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.