The following resources can help clients be more active, enable them to get hot nourishing food on a daily basis, and deal
with government agencies. Resources include a list of local churches and veteran's administration programs. We strive to keep
all information current. If you find a mistake or change please email us at:
AFFORDABLE COMPUTER & INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE
Comcast is offering an Internet Only promotion. The Internet Essential Program offers
affordable intenet, computer training and low cost computers to eligible households.
To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low cost computer your
household must meet the following criteria:
Your residence is located within the Comcast service area.
You have a least one child receiving free school lunches
You have not subscribed to Comcast Internet Service within the last 90 days.
You do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
How to apply:
Call 1-855-846-8376 to request an application
An application will be mailed to you. Complete and return with the lunch program documentation
from your child's school program.
Allow ten days for a response and Comcast will notify you by mail about the status of
How to Get Connected
Once approved, Comcast will mail you a welcome package with everything you need to set
up your service and receive free internet training. If you choose you can purchase a low cost computer.( Dell & Acer Netbooks
can be purchased for $150.)
Realizing that many clients do not have access to the internet we ask that if you
know someone who could use any or all of the following information, please print this page to share with them.
A MINI COOK BOOKLET ON HOW TO UTILIZE GOVERNMENT
Food Bank volunteers were puzzled to see that clients were rejecting the large packages
of USDA instant mashed potatoes. A closer examination revealed that preparation instructions were for 50 servings -
the math to cut that down being quite a challenge.
Our answer? Here's how to prepare six servings plus a few recipes to utilize leftover
potatoes in soups, casseroles, etc. To download the file
Cooking With Dried Potatoes PDF
HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP EGGS?
Eggs are often still edible weeks after the date on box. How can you tell?
Click on this link for all you need to know.
Expiration Dates: Should You Pay Attention?
The dates on food labels can be confusing. The truth is, they often have nothing
to do with food safety. Here's what you really need to know.
Then learn how to store & keep fresh food for optimum use.
COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Car-less? Take advantage of the County transportation mini bus system "Ocean Ride " to get around town, with additional
service for non-emergency medical transportation. The busses run Monday through Friday and fares are a reasonable $.25 for
disabled and senior citizens and $.50 for the general public. Call the County toll free at 1-877-929-2082 for a schedule.
Passengers needing lift service for next day service must notify the County of the trip they wish to take.
NEED A RIDE TO THE FOOD BANK on distribution day?
Call the Recreation Department at 693-1100, extension 2203
24 hours before distribution day
to request transportation.
SENIOR LUNCH PROGRAM
This lunch program offers you a hot nutritious meal, and the companionship of new
friends while you enjoy a varied menu every day from Monday to Friday.
There are only two requirements:
be 60 years old or be married to someone 60 or over.
#2. You must call 609-693-0661 at least 24 hours ahead for a reservation
How Much Does It Cost?
The suggested donation for lunch is $1.50, however you only need donate what you can afford
. No One is denied lunch because of an inability to pay, and donations are done via closed envelopes which insure your privacy.
The Village Lutheran Church, 701 Western Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor.
Mondays through Fridays
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
You may choose to eat one, two or all days of the week.
Bus pickup is available
by calling Berkeley Outreach at
(732) 244-9600 24 hours before you need the ride.
This program also offers Meals
on Wheels to Seniors who are homebound. For questions about Meals on Wheels call Berkeley Outreach at (732)244-9600 and ask
for a meals on wheels counselor.
If you need help with this, call Lacey Food Bank 242-2848 and we'll get you
signed up and going!
LIKE TO READ? THE OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY WILL BRING
REGULAR AND LARGE PRINT BOOKS OR BOOKS ON CASETTE TO YOU. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS WHO ENJOY SHARING THEIR LOVE OF READING
AND WILL VISIT YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS TO BRING MATERIALS YOU HAVE REQUESTED OR THOSE THE VOLUNTEER SUGGESTS. CALL 732-269-5850
FOR ADDITONAL INFORMATION OR CLICK ON THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT AN APPLICATION.
APPLICATION FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE
HELP WITH HOME REPAIRS
FACING A REPAIR EMERGENCY? THE FOOD BANK WILL ASSIST YOU IN GETTING HELP
FROM THE LOCAL CATHOLIC CHARITIES OR VOLUNTEER TRADESMEN, WHO FOR THE COST OF THE MATERIAL WILL HELP YOU WITH A MINOR ELECTRICAL,
PLUMBING OR APPLIANCE PROBLEM. CALL THE FOOD BANK OFFICE AT 242-2848 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE - SOMEONE WILL GET BACK
WORKING FAMILIES GET TAX CREDITS
Thanks to government cuts this program has been suspended. We will
notify all if it continues.
Hardworking families should be aware of tax programs that help them. In particular,
the Federal and State government offer tax credits worth thousands of dollars for low income parents. For example, a working
parent or couple with two children, and an income of between $10,000 and $13,000 can receive $4,008 from the federal tax credit
and $601. from the state, for a total of $4,609 or an extra $394 a month in the pockets of hard working,yet low income New
The state credit is available to families earning up to $20,000 a year, while families earning as
much as $32,000 ayear can qualify for the federal tax credit. Benfits will vary according to size of the family and income.
You can file for the credit by phone, or by completing your state and federal tax forms. For more information or to find out
if you qualify, call 1-888-895-9179. If all of this is too much for you to tackle, call 242-2848 and we'll get you
HOME HEATING HELP
Several programs are available to help those who cannot afford their heating bills.
(For those facing any utility shut off notify us at 242-2848 and
we'll do our best to help you find help)
* Lifeline Program - If you receive SSI or are eligible for PAAD, benefits are
eligible for the Lifeline progam, under which you can receive $225. toward your electricity or natural gas costs. Call
* NJ Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral Energy Servie Inc. (NJSHARES) This
non profit group helps people who need temporary help paying their gas or electric bills and who are NOT eliigible for
welfare benefits. They give out one-time grants of $250 each. Call (866) 657-4273
* Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) This program uses federal money
to subsidize money spent on oil, natural gas, electric heating, propane and kerosene from Nov. 1 - March 31. The benefit varies
depending on income and household size. Call (800) 510-3102
* Universal Service Fund (USF) If you apply to LIHEAP (above) you will automatically
apply for this program. This is a state program designed to ensure lower-income customers pay no more than 6% of their
annual income for their gas and electricity service combined. Income eligibility depends on household size. (866) 240-1347
* Gift of Warmth: NJ Natural Gas customer may be eligible for this program.
For in formation in Ocean County call (732) 244-9041
* Winter Termination Program : This program prevents people who receive benefits
such as those listed above from having their gas or electric service disconnected during the winter months. Call (800) 624-0241
WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE: Senior Wheels USA,
a nationwide program, can provide a power wheelchair to people aage 65 and older and the permanently disabled at no cost to
the recipient. For qualifications, call (800) 246-6010
THE GIFT OF SIGHT
One call to the National Eye Care Project, a public service program sponsored by the Foundation of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., could mean the difference between sight and blindness for you or
someone you love. The program is staffed by 255 volunteer ophthalmologists in New Jersey. Once call to the National Eye Care
Program could mean the difference between sight and blindness for either you, or a loved one.
The program is designed for, but not limited to, financially disadvantaged seniors. All U.S. citizens or legal residents
age 65 and over, who have not seen an ophthalmologist in the last three years or longer, are eligible for the project. A phone
call to the toll-free help line at 1-(8QO)-222-EYES(3937) can match patients with a volunteer ophthalmologist in their area.
That doctor will provide a complete medical eye examination and a full year of treatment for any condition diagnosed at the
initial visit. There is no cost to the patient. As volunteers for the project, we have agreed to accept Medicare or other
insurance reimbursement as payment in full, with no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.
Those without insurance of any kind, including Medicare, receive care at no charge. Take advantage of this amazing program
which gives the gift of sight.
If you were widowed as the result of a war related injury or disability, remarried (therefore losing your pension) then widowed
or divorced from your second husband, you might be able to have your widow's pension reinstated due to a new change in the
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) act.For more information call the VA's tool free number, (800) 827-1000 and ask
for a veteran's benefits counselor.