Every year, LTYM selects a local charity to receive a portion of our ticket sales. Given that our show is all about motherhood, we make a point of identifying charities that support mothers and families in our area. Your support of Listen To Your Mother will also support the fight against food-insecurity in New Jersey. A percentage of our ticket sales will go to the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. You’ll hear from a member of the organization at each performance, but we’ve attached their message here in the meantime.
The Interfaith Food Pantry (https://www.orangesfoodpantry.org/) provides supplemental and emergency food to residents in need of Orange and East Orange. IFPO’s mission is to help meet essential human needs of food-insecure residents of Orange and East Orange, NJ with dignity and grace. The goal is to reduce hunger in Orange and East Orange and to fight hunger in New Jersey.
The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, Inc. (IFPO) is a collaboration among 4 four faith-based congregations in Essex County: Congregation Beth El, Christ Church Short Hills, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, operating out of the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church in Orange.
We are not the primary source of food for people but provide additional and emergency food and other necessities such as toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and diapers to those in need. Since moving to our current location in Orange, our client population has grown significantly, and we now routinely serve almost 300 individuals and families per week. During the holidays, the number of people requesting assistance increases dramatically. We receive limited state funding. We are supported by food donations, food drives, and monetary donations from our member congregations, businesses and private individuals as well as schools, clubs, teams and other organizations.
Our clients include single men, women, veterans, senior citizens, families with young children, new immigrants to this country, single parents, people with disabilities and individuals who are employed but do not make sufficient income to meet their basic food needs. Even if a person does not have a referral letter or other proof of need, we do our best to make sure no one goes hungry.
In the summer of 2016, we launched client choice at our food pantry. This new program allows clients to select their own food, instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries. This means clients do not receive food they already have, do not like, or cannot eat for health or personal reasons. Enabling clients to choose their own groceries within food groups provides a dignified shopping experience and empowers them to make healthy and balanced food choices. Our clients are so grateful to be able to choose what they most need for their families.
Food donations can be dropped off at any member congregation or at the Food food Pantry pantry during operating hours. Financial contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 341, Short Hills, NJ 07078. The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges is an all-volunteer, is a 501(c)(3) charity. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.