Updated May 11, 2020: Due to the extreme generosity of many Randolph residents and volunteer organizations, the Randolph Food Pantry is presently fully stocked. Cash donations and gift cards are still being accepted, but it is requested that food donations temporarily be redirected to other agencies in the community that are in need.
The Randolph Food Pantry has limited capacity, and while it has served our community for many years, it has always been intended to supplement efforts of other, larger food distribution organizations in the area.
At this time, those interested in making a donation are still encouraged to call the Randolph Township Community Services Department at 973.989.7084. Staff will be available to process the donation or to provide guidance on contacting other local food pantries such as the Interfaith Food Pantry located in Morris Plains.
The situation is evolving daily and this notice will be updated as needs change.
The Randolph Township Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department operates a food pantry throughout the year for township families and individuals who are in need. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are anticipating increased needs in the coming weeks and months.
For those who are able to donate, some of the items frequently requested include, but are not limited to, the following (only non-perishables please and also be sure to check expiration dates):
- Any kind of cereal and breakfast items
- Canned fish and meats
- Canned peas, green beans, kidney and wax beans
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Boxed mashed potatoes and canned potatoes
- Canned fruit and apple sauce
- Powdered milk
The pantry can also always use paper towel, toilet paper, dish detergent and bags to transport the deliverables to the families in need.
To meet the need created by the current crisis, the pantry is also accepting financial donations as well as store gift cards that will be used by township staff to purchase perishable items which would not normally be available in our pantry.
There is a donation bin in the foyer of the community center at 30 Calais Road. This bin is for food and grocery items, not financial contributions or gift cards. Donations should only be left during office hours, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Residents needing to drop off donations after office hours should call community services at 973.989.7084 to coordinate the drop off. Residents seeking to make financial contributions to the pantry should also call community services during office hours.
Residents requiring food assistance are encouraged to call 973.989.7084 during the hours listed above. A staff member will provide a checklist of available items from our pantry. Requested items will be bagged and available on a scheduled basis for those in need to either pick up from the community center or to have delivered by a volunteer.
Se recomienda a los residentes que requieran asistencia alimentaria que llamen al 973.989.7084, de 8:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Un miembro del personal proporcionará una lista de artículos disponibles de nuestra despensa. Los artículos solicitados se guardarán en bolsas y estarán disponibles de forma programada para aquellos que necesiten recogerlos en el centro comunitario o ser entregados por un voluntario.