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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Forked River NJ

Lacey Township Food Bank
Forked River, NJ 08731
Details: The Lacey Food Bank program is operated by volunteers and depends entirely on food and monetary donations from the public and the business community. With the exception of filing fees, telephone, equipment & minimal office supplies, over 90% of your donation goes to buy food and food coupons for the clients of the food bank. The server for this web site (Tripod) and maintenance of the website is donated. The food bank van was donated by Excelon and they donate money every January to cover insurance and maintenance. Effective as of January 17, 2002, the State of NJ registered us as a tax exempt non -profit corporation "Lacey Food Bank, Inc". Along with this we also were awarded tax exempt status with the IRS as provided for under Chapter 501(3) (c) of the tax code. This status was upgraded to a permanent basis as of April, 2007. Lacey Food Bank, Inc. has trustees: Cynthia Pieja, the proprietress of Cynthia Pieja, CPA; Attorney Arthur Stein; Ronald Tholen, local businessman (Lacey Marine) ; Pastor Terry Chapman, Forked River Presbyterian Church, Reverend Linda Applegate, Forked River United Methodist Church, Guy Burnett, (former Chairman of the Lacey Food Bank). Ms. Pieja is also the registered agent of the food bank, maintains the checking account, which requires two signatures, and files all necessary forms with the State of NJ and the IRS. She serves us as a committed volunteer. The Township of Lacey receives all donations made out to Lacey Food Bank Inc., acknowledges them to the donors, then turns them over to Ms. Pieja for deposit in the food bank checking acount. She then pays all bills and provides the storesmaster with a revolving petty cash fund for purchase of food. We are often asked why this program is not run by Lacey Township and why we do not serve those who live in other towns. The township discharges it's obligation to needy Lacey residents by paying per family a negotiated amount which is handled by the office of Ocean County Social Services. The food bank, as noted , is a volunteer driven effort to help keep food on the tables of the needy by giving them a safety package at the end of the month when money & food runs short. The township provides the program with space and the maintenance of that space, in the old MUA building on the corner of Station Dr. and Parker St. where the food is stored and the monthly distributions are held. The Administrator's office also provides us with the oversight service by receiving donations and sending acknowledgements. So we only serve clients who live within the township which is funding these services via our general tax base, minimal as it might be. Emergency requests however, are met at all times. Eligibility is based on income and varies according to the size of the family. Clients must be Lacey residents. PAAD card holders, WIC enrollees and food stamp recipients are automatically eligible as well as low income families. In order to participate, the client must go to the administrator's office, fill out an application and provide proof of residence and financial need. The program currently serves * 200+ needy families with 500 + people within those families. Many are elderly, living on minimal incomes, the rest are low-income families with children, or those who are disabled. Our distribution days are the third Thursday & Friday of each month. Each family receives two pre-packed bags of pantry food, a bag of refrigerated food (hotdogs, margarine, chicken, cheese, etc) and a $10.00 food certificate for ShopRite. They are then given two bags to "shop" at our take me tables which offer non mainstream foodstuffs, condiments, cleaning supplies and detergents, and paper goods not packed for the regular distribution. Larger size packages are given to big families with "your choice" items offered. This enables them to get through the rest of the month with some food on the table. Food is also available on an emergency basis for those in critical need at any time of the month, with those recipients calling the administrator's office 693-1100 ext. 2239 or the food bank office (242-2848). Food is collected during food drives conducted in conjunction with participating groups or organizations throughout the year. The Rotary Club for example, provides us with holiday dinner baskets including turkeys at Thanksgiving. An integral part of our food gathering is from the participation of the elementary and high schools. We could not survive with out them. We also have an ongoing food collection via the Food Bank pullout drawers, placed at the inside entrance to ShopRite. We are aligned with the Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank and purchase pantry food and government surplus at a low -cost or no- cost basis from them.
LUMC Hope Chest Emergency Food Pantry
Forked River, NJ 08731
Details: Call ahead 609-693-5222 for the services of the Hope Chest Emergency Food Pantry. Pantry is open for Walk-in's on Thursday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Donations of Non-Perishable Food Items always appreciated.
St. Pius Pantry
Forked River, NJ 08731
Details: The Samaritans are a ministry that cares for those in the parish and community who need food, clothing and other assistance. They can provide food, clothing, help with utility bills and shelter for those in need. They also provide Back to School Backpacks, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter baskets to hundreds of families. They organize and distribut hundreds of toys for children at Christmas. The ministry consists of dedicated parishioners who operate from the small building on your right as you enter the Church property. Their office hours are Monday, & Wednesday 9am-4pm and Fridays 9am-3pm. The ministry is funded by donations from the Parish. The money that is put in the Poor Box in the rear of the Church goes to Samaritans, as well as several collections per year. The Samaritans are a giving arm of St Pius the Tenth Church and a ministry that allows all of us to “Feed the Hungry”.