The Kinnelon Food Pantry, formerly housed at St. Davidís, is now
located at the Kinnelon Municipal Building, and overseen by the Board of Public
Assistance. However, St. Davidís parishioners, long-time contributors to the
pantry, continue to make weekly deposits of food, toiletry and cleaning supplies
as part of their on-going Outreach. Grocery Certificates are also purchased and
donated on a regular basis. When special needs are brought to our attention,
such as winter jackets, or medical supplies, those too are donated through the
generosity of spirit always at the ready at St. Davidís.
There are many people
at risk of going hungry. Hunger touches people of every age, race, ethnic group
and neighborhood. In some families, hunger occurs when a sudden emergency or
crisis hits, but for most low-income people, hunger has become a long-term
condition of poverty.
Among the vast majority of hungry people who live in our community, hunger is a
hidden problem. It strikes individuals and families with children, as well as
the elderly poor. Many of the people who need food assistance have full- or
part-time jobs. But with the cost of living, a full-time job does not guarantee
that a family will be able to make ends meet. Low-income people are constantly
making difficult choices between food, health care and rent; food is often the
first thing to go. Support from the community is vital.