Lunch Break Relaunches Foodstock-Up 2020

LUNCH BREAK RELAUNCHES FOODSTOCK-UP 2020 FOR OPERATION GEAR-UP

Hunger doesn’t social distance. In response to an increase in demand for food during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lunch Break, a non-profit organization providing food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to greater Monmouth County, is relaunching its FOODSTOCK-UP 2020 food and fund-raiser to help replenish pantry shelves for Operation Gear-Up: We Will Not Miss A Meal.

More families are depending on Lunch Break during this crisis and the organization depends on the community for support. In April, the organization served more than 8,000 grab-and-go meals, nearly 50 percent more than this time in 2019. And more than 2,000 families and individuals received groceries in April alone — a 49 percent increase over March.

“Our goal is to reach as many pounds of food possible and fund donations – donations that help us meet the increased demands for the many children who will otherwise go without lunch while 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 now, as more unemployed people seek help,” 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.

How it works:

  • Select the dates and locations
  • Organize the food pickup and recruit volunteers
  • 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 mjeter@lunchbreak.org 732-747-8577, Ext. 3102)
  • Promote the food drive
  • Plan for delivering your donation to Lunch Break
  •  Among the non-perishable food items requested are applesauce, canned beans, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, sauce, tuna, shelf-stable milk, assorted fruit juices and healthy snacks. Also personal hygiene products. For more suggested items go to www.lunchbreak.org.

FoodStock-Up 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 securely online at  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/lunchbreak or send a contribution to Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Every dollar donated equals 1 pound of food.

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Cover photo: Lunch Break

Liam Horan, a member of the Rumson Fair-Haven Regional Football team, organized a FoodStock-Up Drive for Lunch Break, Red Bank

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