Client Resources
Home
Schedule\Events
NEWSLETTER 2006
Esteemed Sponsors
Thanks & Acknowledgements
Memorials & Celebrations
Meet the Volunteers
Help Wanted
Client Resources
Contact Us
All About Us
Food Bank History
FOOD BANK ARCHIVES
THANKS 2005 ARCHIVE
Newsletter 2005
HOLIDAY SPONSORS

Vintage Lacey

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 ch;urches and veteran's administration programs. We strive to keep all information current. If you find a mistake or change please email us at

laceyfoodbank@aol.com

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 it out and share with them.

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 203  at least 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:
#1. You 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.

Where?
The Village Lutheran Church, 701 Western Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor.

When?
Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
You may choose to eat one, two or all days of the week.

Can't Drive?
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 Chairman Guy at 693-8703 and he'll get you signed up and going!

WORKING FAMILIES GET TAX CREDITS
 
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 Jersey residents.  
 
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 creidt by phone, or by completing your state and federal tax forms. Formore 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 Chairman Guy and he will get you help.
~

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.

MILITARY WIDOWS

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.

CHURCHES

Forked River Baptist Church
21 Haines St..
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
693-2726

Pastor Roy Minnix
Village Lutheran Church
701 Western Blvd.
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
693-1333

Reverend John Morrison
Forked River Methodist Church
PO Box 151
Forked River, NJ 08731
693-5222

Reverend Terry Chapman
Forked River Presbyterian Church
131 N. Main St
Forked River, NJ 08731
693-5624

Pastor John Carhart
Lacey Christian Assembly
2206 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
693-6288

Rev. Basznianin
St Pius X Catholic Church
Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ 08731
693-5107

Lanoka Harbor Methodist Church
Route 9 N
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
693-8913

Vets Can Get Low Cost Drugs

by Florida Today's Jerry K. Freeman

Many older veterans have trouble paying for prescription medications. Veterans should know that free or low-cost prescription drugs are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A prescription filled by the VA costs only $2 for a 30-day supply (disabled or low-income veterans can receive medications for free). This benefit is available to any man or woman who was honorably discharged from the military. (Veterans discharged after September 1980 must have at least two years of service.)

To take advantage of this benefit, a veteran must enroll with the VA and must be seen by a VA doctor (prescriptions written by private doctors cannot be filled through the VA). Veterans can visit doctors at VA hospitals or VA community-based clinics. There is a charge to visit a VA doctor, but insurance may cover this charge. (Disabled or low-income veterans can visit VA doctors free of charge.)

Once enrolled, veterans can receive prescription drugs at VA clinics, hospitals or through the VA mail-order pharmacy. The toll-free telephone number for the VA Health Benefits Service Center is (877) 222-8387. Representatives can answer questions, enroll veterans and provide the location of the nearest VA hospital or clinic.

Here in Ocean County we have the James J. Howard Community Clinic, 970 Route 70, Brick, NJ 08724 (732) 206-8900. For more information on VA programs, go to the Web site

VA Adminstration

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE - FOR EXAMPLE, RECENT GOVERNMENT CUTS MAY JEOPARDIZE SOME VETERAN'S BENEFITS. THE WEBMASTER WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO KEEP ALL INFO UP TO DATE.