Attached is a photo taken of several volunteers from the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges during the 8th Annual Essex County Walk to Fight Hunger which took place in Newark on Friday, May 6. Pictured, from left to right are:
Hope Lampe, formerly of Short Hills, currently of Chatham representing Christ Church of Short Hills; Cyndy Wyatt and Janet Schwamm, of Short Hills, representing Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel of South Orange; Sarah MacNamara of Maplewood, Gail Roth of South Orange and Janet Fine of Maplewood, representing Congregation Beth-El of South Orange and Susan Norflus of Short Hills, representing Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel of South Orange. These organizations, along with Congregation B’nai Jeshrun of Short Hills, alternate staffing the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, which takes place once per week at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Orange.
The Walk attracted 220 walkers and was intended to raise awareness of hunger in Essex County, as well as to raise funds to help fight hunger. It was sponsored by Catholic Charities and MEND – Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity (www.mendnj.org). The walkers gathered in Washington Park in Newark on a beautiful spring day and listened to a band and speakers including Mayor Jerry Fried of Montclair and Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. of Orange. The walkers then proceeded along the sidewalks of Broad Street during the business day chanting “Help us Feed, Kids in Need, One in Six are Hungry”. We walked to the Federal Building on Walnut Street (just over a mile) and heard an inspirational speech by a representative of the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition, who talked about SNAP, our Federal Food Stamp program, and warned us that that the House of Representatives has proposed restructuring the SNAP program, which would dramatically reduce the number of eligible families who could take advantage of the program. She urged us to contact our Senators and our representatives in the House to let them know that changing SNAP benefits would be devastating to those who need it most. Anyone who would like more information about the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges or who want to make a donation of money or food can contact Janet Schwamm at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Stein at email@example.com . For more information about the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition, please visit http://www.njahc.org .