Students from all over Monmouth and Ocean Counties answered the call to help their neighbors in need by participating in the 2013 School Holiday Hunger Challenge.
They collected a record-setting 71,148 pounds of food and more than $18,000 for the FoodBank.
For a complete list of winners click here.
Thanks to all who joined the fight against hunger and participated in this year’s challenge.
Together we can make a difference!
Food Donations Are Urgently Needed
The holiday season is here and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties needs community support to provide hope for families in need. Donations of food and money are needed to deliver holiday meals to more than 127,000 people – working poor families and individuals, children, low-income seniors, the disabled and others who face hunger in our communities.
The FoodBank distributed a record 8.5 million pounds of food last year. This year the need for emergency food is very high, as people face the lingering effects of the economic crisis, the financial impact of Hurricane Sandy and the recently implemented cuts in food stamp (SNAP) benefits.
“This holiday season, we’re counting on the generosity of the community to help us meet the increased need for food,” says Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank. “Many of our neighbors are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and the need remains high throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.”
Many area businesses have generously donated space to collect food. Donations can also be dropped off at the FoodBank, 3300 Route 66 in Neptune from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Additionally, the FoodBank will be open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23. After hours, non-perishable donations can be dropped off in the shed on the side of the building.
For more information, call (732) 918-2600 or visit www.foodbankmoc.org
MOST NEEDED ITEMS
Turkeys – Fresh or frozen; turkey breasts are preferred
Thanksgiving side dishes: stuffing mixes, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned fruit
General: Soups, cereal, canned meals such as beef stew, ravioli, pasta.
MONMOUTH COUNTY COLLECTION SITES
Eyes of the World, 658 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, (908) 839-8027 (Non Perishable Only)
Diane Turton Realtors 500 Main St., Avon, (732) 774-0246 (Non Perishable Only)
Bungalow Road, 700 Main St., Avon, (732) 455-5280 (Non Perishable Only)
Zoe’s, 216 Main St., Avon, (732) 774-9400 (Non Perishable Only)
Christine Marie Salon, 308 Main St., Avon, (732) 455-5894 (Non Perishable Only)
Downtown Tile, 904 Main St., Belmar, (732) 894-9415 (Non Perishable Only)
Refurbished Timeless Treasures, 923 Main St., Belmar, (732) 280-0968 (Non Perishable Only)
The Windmill, 1201 Route 71, Belmar, (732) 681-9628 (Perishable & Non-Perishable)
Circle BMW, 500 Rt 36 East, Eatontown, (732) 440-1200 (Non Perishable Only)
Grainger, 212 Industrial Way, Eatontown, (732) 542-3636 (Perishable & Non-Perishable)
The Windmill, Route 9 & Adelphia Road, Freehold, (732) 303-9855 (Perishable & Non-Perishable)
Manasquan Library, 55 Broad St., Manasquan, (732) 223-1503 (Non Perishable Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 45 Main Ave. Ocean Grove, (732) 775-2774 (Non Perishable Only)
Pet Boutique, 60 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, (732).455-3432 (Non Perishable Only)
Comfort Zone, 44 1/2 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, (732) 869-9990 (Non Perishable Only)
The Emporium, 65 Main Ave., Ocean Grove (732) 455-5511 (Non Perishable Only)
Fusion, 52 Main Ave., Ocean Grove (732) 455-3540 (Non Perishable Only)
The Windmill, 18 South Main St., Ocean Grove, (732) 988-5277 (Perishable & Non-Perishable)
Diane Turton Realtors, 8 West River Rd. Rumson, (732) 530-6686 (Non Perishable Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 512 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, (732) 974-8700 (Non Perishable Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 1217 Third Ave., Spring Lake (732) 449-4441 (Non Perishable Only)
Gill Chiropractic, 312 Morris Ave., Spring Lake, (732) 974-7755 (Non Perishable Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 2383 Hwy 34 South, Wall, (732) 292-1400 (Non Perishable Only)
Tower Lodge Care Center, 1506 Gully Rd., Wall (732)681-1400 (Non Perishable Only)
West Long Branch
ShopRite, Route 36, West Long Branch, (732) 542-5222 (Perishable and Non-Perishable)
OCEAN COUNTY COLLECTION SITES
Diane Turton Realtors, 516 Main Ave., Bay Head, (732) 295-9700 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
The John Hill Agency, 635 Route 9, Bayville, (732) 269-0800 (Perishable and Non-Perishable)
Diane Turton Realtors, 217 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, (609) 492-7000 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 474 Brick Blvd., Brick, (732) 920-9559 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
The WindMill, Route 70 & Rt. 88, Brick, (732)-458-7774 (Perishable and Non-Perishable)
Diane Turton Realtors, 535 Lacey Rd., Forked River, (609) 693-7040 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 1404 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, (732) 793-2600 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
Diane Turton Realtors, 2204 Bridge Ave. Point Pleasant, (732) 295-0018 (Non-Perishable Food Only)
Point Pleasant Beach
Diane Turton Realtors, 630 1/2 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, (732) 295-0018
THE FOODBANK AND FACEBOOK: LET’S GET SOCIAL
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