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2018 Holiday Toy Program

Thank you for your interest in our Holiday Toy Program. It is because of people like you that we are able to bring smiles and cheer to thousands of children each year over the holiday season.

Our Toy Program provides holiday gifts/toys to newborns thru age 15. All gifts will be distributed on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Tower Hill Church to those who have registered.

Families register their children to participate. It is our hope that each child will receive 2 gifts, costing no more than $30 per gift. Upon registration parents select categories (up to two) of gifts, age appropriate, their children would like.

Ways to Participate

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If you prefer, organize a new toy drive to benefit the Holiday Toy Program. Click here for a Toy Drive Registration Form.

The following is a list of this years popular toys: VTECH, LEAPFROG, LEGOS, FISHER PRICE, PAW PATROL, PLAY DOH, DISNEY PRINCESS, DOC MCSTUFFINS, SECRET LIFE OF PETS, SHOPKINS, POWER RANGERS, STAR WARS, MONSTER HIGH, FROZEN, POKEMON, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, HOT WHEELS, MY LITTLE PONY, MINE CRAFT, and GIFT CARDS (INCREMENTS OF $30 or Less) (suggestions WALMART, TARGET, VISA, MALL).

ALL UNWRAPPED GIFTS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 BY 3pm.

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2018 Back to School Drive

Make the first day of school a happy one! Donate school supplies to Lunch Break. For more information please contact Melia Owens at 732.747.8577 ext.3022.

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Lunch Break Food Stock 2016

Lunch Break will hold its 5th Annual Foodstock, their largest food and fund drive, from March 1st- June 30th to create awareness about hunger in our community. The highlight of the event is Foodstock Rally Day which will take place on Saturday, May 14 at Monmouth Regional High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Foodstock is a very important event. It is a family and community day where hundreds of community members come together to drop off food and donate monies all in effort to help others. There will be games, music, and good eats.

“We depend on the success of Foodstock. Most people think of hunger in November and December”, said Millie Jeter, Administrative Director and event chair. “The fact is, the months of February right through October are difficult. Last year, we exceeded our annual budget for the purchase of food by 719%. We’ve increased our 2016 budget accordingly, but when you see that Lunch Break helped over 155,350 people last year, the reality is, we don’t see that number decreasing anytime soon- in fact, we see the need increase every day.”

“Many don’t realize that Lunch Break purchases the majority of our food- from national wholesalers, local retailers and from the food bank. It’s one of the biggest expenses every week, every month, every year,” said Gwendolyn O. Love, Executive Director.

This year, every $1 raised will equal 1 pound in the Foodstock Challenge to reach the 95,000 goal.

If any of your friends is unable to attend our Foodstock Rally Day Event, they can drop off the food at Lunch Break Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and on Saturday 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Please put this on your Website, Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to do the same. Help us to alleviate hunger.

For more information, please contact Millie Jeter at 732 747 8577, ext 3102 or mjeter@lunchbreak.org

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The Giving Table Opening Night Event

Town & Country Kitchen and Bath is proud to host The Giving Tables, a special event celebrating Seasons by the Sea with table settings designed by local designers to benefit Lunch Break, a charity dedicated to providing basic living necessities to community members who need them most.

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A Scout’s Ton of Love for Lunch Break

By Elaine Van Develde, Red Bank-Shewsbury Patch

July 18, 2013 – You could say Fair Havenite Robert Michael Chen completed one of the most satiating Eagle Scout projects of all time.He collected a literal ton of food and donated it to Lunch Break in Red Bank.

Yes, a ton of food — that’s 2,000 pounds. And Fair Haven’s governing body awarded the teen with a proclamation at its Monday night meeting for accomplishing the feat which earned him his Eagle Scout designation, the highest of Boy Scout awards that can be bestowed.

“His project had to be one of the best I’ve ever heard of,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said outside of the meeting. “This young man actually got a ton of food to those who need it. A ton of food, 2,000 pounds — that’s a lot of mouths fed.”

Chen managed a four-week-long drive that “engaged a large portion of Fair Haven’s community” in collecting the estimated ton of canned goods, according to the proclamation. The food, after going to lunch break, was distributed to families in need out of the organization as well as those who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy.

Lunch Break is currently accepting any donations available while concentrating on trying to obtain fresh garden vegetables for the summer intake as well. The staff there is also looking for volunteer help. Check the Patch boards for more details.

Fewer than 2 percent of all scouts achieve Eagle status.