Parsippany Teachers Raise over $1,400 in Food Pantry Donations

Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano (right) and Food Pantry Director Michele Picone accept the donation from PTHEA Vice President Jay Duhl

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany school teachers have once again united to lend a hand to local residents in need during this time of holiday joy.   Educators in all 14 Parsippany-Troy Hills public schools have reached into their pockets to contribute to the annual food bank drive since late September, hoping to make this a plentiful and festive season for more Parsippany residents.

Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano and Food Pantry Director Michele Picone accepted the $1,414.47 donation at Town Hall.  This marks the sixth consecutive year that the PTHEA has spearheaded the drive, for a total of nearly $10,000.

The collection comes at a time when teachers in town are facing difficult financial times, having worked without a contract for the last six months.  Nonetheless, says PTHEA President Joe Kyle, “We recognize our responsibility as a collective member of this community to help our neighbors, our parents, and our students who may be in need of assistance.”   Kyle went on to say, “Our members have been very generous over the years and we are proud to have built a lasting relationship with the Parsippany community.  We wish that we could have raised as much as in previous years, but unfortunately we are all dealing with difficult financial times and we don’t see it improving any time soon.”

The Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry collects and distributes food items for residents in need on an ongoing basis. Donations may be made in person or by calling (973) 263-7163.