Co-chairman Ed Weisbrot - January
We can look back at the past year’s accomplishments and be proud of the work that was
done to serve the needy. Not only did we fight hunger with food, but we helped people stretch their limited resources with
non-food items such as laundry detergent, toothpaste, paper products and a host of other non-food items.
At Halloween, the Food Bank’s Lacey
Kids project provided costumes; at Christmas, presents for the kids; at Easter, candy. For thanksgiving, in cooperation with
Rotary and the high school, complete turkey dinners were assembled and distributed. During the summer months and Christmas
break, our volunteers, in cooperation with Lacey Township churches, bagged and delivered nutritious meals to kid’s homes.
With limited funding, Food bank clients who hit a rough patch because of illness or loss of
a job were helped with their utility bills or a car repair bill.
Looking ahead to the new year, we plan on continuing these services. No one knows how the
new tax code will impact the charitable contributions that help us do the things we do. Lacey Township provides us the building
in which we do our work. As the Township’s budget is challenged to provide services, we are also challenged to continue
I am hopeful, because people of good will are working together to deal with these challenges, and that is what makes Lacey Township a great place to live.
CO-CHAIRMAN HAROLD "PETE" PETERS - JANUARY 2018
HUNGER STOPS HERE!!
I'm proud to be part of the volunteers who make that statement true, and who help make our Lacey Food Bank possible. It's
heart warming to be able to help over 200 families fight hunger. We are thankful and grateful to many businesses and local
folks who support this cause with foods and monetary donations. Because of this help, and allocated foods from the U.S.D.A.
we're able to keep our client families away from this dreaded disease called hunger. This allows us to help each family with
approximately 50 to 60 lbs of food , a $10 ShopRite grocery card for perishables , and an extra $35 grocery card at Christmas.
It takes a lot of behind the scenes work during the weeks prior to our distribution to make this end product successful. Our
volunteers keep our food bank open every weekday between 10 am and noon, and a few Saturdays , they use their own vehicles
to pick up local foods, they work extra hours to inspect, sort, stock, and bag tons of food. They keep watch of our refrigerators
and freezers, answer phone calls, take care of issuing emergency food for those in need, give tours to school kids and scouts
groups, and the work goes on and on. If you feel this same passion and would like to help others, stop in any weekday from
10 am to noon and fill out an application. We are a 501c organization and everyone is a volunteer.
Wishing everyone reading this, a Healthy, Happy New Year.
THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
The Lacey Food Bank has formed a new non-food committee under "Social Services"-
as a way of helping clients who are going through a crisis, whether it be the loss of refrigeration in the middle of the summer,
a car repair, a broken appliance, eviction, utility shutoff, or a multitude of other problems that a small act of kindness
can solve. To become involved in this committee please contact :
Emergency Fund Chairman, Ed Weisbrot 609-693-1085
Requests for help will go through our committee of clergymen\trustees.
To contribute to this special fund, use the Visa \ Paypal option or Or
send us a check the old fashioned way, made out to the Lacey Food Bank, 818 W. Lacey Rd Forked River, NJ 08731 and note
on the bottom of check - "emergency fund" .
YOU WILL FEEL SO GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF!
We are often asked what we need. And the answer is just about everything. To download
& print a copy of this list for your school, organization or neighborhood, clink on the link below the list.
Lacey Food Bank Needs:
Do you have a couple of hours a month to help the Lacey Food Bank find, complete and
submit grant applications for corporate and charitable funding? As an on-line, on-going project,
this is a work from home opportunity, perfect for the detail oriented. Are you a responsible college student looking
to fulfill community service obligations? Or perhaps you're someone who finds our regular volunteer schedule
to be in conflict with your personal availability. Recently retired? Don't let those business skills go to
waste! Familiarity with grant writing is a plus! Please call 609-242-2848 and leave a message for Co-chair
Pete or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thanks!!
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE DONATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE
The generosity of our Lacey Community is what keeps the Lacey
Food Bank going and growing. We would ask however that you not leave your donations outside the building. We try
to have a volunteer on site Monday, through Friday from 10 AM - Noon. If we are closed, please
call 609-242-2848 and we will be happy to make other arrangements. Food donations left outside overnight or over
a weekend are subject not only to the weather but also are attraction for pests and animals. Many times, these
donations must be thrown out.
Please help us by contributing donations other than food to
the appropriate charities.We do not have the storage space or the manpower to handle clothing or other household
donations at this time.
Thanks for your support!! Laura Caroccia, LFB