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NJ GAS playing Lingo with guests 9/13/13

Interactive presentation on energy while playing bingo. 

Public Board Meeting 9/11/13
Thank you to Ismet Ekin, Joe and Jason

Lowe's donated bathroom items and paint for the warehouse. Thank you!
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Mark Weiss helps Lunch Break

Helping those in need, with a little help from my photos.
July 8, 2013
I am often asked by charities to donate my classic photographs from the 70s and 80s. I would have never imagined when ...
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Thank You Audrey!

Audrey Kulberg, in the striped top, along with her mother and family collected $39 for Lunch Break during her 14th birthday party.

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Photography and Painting for Storm Relief
Aug 21, 2013 NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Famed rock photographer Mark Weiss and the incredible portrait painter David Banegas are teaming up to raise money for Superstorm Sandy relief. Read more.

A Scout's Ton of Love for Lunch Break
Teen conducted a massive food drive to benefit the Red Bank organization

Robert Michael Chen and Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli

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.

Gwen Love receiving a check from the Rotary Club on June 21, 2013

Boys & Girls Club Honors Red Bankers
Honors were announced at the club's 75th anniversary
Staff Writer, Red Bank-Shewsbury Patch
June 8, 2013
On May 22, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) celebrated 75 years serving the youth of Monmouth County at the Dauphin Grille in Asbury Park with over 100 alumni, members, and supporters in attendance. Read more.

Still serving more than just food
30 years later, Red Bank’s Lunch Break is just as motivated, and vital, as ever
By Keith Heumiller
Staff Writer,
March 21, 2013 - Thirty years ago, at the tail end of severe global recession, a group of concerned parishioners and Red Bank residents decided to do something about the hunger problem in their town. Read more.

Lunch Break's Love Honored by Girl Scouts
Lunch Break's Gwendolyn Love was recently one of a few area honorees at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala. The scouts raised more than $170,000 while honoring the personal, professional and ... Read more.

Lunch Break invites youths to dinner and a movie
Red Bank Hub
Lunch Break, a soup kitchen and community resource, will host Dinner and a Classic Movie Night for children 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Since 2011, 40 to 50 children have been treated to a monthly dinner, dessert and classic movie, ... Read more.

Lunch Break volunteer extraordinaire
Holmdel Independent
On most mornings, Larry Jackson can be found at Lunch Break in Red Bank by 7:30 a.m.. Jackson, a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Holmdel, has volunteered at Lunch Break for more than 25 years. On Jan. 24, he presented a ... Read more.

Lunch Break to Host Read Across America Day March 2
Atlantic Highlands Herald
On Saturday, March 2 from 1-3 p.m., Lunch Break, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the basic necessities of life to those in need, will host READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY in conjunction with the Middletown ...Read more.

The Allstate Foundation Grants $5000 to Lunch Break
Atlantic Highlands Herald
This grant, supported through a $1 million allocation from The Allstate Foundation, provides necessary resources to help local nonprofits in affected areas rebuild. Local community organizations where Allstate New Jersey agency owners ... Read more.

Red Bank nonprofits step up after Sandy
Lunch Break, Salvation Army give help and hope to storm-worn residents
Written By Keith Heumiller
Staff Writer, the hub
November 8, 2012: Sometimes it takes a disaster for a community to come together. But in those communities where residents are used to helping one another on a daily basis, the effects of a potential tragedy can be greatly minimized. Throughout the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Red Bank’s nonprofit soup kitchen Lunch Break, as it has since it first opened in 1983, provided vital social services to impacted residents, serving hot meals and beverages while collecting clothing and grocery donations for Red Bank and neighboring towns.
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An Extra Helping of Flavour for Kids and Lunch Break
Written By Edward Van Embden
October 10, 2012: The downtown culinary alliance donated checks to Lunch Break and the Red Bank Middle School Athletic Association Wednesday. Red Bank Flavour knows how to throw a party. It's recent Night on the Navesink summer soiree attracted hundreds of visitors to the Molly Pitcher Inn to savor the eats of the downtown's accumulated culinary expertise.
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An Extra Helping of Flavour for Kids and Lunch Break
Written By Edward Van Embden
October 10, 2012: The downtown culinary alliance donated checks to Lunch Break and the Red Bank Middle School Athletic Association Wednesday. Read more.

Lunch Break Puts on its Finest for Gala
Written By Edward Van Embden
October 6, 2012: The soup kitchen's largest fundraising event attracted approximately 400 people. Throughout the year Lunch Break helps feed the hungry through its soup kitchen, helps provide families with fresh produce and food from its pantry, helps educate residents about social services and assistance programs, and helps people get through the holidays with food and toy and clothing drives.
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Community Gardener's Market Comes to Lunch Break
July 15, 2012
: Lunch Break, a Red Bank soup kitchen and food pantry dedicated to serving the rapidly increasing in-need community in Monmouth County, is calling on local gardners to help the organization’s healthy eating commitment...
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Lunch Break Gets Boost for Summer with Donation of 8,100 Pounds of Food
Written By Celia Belmonte The Two River Times
June 1, 2012: More than 4 tons of food was collected to help stock depleted food pantry shelves during Lunch Break’s recent Foodstock event. Lunch Break, the soup kitchen at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. that also supplies emergency food for those who need it, partnered with ... Read more.

Lunch Break’s Foodstock Seeks to Stock Shelves for Summer Months
Written by Alison Bitterly The Two River Times
May 10, 2012: Lunch Break, the borough-based soup kitchen and food pantry, will be hosting Foodstock – a food drive that will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments and more. The event will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road. Read more.

Red Bank’s Lunch Break Today
Written by Daniel Murphy Atlantic Highlands Herald
Monday, 07 May 2012: It was in 1983 that I first became involved with Lunch Break, headed up by Norma Todd, it opened modestly serving lunches to 30 to 50 people a day. In 1985 working with the Red Bank Rotary we nominated her as Citizen of the year. It was my committee... Read more.

LSBPA Food Drive Benefits Lunch Break in Red Bank
Written by By Patricia Hart Zackman
Mar. 10, 2012: During the month of February this year, 17 businesses in Little Silver were the drop off point for non-perishable food goods. Spotted around town were brightly colored flyers announcing the annual community service project conducted by the LSBPA. Read more.

Holmdel Eagle Scout Created Internet Cafe for Jobseekers
Scott Blechman helped Lunch Break of Red Bank, a charitable organization that helps people in need
Staff Writer,
Feb. 20, 2012 — Scott Laurence Blechman, 15, of Holmdel, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 331. Read more.

Business Owners Get Together in Red Bank to Network and Support Lunch Break
Jan 24th fundraiser at Buona Sera in Red Bank
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Feb. 14, 2012
— On January 24th, Jersey Shore Premiere Events organized their first event of the year, the New Year Resolution Red Carpet Networking at Buona Sera, in Red Bank. It was also the one-year anniversary of these open business networking events put together by Rosa Davis and Chris Fotache, who started with a similarly themed event last year, also in Red Bank. Read more.

Lunch Break looks to ‘spark a movement’
Significant contributions create new ways to connect to community
Written by Kristen Dalton
Staff Writer, The HUB
Dec. 29, 2011 — Despite being down nearly 50 percent in monetary donations this year, Lunch Break in Red Bank is looking to become so much more than a soup kitchen in 2012 with the help of some recent donations, including two houses and a van. “The monetary donations have been a...
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Lunch Break Economy
A discussion about the economy over a meal at Lunch Break in Red Bank
Staff Video by Thomas P. Costello
Asbury Park Press
Dec. 15, 2011Click here to see video.

Holiday Crush at Lunch Break
The local soup kitchen and food pantry takes on a large burden during the holiday season to meet the needs of local residents
Written by Edward Van Embden
Staff Writer, Red Bank-Shewsbury Patch
Nov. 23, 2011 — There’s a narrow path from the door to the desk in Gwen Love’s office at Lunch Break, a space carved out of a heap of plastic bags full of donated toys and clothing. It’s just wide enough to walk through as you enter from another crowded room that’s simultaneously serving as a soup kitchen, donation drop... Read more.

Lunch Break and Others Offer Free Meals on Thanksgiving
Local churches and organizations, including the Eatontown Community Center, provide free meals to those in need this holiday
Written by Patch Staff
Staff Writer, Middletown Patch

Nov. 23, 2011 — No one should eat alone on Thanksgiving and if local outreach groups have their way, few in Monmouth County will. Read more.

If you or someone you know needs assistance please contact Lunch Break at 732-747-8577. There is never a fee for the services we provide.