Lunch Break Kicks Off 2023 Back To School Drive

Support A Child’s Education With School Supplies

Lunch Break, 121 Drs James Parker Blvd., is once again sponsoring its annual Back to School Drive benefiting hundreds of financially insecure schoolchildren and their families who rely on the social service resource center for life’s basic necessities — including school supplies — through Aug.1st, 2023.

Each year during the annual Community Picnic at Count Basie Field in Red Bank, upwards of 800 backpacks containing school supplies are distributed to families without the financial means to adequately prepare their children for the upcoming school term. This year’s Community Picnic will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19th at Count Basie Field and will feature picnic fare and some healthy options in accordance with Lunch Break’s Nutrition Initiative “Healthy Together,” games for all ages, and the annual softball championship. The picnic is open to community members free of charge.

Having the proper resources for learning helps to boost a child’s self-esteem.

Having the required school supplies not only helps to raise a child’s self-esteem, it equips them with the tools necessary for a successful learning experience.

Those who would like to donate backpacks and school supplies, including pens and pencils, looseleaf binders and paper, erasers, pencil cases, and highlighters, among other traditional items, may do so from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Lunch Break Warehouse, 968 Shrewsbury Ave., Unit 5, Shrewsbury. For more information, please e-mail

Backpack Giveaway at Count Basie Field in Red Bank.

“We are grateful to our generous community for helping us to prepare our children for a successful school year. Every child, no matter his or her family’s financial situation, deserves a chance to succeed. These necessary supplies are among the ways we can motivate our youth to engage in the learning experience,” says Executive Director Gwendolyn Love.

Lunch Break is a registered 501© 3 nonprofit. The resource center freely provides food, clothing, social services, housing solutions, fellowship and life skills to those struggling with financial insecurity as a path to well-being and self-sufficiency.

For updates, follow Lunch Break on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. #whywebreak #givelocal.

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