One of our clients is a 58-year-old recent widow. After her husband died, she lost her apartment because she couldn’t afford the rent. She is now living in a shed with an extension cord supplying all her electric power. She rations what she eats and often goes to sleep cold and hungry. We referred her to community resources, but it will take time to sort her situation and improve the quality of her life. She is depressed and lonely. Despite the hardships she faces every day she told us that she is grateful to the Pantry for the food and help she has received.
Unfortunately, her story is not unique. Hunger is closer than you think. There are many people like her living in our affluent community. Sometimes we just don’t see the hunger which is right in front of us.
Businesses, individuals and families have been generous to us. As we begin a new year, we are energized by the evidence that we are making a difference and by the overwhelming community support given the Pantry. We are grateful and work hard to use your donations wisely. We value your partnership!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The annual Empty Bowl fundraiser has a new home. After many years of a wonderful relationship with our host, the Flemington United Methodist Church, we’re moving to St. Magdalen Catholic Church for the 22nd annual event on Friday, October 19, 2018.
This move will give us the opportunity to serve you with the same tasty lunch consisting of your choice of a bowl of soup prepared by a local restaurant, a fresh salad, bread, and a homemade dessert, but with hopefully shorter lines and definitely easier parking. And of course, the handmade soup bowl is yours to take home. Tickets are $25 each.
The Empty Bowl is the Pantry’s major fundraising event each year. The Pantry provides groceries and personal care items to approximately 1,200 needy families of Hunterdon County.
This year the soups will be provided by Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Theresa's Cafe, Chive and Thyme Cafe and Catering, Matt's Red Rooster Grill, ShopRite of Flemington Kitchen, Old Croton Bar & Grill, and the Metropolitan Seafood Company.
St. Magdalen’s is located at 105 Mine Street in Flemington, just a short drive from Main Street. Click on "Empty Bowl" above to purchase online tickets.
The Pantry is indebted to the Flemington United Methodist Church for it’s years of service to the Pantry and the Hunterdon County Community.
By Amanda Henderson, SafeChildren.info
Teaching kids about the world is our jobs as parents. We have to tell them about the good and the bad, and we wish we didn’t have to tell them about the latter. But with the bad comes teaching them how they can make the world a better place. Getting involved in charity work is beneficial to everyone, including those who give.
Teaching your children altruism helps improve their mood and behavior, as well as boosts their self-worth. It inspires them with a sense of mission, which can change their outlook on the world. It can help them see the world outside of themselves.
Here are a few tips for getting your family into charity work this year:
1. Get the whole family to work together to find items that can be donated to charity -- from clothes to toys to items of furniture -- so that the kids can understand the need for giving things away, as well as the benefit of decluttering. Encouraging them to let go of some of their beloved toys will also teach them to move on and not hold so tightly to the past. Then take the kids with you when you drop them off so they can see what they’re giving to.
2. Take your kids with you when you give blood. Letting your children see you donating will teach them the importance of giving blood, so when they get older, they’re more likely to give, too. Talk to them about why giving blood is important and discuss organ donation with older kids.
3. Do a fun run. There are so many community events to raise money for various charities, you’re sure to find one that represents your values. You and your kids can train to run a 5k together, which has the added benefits of time spent together and exercise. If that sounds like too much, walk it. Some kids like dressing up in costumes for races, which adds an extra layer of creativity.
4. If your kids are pet lovers, try getting them involved in animal charities, such as animal rescues, shelters or a zoo. Helping with animals teaches them responsibility and understanding, as well as all the work that goes into caring for animals.
5. Join up. When kids are involved in scouting groups or faith-based organizations, they often work on projects to help people in the community. Consider being a leader or volunteer in these groups to encourage more giving projects. Plan visits to nursing homes to sing holiday songs, deliver handmade cards to children’s hospitals or raise money for a school.
6. Encourage savings. If you give an allowance, have your children donate a percentage to charity. You can even allow them to choose the charity that they feel most passionate about. When their charity savings builds, they can watch it grow and understand how money increases over time. Kids also will see how little amounts of money when combined with other donations will make a big difference.
Showing kids the value of empathy is important for all parts of their lives. They’ll grow up with a better sense of caring for others.
The Flemington Aread Food Pantry family is saddened to report the passing of Bob Bainbridge, our beloved bookkeeper and previous Hunterdon County employee. There are few that were nicer, kinder or more classy. And he was definitely the best dressed. We will miss him tremendously. RIP, Bob. Our thoughts and prayers for Daphne and the family.
Below is the obituary from Johnson-Walton Funeral Home in Milford, NJ:
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Robert L. Bainbridge, 75, of Franklin Township, NJ, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, NJ.
Born August 12, 1942 in Yonkers, NY, Rob lived in Staten Island, NY and River Vale, NJ before moving to Franklin Township in 1979. He graduated from Wagner College with a BS in Chemistry. Rob was a man of many abilities. He first worked for Church & Dwight and was the face of Valley Florist for 12 years. Rob also worked for Myhre Construction in Frenchtown NJ. Most recently he worked for Hunterdon County in the Office of Buildings and Maintenance and volunteered at the Flemington Area Food Pantry as bookkeeper. Rob was respected and loved by those who knew him. He was devoted to his family and his many friends. Rob enjoyed working around his house and mowing his lawn on his favorite over-sized tractor.
Son of the late John and Helen (Silsby) Bainbridge Rob is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Daphne (Frazee) Bainbridge, his two daughters Cynthia Bainbridge-Mullis of Wausau WI and Pamela Berezny and her husband Mark of Baptistown, NJ, his two brothers John Bainbridge and Bruce Bainbridge, and his four grandchildren Miranda, Elizabeth, Antonea, and Erin.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, the Frenchtown Lions Club, PO Box 142, Frenchtown, NJ 08825, or the Flemington Area Food Pantry, PO Box 783, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Each year at the holiday season the Pantry provides clients with the fixins' for a special holiday meal. This year, the financial advisers at Walkers & Associates of Flemington decided to help. And help they did--in a BIG way. Saturday, they delivered 3.2 tons of food in 481 holiday bags.
The staff at Walkers & Associates has been collecting food for more than a month, and this massive donation is the culmination of that effort.
Not only did Walker collect and donate the grocery items, they also sorted and bagged it for Pantry volunteers to distribute to clients when they come to the Pantry for their regular provisions. And if you're wondering what impact this has, the Pantry distributes approximately 500 Thanksgiving meals each year. Thanks to Walker & Associates, all our volunteers will need to do is add a turkey and a few other items to the bags and wish our clients a Happy Thanksgiving.
THANK YOU WALKER AND ASSOCIATES!
If you would like to help, IF you shop at the Flemington ShopRite, and qualify for a free turkey, tell your cashier you would like to donate your turkey or other free holiday item to the Flemington Area Food Pantry. That's all you have to do. No need to lug a frozen turkey to your car. The donated items will be delivered to the Pantry in time for the holiday.
We love visitors .... but here's an inside look for those who can't visit first hand. Nice use of a drone. Thanks, @UpAbove Aerial Imaging!
On Friday, July 14, Base Camp 31 Athletic Club on Rt. 31 in Lebanon held an unusual food drive for the Pantry. Base Camp 31’s Eric Eisenhart promised to do 5 reps of push-ups, pull-ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, etc. for each item of donated food. Donations are especially important in the summer, when kids are home from school and can’t participate in school lunch programs. Summer hunger in Hunterdon County is real.
Our older Food Pantry Volunteers are incredible role models having accomplished so much to make the world a better place. Such is true with retired dentist Bill Testa, Team Leader on Thursday and Saturday. He is an inspiration to all and we are honored that he devotes his time to the Food Pantry. Read the NJ.com article below about his Memorial Day speech at Delaware Valley Regional High School.
"Vietnam was a snap compared to being a teenager," former Marine Corps sergeant Bill Testa told the assembled student body of Delaware Valley High School.
He was the keynote speaker at Delaware Valley High School's Memorial Day assembly on Thursday, May 25, honoring veterans and remembering the military men and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
To bring home the meaning of Memorial Day, Dr. Testa told the students of the bravery and determination of the troops who fought and died on the beaches of Normandy during World War II.
But his primary message was that no matter how difficult adolescence can be, students should not give up. He shared pivotal moments from his own life - the first time he saw a Marine in uniform, the day he joined the Corps, the day at Da Nang Air Base when one of the Vietnamese workers died of a toothache, the day he decided to become a dentist, and the day he met his wife. Bill and Carol Testa went on to have two sons while he practiced dentistry in Pittstown. Now retired, Dr. Testa expressed satisfaction with how his life had played out.
In closing he advised students to "choose wisely and be careful" so they, too, can enjoy the wonderful lives that await them.
The program in the Hutchins gym was also attended by about 30 guests of honor - veterans, plus one soldier in uniform. Patriotic and military songs were rendered by the chorus and the band, and the Renegade Drumline gave a rousing sample of this year's show.
The Board of Directors of the Flemington Area Food Pantry has appointed Jeannine Gorman to serve as the Pantry’s Executive Director. Gorman brings to the Pantry a wealth of experience in the non-profit arena including marketing, information systems, and finance.
As Executive Director, Gorman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Pantry such as client services, community outreach, volunteer management, and food acquisition.
Her previous experience includes Legislative Aide to Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Executive Director of the Hunterdon County Bar Association, and several management positions with Johnson & Johnson.
Gorman said: ”The mission of the Flemington Area Food Pantry is to ‘Feed the Hungry With Respect & Compassion’ and I am amazed by the dedication and commitment of the close to 200 volunteers to accomplish just that. Our clients are welcomed with open arms.”
Gorman succeeds Gary White as the Pantry’s Executive Director. White remains committed to the Pantry and will assume the position of Director of Food Distribution.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides, at no cost, supplemental grocery items to approximately 1,300 qualified low income Hunterdon County families. Clients come to the Pantry twice each month to receive items such as fruits & vegetables, bread & rolls, milk, eggs, meat, canned goods, and personal care products. All of the items given to Pantry clients are donated to the Pantry or purchased with monetary donations and distributed by Pantry volunteers.
For information on receiving food from the Pantry, donating food or funds, or volunteering at the Pantry, please visit www.flemingtonfoodpantry.org or call (908) 788-5568.
The Pantry thanks the Painted Oak Nursery School in Pennington for its recent food drive. The whole school, around 40 children, were offered the opportunity to donate from a list of items including cake mix, icing, candles, napkins, balloons, small toys, and handmade cards, which were collected in the school's main drop-off area.
Children and families who chose to participate on the day of Painted Oak's community service event helped decorate birthday bags for Pantry clients, and then filled them with all of the materials to provide a birthday in a bag, which were delivered to the Pantry.
The Flemington Area food Pantry thanks 11 year old Mateo Hollain of Readington for his ongoing support of the Pantry and other local charitable organizations.
Young Mateo has organized numerous successful creative food drives for the Pantry. Click here to visit Mateo's website and to learn more about this terrific young man's efforts to help others.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Frances R. Krieg, one of the original volunteers at the Flemington Area Food Pantry. She was 83.
Fran had been a team leader and was instrumental in establishing the Pantry’s evening hours. She volunteered with the Thursday team as well as the “First Friday” team (our monthly delivery from the NORWESCAP food bank).
Below is the obituary from Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington:
Frances R. Krieg, age 83 years, of Reaville, NJ (Raritan Township), died Friday, January 6, 2017, in the Hunterdon Medical Center, Raritan Township, NJ.
Born June 19, 1933, daughter of the late Alfred and M. Margaret Voorhees Rogers, she had resided in Reaville, NJ, for sixty years.
Fran was a 1951 graduate of Somerville High School and for many years was the bookkeeper for Krieg Electric, Reaville, NJ. She also was formerly employed at CVS Pharmacy, Route 31, Flemington, NJ.
Fran was a longtime volunteer at the Flemington Food Pantry and was a former member of the Soroptimist Club of Hunterdon County.
Her husband, William E. Krieg, died in 2013; a daughter, Wendy Miller, died in 1995; a sister, Joan Herder, died in 1980 and a brother, Alfred Rogers, died in 2005.
Surviving are a daughter, Joni Krieg of Flemington, NJ; a son, William Krieg, Jr. of Seaford, DE.; and four grandchildren, Michele Miller, Amie Walsh, Hannah White and Rachel Krieg.
Graveside services will be private on Friday in Harbourton Cemetery, Harbourton, NJ. Calling hours will be Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:00-9:00 PM in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to Business and Education Alliance, PO Box 231, Flemington, NJ 08822.
This Thanksgiving the Pantry is thankful for a generous food donation from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges. 350 bags of groceries were delivered to the Pantry in time for distribution as part of the holiday meal package given to our client families. Parishioners from the church helped Pantry volunteers sort and shelve this massive quantity of food collected before Mass at the church. Thank you to all who participated.
This holiday season will be very special for Pantry families. Knitters Unite!, a group at the Hunterdon County Library, has donated three cartons of hand-knitted hats, scarves and other comfy items to be given to our clients. Perfect for the winter, this knitware was made by group members and volunteers and is sized for adults and children.
Thank you Knitters Unite! for your generous contribution.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry is indebted to the Hunterdon/Somerset Association of Realtors for its extremely successful food drive Saturday, October 8, 2016. The Pantry received 1,002 bags for a total of 5,390 lbs. of groceries in this year’s annual event. The drive also collected $1,740 in cash donations for the Pantry.
The chairperson for the drive in Hunterdon County was Laura Millen of Coldwell Banker.
Volunteers from the Association collected donations of non-perishable food items and personal care products from shoppers at ShopRite of Flemington and Clinton and the Bishops Market, Kings Market and WalMart in Whitehouse.
Association volunteers also delivered the donated items to the Pantry where a group of teachers and staff from Whiton Elementary School in Branchburg helped Pantry volunteers with sorting and shelving.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry thanks all of those who helped make this event a success, certainly including the generous folks who donated groceries and cash to the Pantry.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides supplemental groceries at no cost to about 1,300 needy Hunterdon County Families.