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Updated: South Orange Food Pantry is Empty, Rent Party Makes an Offer

Our Lady of Sorrows needs donated food to distribute

Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry may not have anything to distribute on Saturday.  Chris Dickson, speaking for Rent Party has stepped in: he announced on Thurday that donations made here, or at www.rentpartylive.com, will be matched

Normally, the busy food pantry distributes bags of groceries and household supplies such as toilet paper. A line of recipients often reached out of the church and along the walkway. Now, however, the pantry's shelves are bare.

On Thursday, a sign on the door read, "Please Donate. The pantry is empty -- please help us restock the shelves. Thank you."

Each week about 100 families are provided with food; volunteers spend the previous week packing brown paper grocery bags with cereal, a roll of paper towels or toilet paper, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, pasta, soup, canned vegetables, tuna, spam, peanut butter and jelly, and rice. Each family receives a bag and usually some extra items, as well.

"We like to give personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant," explains volunteer Mary G.

OLS parishioners are regular contributors to the Food Pantry, but they also receive contributions of food and money from community groups including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Elks, the CYO basketball teams, the Kiwanis of Maplewood, and the OLS Youth group. In addition, the monthly Rent Party funds both the OLS and St. Joseph's food pantries.

Locals are welcome to drop off donations of food or money at Our Lady of Sorrows,  217 Prospect St., So. Orange, NJ 07079. To drop off food conveniently, park in the lot and enter the Fourth Street door of the church (near a statue of Mary). Once inside, turn left. The pantry is ahead of you.

Non-perishable foods are best. Volunteers say that warehouse-sized cans and boxes are not as useful as smaller sizes. In addition, cans that do NOT require a can opener are best.

Chris Dickson October 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hey, tell you what we're doing to do ... We will match every donation made via our website today, up to $500 in donations! You make a $5 donation and that's $10 to the OLS food pantry ...We've collected $225 thus far ... www.rentpartylive.com
Chris Dickson October 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
We are pleased to announce that Rent Party Pantry has collected $505 via our website ... And we're going to match every single dollar of that, so the OLS Food Pantry will get a check this morning for $1,010! Good work Maplewood/South Orange! We take care of our own ... You can still make donations via our website ... If you want the donation to go specifically to OLS, please put that in the "memo" section ... www.rentpartylive.com
Danielle Friedland October 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I plan to drop off a bag of food today.
MH Martin October 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Where can I send check for $100. Or can I drop off at church today. MH Martin
Clive October 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Please give all you can as often as you can and do take advantage of the doubling offer if you are donating cash. Remember while we can go for seconds - some are contemplating their first meal.

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