MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Board of Freeholders has proclaimed November 23 as Turkey Trot Day in Morris County, to highlight an annual fun, family event and the nonprofit beneficiaries of the event: the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.
The 11th annual Turkey Trot in Morris Township will be held on Thanksgiving morning, starting and finishing at Ginty Field, just a short drive from the Morristown Green.
It is open to residents from throughout Morris County, and their visiting family and friends.
“This is a great family morning of activities and entertainment for people of all ages and abilities, which draws thousands of people from throughout the county to a Thanksgiving Day tradition,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
“Even more important, this event helps raise funds for community-based food distribution and adult learning,’’ he added.
The proclamation was presented to Rosemary Gilmartin and Carolyn Lake, the director and associate director of the Food Pantry, and to Debbie Leon, executive director of the Literacy Volunteers, at the county governing board’s Nov. 8 meeting in Morristown.
The 2017 Turkey Trot is a day of activities and entertainment for individuals and families of all ages and abilities that features a UATF-certified 5K race, a one-mile Fun Walk/Run and Kids’ Trot, and which draws thousands of people to the area to help raise funds for community-based food distribution and adult learning.
Proceeds from the Turkey Trot are shared between the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County to benefit many Morris County residents.
Interfaith Food Pantry, since its inception in 1994, has provided thousands of pounds of food and groceries to Morris County’s residents in need — currently serving 2,000 households monthly — and hours of nutrition education and counseling. For more information please click here.
Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, through its committed tutors, has provided to hundreds of adults free-of-cost learning and assistance in the areas of English as a Second Language, reading, basic math skills, GED and citizenship. For more information please click here.
To sign up for the Turkey Trot click here.