[thealternativepress.com] WEST ORANGE, NJ - As Holy Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated its annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 26, its food pantry founder Alice Hoffman was posthumously honored in a dedication ceremony in Guild Hall, where a plaque will be installed in her honor. In addition, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi issued a Proclamation recognizing Hoffman's dedication to the West Orange community.
Alice Hoffman opened the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry in 2002 with some local families in need of food. The pantry has grown to about 500 members monthly, and approximately 45 percent are children under the age of 18. The pantry has recently seen a surge in people seeking assistance, particularly senior citizens, disabled, and underemployed.
The HT-WO Food Pantry partners with the Community Food Bank in Hillside; receives State and Federal allocations monthly; and also partners with MEND (Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity), a non-denominational offshoot of Catholic Charities. They are also assisted by a supportive and generous West Orange community of businesses and individuals and grant money from the Episcopal Diocese.
Hoffman was dedicated to helping those in need and called the members of the food pantry, "my people." Her own life experiences moved her to provide assistance to others in an atmosphere of hope and empowerment, and the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry is one of the only pantries that provides a 'shopping experience' for its members on a monthly basis.
Mayor Robert Parisi issued a Proclamation in honor of the dedication, which noted that "West Orange lost one of its true unsung heroes," when Hoffman passed away in October, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
For more information on the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry and how you can help, like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityWestOrangeFoodPantry or email Food Pantry Administrator Cynthia Cumming at firstname.lastname@example.org.