This 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 &
minimal office supplies, 100% of all donations go to buy food and food coupons for the clients of the food bank.
Effective 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.
Lacey Food Bank, Inc. has seven trustees:
Ms. Lois Guthrie, the proprietress of Lois Guthrie Financial Services; Attorney Arthur Stein; Douglas E. Ruhlin,Resource
Management Associates; Ronald Tholen, local businessman (Lacey Marine) ; Pastor Roy Minnix, Village Lutheran
Church; Pastor Terry Chapman, Forekd River Presbyterian Church and Reverend Linda Applegate, Forked River United
Methodist Church. Ms.
Guthrie also serves as 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.
The Township of Lacey receives all donations made out to Lacey Food Bank Inc., which are then
put in a separate checking account just for the use of the food bank. The township also 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. This is
where the food is stored and the monthly distributions are held.
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. Clients can register during the annual registration day, which
this year is April 20th, or at any time by contacting the chairman or the township administrator's office. Proof of income
The program currently serves *131 needy families with 334 people within those families. Many are elderly,
living on minimal incomes, the rest are low-income families with children. Our distribution day is the third Friday of each
month. Each family receives two bags of food and a $10.00 food certificate for ShopRite . Larger size packages are given to
the families with "your choice" items offered. This enables them to get through the rest of the month with some food on the
Food 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 or the chairman.
The 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. We also have an ongoing food collection via the big blue can placed
at the inside entrance to ShopRite.
We are aligned with the Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank and can purchase pantry
food and government surplus at a low or no cost from them.