About The Outing
Every year since 2011, we have hosted The Simon Quick Annual Charitable Golf Outing to raise funds for charitable organizations in the Morris County area. Last year we made the tough decision to shift to an online fundraiser. However, we are excited to announce that this year the event will be in-person at Plainfield Country Club, which will follow all COVID safety protocols as defined by the state and the club. The outing will support nourish.NJ, a community based nonprofit organization creating lasting solutions to hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the Morris Country area.
nourish.NJ, previously known as The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, is a community based nonprofit organization creating lasting solutions to hunger, homelessness and poverty. They offer food, housing services, work readiness programs, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked. They choose NOT to apply for Government funding as that would limit their ability to provide a barrier and stigma free place for individuals to come and get the help they desperately need. As a self-funded, 501 C (3), they are not subject to government guidelines, reporting requirements, application restrictions or quotas. Their model is based on building relationships that encourage change, provide support & connect guests to the services that will help them become self-sufficient. Anyone is welcome regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, financial qualifications, or religious beliefs.
nourish.NJ staff outside their new location at 36 Sussex Avenue in Morristown
nourish.NJ opened December 1, 1984 as the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center. In 36 years they have never missed a day of opening their doors for their guests. While food will always be at the heart of what they do, it was time for their name to reflect the broader scope of the good work they do together in the community. On October 20, 2019, the unveiled their new name: The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center is now known as Nourish.NJ.
nourish.NJ started serving pre-package to-go meals during COVID
36 years ago they were strictly an emergency food provider. They have grown into a multi-service organization dedicated to ending food insecurity, poverty and homelessness in the community. Food is the starting point of their engagement with communities they serve, but their work now goes much further. 365 days a year they serve breakfast & lunch to 200-250 people & 6 weekly free farmer's markets for families to take fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats home to prepare. Healthy food is essential to prevent chronic diseases, but it is expensive & out of reach for most people living in poverty. nourish.NJ's programs seek to lessen this health disparity by providing access to nutritious food to a population of individuals, parents & children, that otherwise would not have access. From the relationships they form with their guests, their outreach staff work one on one to ensure the guests receive whatever medical, social, educational, housing and/or employment assistance they need.
nourish.NJ team members distributing produce at the market
nourish.NJ's guests come from diverse backgrounds and situations. 10% are currently homeless, living on the streets or in shelters. The remaining 90% are working poor families, elderly on fixed incomes, students struggling to stay in school and individuals with disabilities. They begin individually with guests and provide services based on their current situation, needs & abilities, with the goal of helping people become self-sufficient. 95% of guests engage in these additional services.
nourish.NJ volunteers unloading donated food from local restaurants
No one could ever have imagined a challenge like the one facing us all right now. But they made a promise to always meet the needs of their guests, and they are keeping that commitment. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 virus, nourish.NJ has altered their services but not stopped us from helping many vulnerable people that face new hardships. Vowing to make sure guests still have food, they quickly shifted from sit-down meals to providing free bagged lunches for anyone who needs them, along with providing canned goods and other non-perishables. They have done it in compliance with rapidly-changing restrictions and limitations, and even if their doors can't be opened as usual, their hearts are open.
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