The Food Bank Of Monmouth And Ocean Counties
Rating: 5 stars 2 2 reviews
Disaster Aid, Job Training, Food
3300 Route 66 Neptune NJ 07753 USA
Our mission is to provide food for as many people in need as possible. To fulfill our mission, the FoodBank solicits, collects, stores and distributes over 5 million of pounds of donated and surplus, perishable and nonperishable food annually to more than 260 area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other feeding programs. These agencies provide the food directly to children, elderly, working poor adults and families in crisis in their neighborhoods. This food helps low income families remain as self-sufficient as possible by allowling them to use their limited resources to pay for other basic needs, such as housing, medical bills, child care costs or transportation to and from work, while still being able to put food on the family table. In addition, the FoodBank addresses the root causes of hunger by providing Culinary Job Skills Training for people in need of better paid jobs through its onsite kitchen, which also prepares hot meals for at risk children at a local after school program (a Kids Cafe). The Backpack Program provides food for the weekend to chronically hungry children at local schools. Our Mobile Pantry program, in partnership with the Salvation Army, provides emergency food to people living in areas that are not served by pantries. The Food Stamp (now called SNAP) Outreach program provides eligibility information and application assistance to families eligible for this important national food assistance program. The FoodBank welcomes community partners and volunteers from businesses, schools, civic organizations as well as individuals to help in all aspects of FoodBank operations.
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Our children of the Keansburg Schools have been the beneficiaries of the generosity of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties "BackPack Program" since May 2008. Through the food distribution program, children have received weekly backpacks of food that carry them through the weekend, thus ensuring that they have nutritious food when not in school. Some of our families are struggling to make ends meet and repeatedly share with us that this weekly gift of food for their children is invaluable. Our school team works to identify children that could benefit from the program and we have grown from 30 backpacks distributed to almost 60!. It indicates the growing need for us to work closely with families to support them in their time of need. Greatful thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County! They quietly do good works daily. Please support them!
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I have worked extensively with the Foodbank, submitted monthly reports and grown the distribution list twicefold. Our staff is diligent identifying and contacting families to verify their need for the weekly food distribution plan.
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Nothing! They are both kind and professional people to work with! Our HS teens are interested in holding another food drive in recognition of the good work done by them for those less fortunate.