Summer of Giving at Moms Club Parsippany East

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Parsippany Food Pantry. Photo by Beth Marks

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The MOMS Club of Parsippany East “Summer of Giving” started with a food drive in June to benefit the Parsippany Food Pantry. The members collected donations through their regular play date events as well as reached out to friend, family and neighbors. Additionally, Food Town of Lake Hiawatha provided a collection site for both members and general public to drop off donations.

The Parsippany Food Pantry serves 35 to 40 families per week with a bag of groceries covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On average they provide 1,800 bags per year, with about 10lbs of food per bag. This is only offered to Parsippany residents meeting specific requirements.  The pantry is always accepting donations, especially in the summer months.  The Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry is located at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or can be reached by calling (973) 263-7163.

Operation backpack. Photo by Beth Marks

Later in July the MOMS Club of Parsippany East reached out to multiple donors, including their own members, to gather school supplies for Operation Backpack. Operation Backpack provides children who are homeless or living shelters with a backpack filled with their back to school needs based on grade.  “A filled backpack relieves parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy to the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them to look and feel more like their classmates.” This year the Parsippany MOMS Club ® East filled 14 backpacks with all the requested supplies and donated to the Montclair chapter. For more information regarding this organization click here.

The MOMS Club of Parsippany East is a non-profit chapter of the International MOMS Club organization. They offer support for Mothers who stay home with their children, including those who have home based businesses or work part-time. We gather frequently for many activities including playgroups, holiday parties, crafts, charity events, Moms night outs and more. For more information regarding MOMS Club of Parsippany East, click here.