By Kim Guadagno
Tonight in New Jersey, children will go to bed hungry. Contrary to popular notions about hunger in America, most are not homeless. In fact, most New Jersey families that struggle to put food on the table live in households that have at least one working adult.
In Monmouth County, where I live, and in neighboring Ocean County, one in ten residents don’t know where their next meal will come from, let alone whether if it will be nutritious. One in seven of those ten are children. The anxiety and fear of not knowing is what social services agencies call “food insecurity.”
That is why I am beginning a new chapter in my life this week: leading the effort to end hunger in our community as Chief Executive Officer of Fulfill, formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill aims to not only help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity today, but to provide them with the resources to become self-sufficient for tomorrow. I am excited join a team of 50 employees and 1,400 volunteers whose mission is to “shorten the line” of those in our communities who are hungry.
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Posted: August 14th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | Tags: Food Bank, fulfill, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | 1 Comment »
At the suggestion of our friend, Selika Josiah Gore, and courtesy of HomelessShelterDirectory.org, the following is a list of places to donate food and to volunteer to help those less fortunate.
Please feel free to add other locations in the comments.
Posted: November 24th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Public Service Announcement | Tags: Food Bank, Food Donations, Volunteer | 1 Comment »
Proceeds to benefit local food bank of the winner’s choice
Matawan Mayor Paul Buccellato and Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre announced today that they, along with the council members in both boroughs, have engaged in a friendly wager on the upcoming Central Jersey Group 2 high school football championship game between the Matawan Huskies and the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs.
The Mayors and Councils of the two municipalities have agreed that the losers of the wager will donate $200 worth of food to the foodbank of the winner’s choice.
The game will take place Saturday December 4th at 3pm at Kean University.
“In the spirit of friendly competition, I asked Mayor Bucellato to join me in this friendly wager and I’m glad he accepted,” said Halfacre. “Due to the difficult economic conditions, food banks are being hit with a double whammy: less people donating and more people who need help. If we can have some fun with this and at the same time raise awareness and make a nice donation, I think it’s a win for everyone.”
Buccellato agreed, stating “that economy has had an impact on numerous families in the area” and the two municipalities wanted to do something that would benefit the community. “There is a critical need among the local and regional food banks as they are experiencing unprecedented food shortages,” Buccellato said. “We believe that we can help this need and at the same time support our football teams.”
If Rumson-Fair Haven wins, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will receive a donation of food. In Matawan wins, the donation will go to the St. Mark’s Food Kitchen at Trinity Episcopal Church in Matawan.
Anyone wishing to make a donation of food to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean can call 732-918-2600 or email [email protected] Donations to St. Mark’s Food Kitchen can be arranged by calling 732-591-9210 or emailing [email protected]
Posted: December 1st, 2010 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Press Release | Tags: Food Bank, Matawan Huskies, Mike Halfacre, Paul Buccellato, Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs | 2 Comments »