LUNCH BREAK KICKS OFF “SPRING INTO SUMMER FOODSTOCK-UP 2020” IN MARCH
While families may enjoy occasional time off from work and school during summer, hunger never takes a holiday. In response, Lunch Break, a non-profit organization providing food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to greater Monmouth County, is once again launching its annual “Spring Into Summer FOODSTOCK-UP 2020” food and fund-raiser to help replenish the pantry shelves for families in need over summer vacation.
During the school year, low-income students may receive breakfast, lunch, snacks and weekend meals through their school, but what happens when school closes for summer break? Families depend on Lunch Break and the organization depends on the community.
“Our goal is to reach 150,000 pounds of food and fund donations – donations that help us meet the increased demands for the many children who will otherwise go without lunch when schools are in recess,” says Millie Jeter, Director of Administration. More than 51,000 grocery bags were distributed from the Client Choice pantry in 2019. “And that number is steadily increasing,” Jeter says.
Lunch Break is inviting individuals, families, businesses, clubs, schools and organizations to coordinate a food or toiletry drive and “Stuff the Truck” at their location for delivery to Lunch Break in Red Bank.
“Be creative … host a yard sale or barbecue and collect donations, or sponsor a charity denim day or ‘tally rally’ for friendly competition among co-workers and students — anything goes. Have fun and build camaraderie at your workplace or organization while helping our families at this important time,” Jeter says.
How it works:
- Recruit volunteers
- Select the dates and locations
- Organize the food pickup
- Register your drive if you need community service hours (Lunch Break Food Drive Registration Form is available online at www.lunchbreak.org or by e-mailing Millie Jeter at email@example.com 732-747-8577, Ext. 3102)
- Promote the food drive
- Plan for delivering your donation to Lunch Break
“Whatever or however you choose to organize your drive, we’ll keep each other in check,” Jeter says, referring to Lunch Break’s logistical support in providing food-drive participants with trucks, food collections bins/boxes, flyers, social media advertising, staffing and donation retrievals when necessary. Among the non-perishable food items requested are applesauce, canned beans, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, assorted fruit juices and healthy snacks. For more suggested items go to www.lunchbreak.org.
The fund-raiser, which runs through July 31st, is accepting drop-off food and toiletry items from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at its Red Bank headquarters, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. Also support FOODSTOCK-UP 2020 by shopping online at Lunch Break’s virtual grocery store www.lunchbreak.org/shopwithlove or donate online at www.lunchbreak.org or send a donation to Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Every dollar donated equals 1 pound of food.
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