Dear Friends of Lunch Break,
I am writing on behalf of everyone at Lunch Break of Red Bank to tell you how extraordinarily grateful we are for the overwhelming response from all those who read or heard our plea for help to stock our pantry and donated to our May 17 Foodstock event.
Lunch Break is the first line of defense for thousands of residents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and serves more and more people each year. According to Gwen Love, Executive Director of Lunch Break, food pantry distributions have increased by a staggering amount. In 2013 more than 750 families depended on Lunch Break each and every month for groceries. That amounted to nearly 400,000 pounds of food. “Unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times,” said Love. This means there is a constant need for food to stock the pantry shelves. Summer is especially difficult with schools closed and many people on vacation. But, hunger doesn’t close for the summer or go on vacation and summer is traditionally a difficult time of the year to collect donations.
We set an ambitious goal for this spring’s Foodstock of 50,000 pounds—20,000 pounds more than last year. By the end of May, we had received 61,400 pounds. And, we continue to receive food and monetary donations from food drives still going on and dedicated to providing food for our pantry. We could not possibly have accomplished this without your amazing generosity.
We also want to thank the Red Bank Borough Schools, the Red Bank Middle School Band, and the bands Rockit and Ardvark Smile for entertaining everyone who came to this year’s Foodstock. We want our sponsors, The R&B Group of Morgan Stanley, Troy Container Line, Sawtooth, The Bitterly Group of Morgan Stanley, Synergy Hot Yoga, Ray Catena, and the Board of Trustees of Lunch Break to know how much we appreciate their support. And, last, but hardly least, we want all our dedicated volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make sure our Foodstock event was a record breaking success to know how much we appreciate them.
To learn more about Lunch Break, its activities and events, go to www.lunchbreak.org. You can also find Lunch Break on Facebook and Twitter or reach them at 732-747-8577 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, thank you again. Lunch Break can’t do what it does without you. Please join us next year for the 2015 Foodstock event.
Susan Haugenes, Vice-President