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.
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.
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.
count varies widely , with the highest numbers being in cold weather when seasonal employment ends, heating costs kick in,
and illnesses occur with medication taking over the household budgets.
IRS form 990 is available for inspection upon request.