Morristown’s Table of Hope and founders honored for pandemic charity


On Sunday December 5, 2021, in Morristown, the Rev. Sidney Williams Jr., his wife Teresa williams and the Table of Hope pantry received the Light the World award from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Morristown Stake.

Over the past 18 months, the Williams’ have played a crucial role in helping distribute food to families struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Audience at the Light the World Award in Morristown, December 5, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Morristown Stake of the Mormon Church.

Reverend Williams is the pastor of Morristown’s Bethel Church AME and Teresa is the executive director of Table of hope.

Together, for over nine years, the Reverend Sidney and Teresa Williams have helped establish the Spring Street Community Development Corporation (CDC).

They worked to tackle food insecurity in Morris County with the idea of ​​providing a hot meal, a smile and a place “where hope begins and the community comes together to share.” Several programs have emerged from Spring Street CDC, including Table of Hope.

During the pandemic, Table of Hope mobile pantries were set up in Dover, Parsippany, Morristown and Community College of Morris, along with other pop-up locations.

From January to October 2021, at least 26,575 families were served by mobile pantries operated by Table of Hope. Another 15,674 families in Morristown received hot meals.

Last month, the Williams and Table of Hope also helped organize a Thanksgiving food distribution event at County College of Morris. People received turkey, fresh produce, canned food and dairy for a complete holiday meal.

The Light the World Prize was awarded by William H. Ludlam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Morristown stake president.

William H. Ludlam, President of Morristown
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake presents the Light the World award to Pastor Sidney Williams Jr and Teresa Williams, December 5, 2021. Photo courtesy of the church.

State deputy Aura Dunn (R-25th Dist.) Introduced a state resolution passed in honor of the Williams. Other speakers included Table of Hope 10 year volunteer Emma Kofford, mayor Carolyn Blackman de Dover, Morris County Commissioner John krickus, and sheriff James gannon of Morris County.

A cash donation to the Spring Street CDC and a 2022 Church pledge for other food donations were included in the price.

The Light the World Award was established four years ago as part of an initiative to highlight the enormous community impact in northern New Jersey. It is an initiative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show love and service to others.

Individuals or groups are nominated for the award because they demonstrate community service and help spread light and joy to others. The Light the World Award is presented in conjunction with an annual Community Nativity Exhibition held each December in Morristown.


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