer Management Center and You Give Goods launched M.c.M.A.T.C.H. The initiative is designed to help municipalities address emergency and supplemental food needs while engaging in a friendly competition with their neighbors to see who can collect the most food. It was a huge success, raising nearly 25,000 pounds of food for area food pantries.
Municipalities can promote M.c.M.A.T.C.H. to constituents using these editable posters: