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Lacey Township Food Bank

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HERE ON THE NEWSLETTER PAGE IS WHERE YOU WILL MEET THE GROUPS & INDIVIDUALS WHO SUPPORT THE FOOD BANK. JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE MANY ACTS OF KINDNESS AS WELL AS AN EXTRAORDINARY RANGE OF GIFTS, FROM MANHATTAN BAGELS MONTHLY BAG OF BAGELS, TO A SCOUT TROOP'S GIFT OF CANDY FILLED CONES AT CHRISTMAS

THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON ALL YEAR IS AMAZING SO WE HOPE YOU ENJOY RIFFLING THROUGH THIS PAGE TO SEE WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE UP TO !


OLDER ENTRIES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE ARCHIVES , WHERE THEY CAN STILL BE SEEN BY DOTING FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. VISIT " NEWSLETTER 2005" ON THIS SITE, OR GO TO:

Food Bank Archives 2001 - 2004

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DECEMBER IS HERE .........
And the community turns out in full force to help us out for the holidays. A busy busy time for all.
 
Check out the Christmas Angel page. This project will provide  "LAGNIAPPE" (a little something extra) for the clients as they get to have a lottery during distribution including $25. Shop Rite gift cards, donated by these great people and businesses.
 
Also on the Angel page are listed the holiday food drives, which have restored  shelves left bare after the Thanksgiving distribution.
 
Shown below is Dan Arbach, a member of a neigborhood social group, "The Forked River Breakfast Club & Spouses  on Skimmer Court ", who meet regularly on a social basis  Then gather food for us - a great mix of socializing and good deeds. Dan was delivering the bountiful proceeds of their holiday food drive.
 
We sure wish this would spread through out the neighborhoods of Lacey. they are true FOFB  (Friends of the Food Bank) & Holiday Angels to boot!
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HOLIDAY GIFTING FROM ALL SIDES...
 
An unexpected esteemed sponsor came our way this week. Enclosed with a check for $250. was the following note:
 
"Dear Sirs,
     I lived in Lacey Township for 33 wonderful years, and part of my heart will always call it 'home'.  Merry Christmas and thank you for your work in helping others less fortunate. 
 
Sincerely, Joyce Cervati, Durham, NC
 
Esteemed sponsors, by donating $240. annually, whether in one check or via a monthly donation of $20.  support one family's  monthly  $10 Shop Rite food certificate plus supplementary food not included in the regular bags. (or $20 monthly) A few  sponsors are supporting up to 10  families a year - CAFFREY'S and SHOP RITE to name two - but the backbone of the program is from people like you and me.
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Tuna Club Member, Mary Wanca
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And the " boys"

BEARING GIFTS...
Chairman Guy and the Dick, the Storesmaster, were visited this past week by Mary Wanca, from the Forked River Tuna Club. Mary presented them with $267 which was collected at the Tuna Club's annual Christmas Party. Club members also donated money for Sally McGahey's Food Bank kids gift fund. Thanks to all the members for being so sensitive to our needs.
 
 
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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING....
And sing they did when Jennifer Barney led her Brownie Troop 210 on a neighborhood caroling tour. Along with spreading holiday cheer, the scouts accepted food and $78 in  contributions for the food bank kids Christmas fund, combining fun with a serious purpose. Thanks to all of you for this creative way of helping the Lacey Food Bank.
 

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WOW, those holiday angels are popping up all over the place ! Esteemed Sponsor Patricia Poyner and her friend Dennis Norton, popped into the food bank this week with 10 brand new coats for the food bank kids. Seems Patricia saw that Kohls was having a big sale and just couldn't resist.
Thanks a million Patricia and Dennis.
 
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Speaking of ANGELS...
Just take a look at what the women who attend CURVES came up with for the food bank kids. Owner Judy Hyslop is shown here with the Curves "toyshop" - these kids are really going to have good Christmas. Thanks gals for all you do.
 
(If you click on the picture to enlarge it, look at the  lower left corner. These bears , along with a truck full of toys were being driven from CURVES to the Community Hall for display on the kids table. Volunteer Bruce McGahey  swears that he put seatbelts on the bears and the "kids" too) when he delivered the load to the food bank.)

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Judy & Friends

So was this too much of a good thing? Not when you are providing 175 youngsters with toys and clothing. So it was with delight that we were visited by the Woman's Club of Lacey, evening division, as Sally Mc Claus  volunteer elves were setting up the gift tables. Along with the toys and gifts, the ladies donated gift certificates for the client lottery.....
 
Adding a hearty amount to the  supply were the Pheasant Run Ladies Club and the AARP.  Mrs. McClaus was a very happy camper indeed, seeing this booty mount up for her food bank kids. 

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True F.O.F. B. are brothers Michael and Gregory Peluso who for the second consecutive year, have baked plates of cookies for the clients Christmas party. We'll look forward to seeing baby Gianna's thumbprint on cookies in a few years as she follows her brother's lead.
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LACEY HIGH SCHOOL SCORES AGAIN !
By the time we loaded up for the  Christmas distribution, our shelves were in bad shape, not too much left to start the New Year. Then along came the Lacey High School Student Government bearing gifts - a whole truckload in fact. We asked  the president of the groupk Steve Swain (l) to bring along some strong help for the (now weak) Chairman and Storesmaster and so he was joined by Justin, varsity football champion. We think they are all champions and we give thanks to  everyone at Lacey High who have supported the food bank through out the year (s)

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Steve and Justin

HELPER ELVES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT THE FOOD BANK !  THE DAY BEFORE DISTRIBUTION, NIKKI LUCIANO AND TAREN KOON CAME TO HELP AND PLEDGED TO RETURN ON SATURDAY TO WORK ON THAT MAGNIFICENT MOUND OF FOOD FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL.
 
(P.S. - THEY DID INDEED DO JUST THAT.

Appearing in person....
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Pete Peters on the keyboard

CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR FOOD BANK CLIENTS
The end of another year with food bank volunteers and the community providing a measure of cheer for the clients. The cookies were flying in and flying right out, the toys and kids clothes were snapped up , the Christmas music rolled on. 
 
And best of all the clients  received  ham, turkey or cornish hen dinners with sides along with the hit of the day - gifts from the community - Restaurant gift cards, ShopRite Gift cards, Pizzas and movies. To see a list of the benefactors, go to the Holiday Angel page. This has been a tremendous community effort and we hope we didn't miss anyone. Featured below are some candid shots of the morning's festivities. Now on to 2007 !        
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Registrar Mary Fleming
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Waiting for the doors to open !

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We got rhythm!

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Sing a long with us

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Merry Christmas from the Lacey Food Bank volunteers !

HO  HO HO !

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THE INTER-GENERATIONAL CLUB
The membership of this  club is comprised of the young and the old, working together. As part of their service work, the students from Cedar Creek Elemenary School, led by their teacher, Randi Spexarth, have paid us an annual visit for several years now. The focus on their gifting is unusual and most welcome, since it features only non- food items - paper goods, toothpaste, wraps, detergents, soap, etc. - all welcome items on the monthly "take me" table. The students formed their own chain gang as they unloaded the bus with a serious amount of stores, then stayed for the morning to sort and pack it all.  Now THAT is the kind of company we like to have at the food bank !
 
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SAY "CHEESE"
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A JOB WELL DONE !

BUSY HANDS MAKE
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THE STORES MASTER A HAPPY MAN!

The soap goes where?
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The toothpaste goes with the tooth brushes...

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THANKSGIVING - THE WEEK THAT IS......
Second only to Christmas distribution week as the most labor intensive for the volunteers. The Rotary Club gifts us with the turkeys and dinner boxes, but all week food comes in to be sorted and sorted,  260 bags have to be packed, and room has to be found for the freeze-ables.
 
Take a peek at what's happening around here. First the crew assembled for Monday's "packin' & sackin' ", then somehow found space for the sacks that were packed. (260 of them) 
 
Wednesday found us receiving delivery from Monmouth\Ocean Food Bank, which then required a trip to the Forked River Freezer to store turkeys. Always happy to help the food bank,T.J.  was waiting with a fork lift. Then, seeing us grappling with all those boxes, our neighbors, the students at Deer Lake School, pitched in to  help.
 
Thursday afternoon  we meet up with Casey Parker's DPW guys and flatbed trucks,  bringing the 3 tons or so of food  over to Community Hall, with everyone  forming a "chain gang", as volunteers set up the tables. Adding to the chaos are early bird clients who can't  get there on Friday.
 
Friday morning, volunteers picked up bakery goods from Manhattan Bagels and ShopRite at 7 am., then returned to Community Hall to bag them and get ready for the doors to open at 8 am.  Outside, eager clients lined up as early as 7:15. 
 
Saturday we manned the food bank, as the Boy Scouts started bringing in their food booty from their annual door knob collection.  More clients came who missed Friday, and we continue to meet clients on Monday & Tuesday, making sure that all who want and need it, get it.
 
The following Monday we start all over again, getting ready for Christmas.
 
WHEW, DOESN'T THAT MAKE YOU TIRED?
 
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BILL HIBBS & DON STILES
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READY TO UNLOAD

DEER LAKE SCHOOL STUDENTS
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DAN, DAVE & TESS

All packed and sacked
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THERE IS ROOM FOR US IN THE FORKED RIVER FREEZER
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COURTESY OF T.J. HUTLER !

THE CHAIN GANG
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Pride of the DPW !
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Casey's guys

THE FIRST TRUCK ARRIVES
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THE FINALE - DISTRIBUTION DAY
Thanks to our good friends in Rotary, and the Junior Rotarian  service group "Interact" from Lacey High School, the clients all receive a turkey dinner, complete with pumpkin pie. This of course, is added to the regular food distribution, so it can get fairly hectic. Take a look at some of the action.

THE TURKEY MAN
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ROTARIAN BILL WHITSON

A SHOPPER'S DELIGHT
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SERVING THEIR COMMUNITY
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JUNIOR ROTARIANS

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FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
As our year comes to an end with two big finales - Thanskgiving and then Christmas - our needs seem to overcome our assets. This week, an angel from the Presbyterian Church , (actually Pastor Terry Chapman) stopped by and surprised Chairman Guy with a check for $3,000, a gift from the congregation. The congregation also holds an ongoing food drive which enriches our larder immensely. All of these good deeds are the embodiment of what we mean by sharing and caring, and we thank all of them for their generosity of spirit and deeds.

SCOUT FOOD DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS
Saturday, Nov. 18th, found us at the food bank once again, as we stood by to receive food collected by scouts during their annual food drive. Residents are left a bag  to fill the Saturday before, and the troops and packs are out early in the morning a week later to collect their bounty. And bountiful it was. At a time when our shelves were critically bare, the scouts managed to fill them again with a GRAND total of 624 bags of food collected. Many thanks to the parents of Jon Galati, Pack 522 who stayed to help store the massive amount of food then came back the next morning to finish it off !  A good deed indeed as far as the chairman and stores master (and their aging backs) are concerned.
 
To all of the scouts, their parent helpers and the Boy Scouts of America, we give thanks for this very important annual service project that feeds the hungry.

KIPT & ROGER
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PACK 522

CUB PACKS 35 & 156
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THE GALATI FAMILY
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Jon, MIchele , Alayna & Scout Jon

Meet Scout "Aja" from Daisy Troop #507
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A wealth of riches
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Stacked and ready to shelve

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MEET MR. TOUCHDOWN 2006
Yes, a busy week but not so busy that Chairman Guy and  Store Master Dick couldn't find time to drop by Lacey High School where they received, on behalf of the food bank, a $1,000 check from the Lacey Cheerleaders.
 
Shown here (l.-r) are: Dick Sansone, Football Coach, Lou Vircillo, (who is the husband of cheerleader advisor and organizer of the fundraiser, Lori Vircillo) Chairman Guy Burnett and  members of the cheerleading  squad.  The insert, lower left, features Mr. Touchdown 2006, CHRIS MEYLER.
 
Lori Vircillo explained how it works. The cheerleaders are  each are assigned a senior football player to promote for the title. Utilizing decorated cans and T-shirts to collect cash votes for their guy, they leave no dollar uncovered as they canvas the student body and faculty during the week long event. At the end, the one who receives the most $ votes, is annointed Mr. Touchdown.  This year, the cheerleaders collected an astounding $660 and the football player's foundation made up the difference to make it an even $1,000.
 
It is so rewarding to see how our young people have acquired this giving ethic. Just another example of a "Community Caring, by Sharing."
 
 

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LACEY LIBRARY KICKS OFF HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
This is the time of year when our need for food is the greatest. Client rolls increase as seasonal employment ends and heating costs and illnesses soar. Therefore we are happy to announce that the Lacey Library is stepping up to the plate  and will be receiving food donations in their big blue barrel at the library. So when you go in to take out or return a book, be a sport and drop in a few cans of soup or tuna, a couple boxes of spaghetti or cereal.  You'll feel mighty good about yourself.
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Check out that Barrel, Carrel....
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Carol Michelle L.L.L.L.

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TURKEY DRIVE  STARTS AT SHOPRITE
Going to Grandma's house and don't need your free turkey? We are  collecting turkeys and hams for  Xmas distribution and need  your help. When you spend $300  on groceries you'll receive a free ham or turkey for the food bank. 
 
Then, to make it easy for yourself,  just put the completed receipt in an envelope, (leave your name and address so we can thank you) and simply hand it in to the courtesy booth. All food gifts for the holidays will be acknowledged on our Holiday Angels web page.
 
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO
 ALL OF YOU FROM ALL OF US AT THE FOOD BANK.

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When Linda & Charlie McPherson from Stonehaven, Scotland, visited the Burnetts in Forked River recently, Charlie was enlisted into food bank service at October's distribution, hauling bags out in the pouring rain for the elderly clients.
 
Not content with that deed, they heard of the Christmas project where we try to get enough $25. food certificates to give each client one during Xmas distribution..... "lagniappe" or a little something extra. So upon their departure they presented enough $$$ to buy four of these gifts, therefore putting them in the #1 spot on our Holiday Angel page.
 
Thanks guys, it's the haws, so it is.
 
And when YOU have a food bank volunteer knocking on your door in the next two months, it is your chance to make someone's holiday a little bit brighter so welcome us with open arms. (and  deep pockets)
 
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Spreading the Word
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Judy Schermerhorn & Joann Norton

First Up to Bat
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Howard & Rose Furbeck with Chairman Guy

 
Apple Pie Weather
Food Bank Volunteers turned out in force to enjoy the Historical Society's annual Apple Festival. Sheltered by our new tent, the guys and gals "educated" the public by handing out brochures. There were lollipops for the kids, courtesy of JoAnn and Jim and the last minute addition of a donation jar brought us some needed dollars.
 
With such a large crowd atending, the pies go fast, so the CEO had to get there early and move fast to be able to bring one home to his 96 year old pie eating dad. 
 
If you haven't attended this fest, make a point of doing so next year. The HS band contributed to the festivities as the color guards added their flair. The pie eating contest is a hoot, and the lucky judges get to eat  plenty of pie as they they pick the winners of the pie baking contest. Lots of pumpkins, apples, and face painting complete the show.

Dedicated crew
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George & Penny Smith

Team Mates
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Joe & Joan Giblin

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September is back to school month, and the food bank kid's moms were delighted to be able to choose from a large selection of school supplies, courtesy of Curves and the Food Bank volunteers.

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Look for our table at the Historical Society's Annual Apple Festival on September 30. We'll be under our new tent, courtesy of a ShopRite Employee in Bayville, who donated it to us after winning it in a raffle. 
 
 
 
 
Let's all send get well wishes to the food bank's storesmaster, Dick Sansone, who is home recuperating from an operation. Meanwhile, we have discovered that the old axiom "you can be replaced" is true. The only thing is that in his case, it took six volunteers to do the job he does all week. Needless to say, his return is anticipated with joy.
 
And while you are sending get well wishes to Dick, send another one along to the Food Bank Kid Chairlady, Sally McGahey, who just underwent surgery on her leg. With a lengthy treatment ahead for her, it is doubtful that the kid's gift program will be held this year. Pray for her swift recovery back to wellness.
 
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LOOK FOR OUR BOOTH AT LACEY DAY
ON SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH IN
GILLIE PARK. WE'LL BE THERE  SO STOP ON BY
AND SAY HELLO.
 
And we were there, spreading the word and chatting up our Lacey neighbors. The volunteers showed up in force to distribute fliers and lollipops for the kids. (Courtesy of Jim Joeirman & JoAnn Norton who sat up half the night wrapping the lollies with tags displaying our contact info)
Good job from a great crew. Thanks to all.
 
 
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ROSE & HOWARD

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THE "BOYS"

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JOE & JOAN

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FRED & MARION

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JUDY & JOANNE

HAPPY  50TH ANNIVERSARY TO  DAN & MARIE ARBACH FROM
 ALL OF US AT THE LACEY FOOD BANK
 
This very special couple from Skimmer Court, in lieu of presents for their big day, requested that their guests bring a donation of food for us. As you can see from the picture below, the offerings were very generous -filling our sorting tables to the max.Thanks to all their friends and neighbors for taking their request to heart.

A Golden Gift
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KID FRIENDLY CURVES
When a little (Sally) bird whispered into the ears of the  gals at Curves , they swung into action.  Joining in on   our drive to provide school supplies to the food bank kids they just about did it themselves. Distribution day found moms and kids happily picking up pencils, pens, crayons and notebooks from the huge pile. Thanks to all of you for lending a hand, you're good friends to have in our Lacey neighborhood !

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Colleen & Judy

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Tucked away between books, Bounty & LUVS
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Audrey & Carole, Librarians Supremo

She couldn't wait !
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FIRST BOOK GIVE-A-WAY A SUCCESS!
 
Sally McGahey, food bank kid chairperson, and Lacey Librarians teamed up to make the first summer reading program (inspired by a grant from Scholastic books)  a success. The book tables were piled with offerings from Scholastic, as well as a large amoun t of books  from "The Bridge of Books"  program run by Abby Daley from Monmouth County. Individual book donations were also received from volunteers and friends of the food bank.
 
/As the children eagerly filled their  bags  with books, Lacey librarians, Carole Michelle and Audrey  Zigmond were there to help with the flow and provide  new readers with a library card.
 
The program will continue throughout the summer with a plentiful supply of books in hand. Thanks to all who made this a success.
 

LIttle Bookworms !
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FOFBK (Friend of theFood Bank Kids)
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Our Gal Sal

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SCHOLASTIC BOOK GRANT INSPIRES SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Thanks to the philanthropy of Scholastic books, the Lacey Food Bank will be running a summer reading program for the food bank kids.
 
During the months of June, July and if supplies last, August, the children  will be able to  choose a free book from an assortment of over 200 books gifted for their use. Scholastic, believing that literacy is the foundation of learning, provides books and reading materials to low income children and families in order to improve reading skills and inspire the joy of reading among children.
 
When Lacey Library's  head librarian, Kathy Lanzim,  was told about this she got into the spirit of things by offering  to have a staff member from  the library  present  at distribution  to assist  children and their parents to sign up for a library card.
 
In addition, homebound clients will be encouraged to sign up  for volunteer provided services in choosing & dellvering regular & large print books as well as books on cassette. 
 
For information on how to become a volunteer for this service, call  732-269-5850. The program is run by the "Homebound and Volunteer Services" , OCC Library- Berkeley Branch , 30 Station Road, Bayville 08721   att: Shannon Walsh.
 

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LACEY FOOD BANK HONORED TO BE HONORED !
 
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Ocean First Foundation held a cocktail reception and dinner to honor those who have received grants from this civic minded bank.
 
During the program, volunteers Rose & Howard Furbeck, representing the foodbank, were presented the plaque shown above which acknowledges our service to the community with yet another gift of 10 shares of Ocean First Stock and the notation "Because you shared with the community, we'd like to share with you".
 
The Ocean First Foundation was established by an endowment  of $13.4 milion in Ocean First Stock during the bank's initial stock offering. Today, that endowment has a market value of approximately $38 million with community groups and organizations receiving over $16 million in small and large grants.
 
It was a grant from Ocean First that enabled us to increase the monthly food gift certificates from $5. to $10. Another grant bought us much needed refrigeration equipment, and a third grant enabled us to keep the food bank van on the road by paying for a year's \insurance. We fall in the small grant category, but these gifts enabled us to meet and improve services to the clients. Our appreciation is unbounded.
 
From shelters  for abused children and women, to the arts,  the theater, health care and scouting, the impact of the foundation's largesse is felt throughout the county. Isn't this  refreshing in an age when other financial institutions are donating to political campaigns or lobbyists? For this we applaud Ocean First Foundation and the principles it embodies  -   "THAT A GREAT COMPANY GIVES TO AND INVESTS IN THE COMMUNITIES IT SERVES".

CINCO de MAYO FOOD DRIVE

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MEET TRACY'S OSBORNE'S FIRST GRADE FROM THE OCEAN ACRES SCHOOL. THESE DETERMINED YOUNGSTERS HELD A FOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF ZABIDIEL & KARLOS GONZALES AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT WAS A BIG SUCCESS. ONE BY ONE THE CHILDREN PRESENTED THEIR BAGS OF FOOD TO THE CHAIRMAN AND THE STORESMASTER, UTILIZING THE LITTLE RED WAGON FOR THE HEAVY AND LARGER ITEMS.
 
 THANKS TRACY AND KIDS - YOU ARE TRUE FRIENDS TO THE NEEDY.

 
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LACEY SOCCER LEAGUE SCORES BIG !
 
 
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Shannon, Kaitlyn & Lindsey
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bearing their gifts to the needy

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VP Chris Tonkovich & the storesmaster

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Thanks to the creative efforts of  President Kevin Kazmeyer and VP Chris Tonkovich, the Lacey Soccer Club parents and children scored big for the food bank, filling our van in four hours. Along with the food,  they donated $35 and five cases of apple juice.
 
To accomplish this, the club solicited prizes for drawings to be held with  each youngster who brought in a bag of food eligible to win a prize. Along with this they distributed 900 bags and flyers to announce this event. Community philanthropist ShopRite donated juice and cookies for the players (althought food bank volunteers Guy, Dick and Sal were seen dipping into the cookie box)
 
Thanks to all of you who made this such a big success.

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THE INTERGENERATONAL CLUB
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"THANKS, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE"
CEREMONY
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
 
The Intergenerational Club held this ceremony honoring volunteers from  several  Lacey Organizations.  Lacey MIddle School students, led by advisor Linda Devlin, honored the Food Bank.

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Guy Burnett, Dick Sansone & Al Bille, representing the volunteers of the food bank, were overwhelmed with accolades written by  the students in appreciatIon of the work they do. .......... Chairman Guy noted that he will treasure his letters, written by Kelsey   & Kim which said among other things "It must be feel very rewarding helping all those families in need" and continued, "keep up the good work". His answer? "Yes, the rewards are very great and yes, I'll keep it up as long as I can" !  ...... ..   Alexis  told Rose & Howard Furbeck that "It is very generous of you to volunteer your time to help someone less fortunate than us. That takes people who have  big hearts". (that they do, Alexis, besides the food bank, they also run a food pantry at the Methodist Church)
 
To Ziggy Zwierchowski, the Food Bank volunteer who has served the longest, Samantha thanked him for the many years he's spent stocking shelves then noted that is's very good that he spreads the word to people to give food. We appreciate him too, Samanta , if you  look at the history page on this website, you'll see how far the food bank has come since he ran it out of a truck with only one or two other people.
 
Megan wrote to the "voice" of the food bank, Dorothy Mehler. (see volunteeer page) She finds Miss Dorothy "very important, sweet and inspiring" (and so do we) and even notes Dorothy's little feline helper Miss Roxie. ........   Steven thanked Ron Kopchinksi for his work running the Big Blue Crew, or picking up food from the blue barrels you see at ShopRite. Steven is a boy scout , Troop 56 in Lacey and knows quite a bit about helping the food bank. Their annual food drive keeps our shelves stocked for the winter season.
 
Melanie  made Sal Bonocolta's day with her compliments, telling him that he is a "kind and decent person" and that he's "an all around good worker whose work is appreciated" . That needed to be said, Melanie, we folks at the food bank sometimes forget to tell Sal that...................  Page  complimented  Debbie Piazza on the generous and kind acts she performs as a volunteer and noted her fortitude in handling icy frozen foods.  Debbie was  pleased with Paige's compliments and notes that Paige's vow to join a food bank as a goal is a reward in itself if she's had even a small part in inspiring her to do so.
 
Emily  told Dawn & David Giombetti that they both have loving hearts, to take the time to do this for people who can't afford as much as other people do, especially since they are hardworking owners of the Tall Oaks Mariina as well as serving as food bank volunteers. (They are also esteemed sponsors, Emily, thereby supporting the food bank financially, too) .......................   Justine , in honoring Bruce and Sally McGahey for their food bank kids Xmas gift work, wonders who,  without them, who would give them presents then  notes that this is what Christmas is all about. Yes, Justine, it is a very hard job to buy, solicit, wrap and give gifts to 178 children and you know what? As hard as it is  they love every minute of it !  ................... Becca  told storesmaster Dick Sansone that his work is amazing and that the food bank must be truly appreciative of his hard work shopping (OH YES we are ) and confessed that she likes to shop too, but sometimes she spends too much. She  then noted that his work for needy families must make him feel "all warm & fuzzy".  
 
Along with the letters the group presented us with a trophy, a blue ribbon and a certificate, all of which will be permanently on display at the Food Bank. And to top off the evening, we were treated to coffee and cake. Who could ask for more?
 
Thanks to all of you from all of us. It was  so nice to be honored for our work.

Our beautiful new trophy ......
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Will be on permanent display at the Food Bank !

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A BROTHER-SISTER FOOD DRIVE
Sometime we are astounded at the creativity and committment displayed by young supporters of the Food Bank. When Nicole and Geoffrey Rovira set out to collect food for us, they didn't fool around, but set out to distribute 50 empty bags in their surrounding neighborhood with a request for the residents to fill the bags. A week later they returned and collected the bags which held enough food to fill over three of our large banana boxes. This is the second year the sister\brother duo have helped the food bank. It is friends like these who lift our spirits and lighten our load. For this we thank you. 
 
(Above are Nicole and Geoffrey with the  happy storesmaster Dick)

Another young philanthropist is Nicholas Stevens who chose the Food Bank to be a recipient for his Church community project. Young Nicholas collected three large bags of food which he brought to the food bank along with two $10 ShopRite food coupons.  

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CAFFREY'S & THE FOOD BANK
OUR FRIENDS AND BENEFACTORS AT CAFFREY'S STEAK  HOUSE HAVE DESIGNATED MARCH AS LACEY FOOD BANK MONTH. THEY'LL BE PASSING THE HAT SO THAT GENEROUS CUSTOMERS CAN GIVE US A BOOST. SO STOP ON BY, HAVE A GREAT DINNER AND DROP A BUCK IN THE BUCKET !
 
NEWS FLASH!! UPDATE!! THE GENEROUS CAFFREY PATRONS DONATED OVER $2,000 TO THE FOOD BANK - OUR THANKS TO ALL WHO ORGANIZED AND PARTICIPATED IN THIS GREAT GIFT.
 
 
 
 

Surrounded by mounds of food are....
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Anna Baranyay & Judy Hyslop

CURVES UPDATE
The final count is in and the women of CURVES turned in an astounding 2,170 pounds of canned and boxed foodstuffs. We cannot thank you enough. The Chairman has now declared you  FOFB  (Friends of the Food Bank)

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CURVES IS OFF AND RUNNING
Storesmaster Dick was elated to get a call from Judy Hyslop, the owner of the fitness club,  CURVES. Joining in with a nationwide endeavor to defeat hunger, the Lacey Franchise, located in the ShopRite mall, had already collected too much food to store, so called for a pickup so they could clear the way for another round of food donations.
Our thanks go out  to all the women who "exercised" compassion by bringing in their food donations and to the owners of CURVES for participating in this event.
(notice that spiffy little promotional T-shirt)

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IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME, SO FIND YOURSELF A SCOUT AND STOCK UP ON A COUPLE MONTH'S SUPPLY.  YOU ONLY GET THIS CHANCE ONCE A YEAR. 
 
EILEEN ODOM, THE DYNAMIC LEADER OF GS TROOP #264 ,  STOPPED BY THE FOOD BANK TO DELIVER FOOD THE SCOUTS HAD COLLECTED FOR US. SHE THEN LEFT CHAIRMAN GUY A GIFT BOX OF THE  SHEEERLY  DELICIOUS "ALL ABOUTS" .
 
THANKS EILEEN, YOU'RE AN OKAY GAL FOR SURE!

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AN UNEXPECTED GIFT
 
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February 7, 2006

The chairman received a call this week from the  Bell Systems Pioneers of Ocean County. Sadly the group decided to disband due to lack of membership. Gladly for us, they set out to distribute the remaining bank balance to worthy causes and we became the lucky recipient of a check for $750. Here we see Georgette Scully meeting up with Chairman Guy and handing over the check. Thanks to the Pioneer's thoughtfulness,  the $$ will buy 75 Client food certificates, a real boon for the foodbank.

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'TWAS A DARK & STORMY NIGHT . . .. Which did not keep the attendance down for the Lacey High School Booster Club's popular Chinese Auction. Held annually, the event enables the boosters to provide extra equipment or financial aid for school projects not covered by the budget. Along with all of this, the boosters, chaired by Debbie Slota,  give the food bank a boost too. Admission is $6. but if the attendee brings a non perishable food item, they pay only $5. - AND as another boost, the club gives the food bank $1.00 out of all the full paid admissions.  This year almost $200 was collected for us, as well as three shopping carts of food.
 
An added bonus was the surprise gift of 2 barrels of food from the Boy's basketball team who collected food instead of an admission fee  on their Fan Appreciation Night.
 
The rumor has it that the girl's basketball team will do the same for us at their fan appreciation night on Feb.9th.  Our thanks go out to  all of the students and their advisors for  their support.
 
 

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A VERY FULL FOOD BANK VAN !

The Food Bank goes shopping at Lacey High
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All of this equals ----------------->>>>>>

Ken Thomas, Debbie Slota & Brandi Slota
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(for better view, click on picture)


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As we start another year, our hopes are high that we shall continue to do our work and that the public will support that work. For the clients, January means heating bills and seasonal unemployment. It means illness and medication and the need for warm clothing.

On the plus side, it means CAN CAN sale at ShopRite and overflowing big blue barrels. Here is Dick Sansone, the food bank storesmaster (you know him, he LIVES in ShopRite) presenting an award to ShopRite Manager Glenn Cunningham and Community Affairs Liason, Jennifer McMahon, for the outstanding help they give to us - every day in every way.

Along with all the help from our local Lacey store, Perlmart Inc. and the Wakefern Corporaton also gift us with a monthly account at the Monmouth Ocean Food Bank, enabling us to purchase low cost food stuffs through them. When we say we could not do it without them, truer words were never spoken.

Thanks to all of you at ShopRite from the Lacey Food Bank.

January 4, 2006 (click on image for larger view)
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Photo Courtesy of Bruce McGahey

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON

The Guys and Gals of the Forked River Food Bank gathered round the table to celebrate a year's work well done. The place? CAFFREY's of course ! Our way of saying thank you to one of our main sponsors and of course apart from that, being able to chomp down on a great selection of menu items. Where else can you have such a great lunch in such great surroundings with such great people, all for under $8.00? Thanks again to Rose Furbeck for acting as the luncheon chairperson.

January 9, 2006
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IS EVERYBODY HAVING FUN? (click on picture)


Lacey Food Bank Honors the Elks Club

Chairman Guy visited the Elks Club to present a plaque honoring their commitment to the Food Bank. "This generosity from the Elks community has enabled us to keep up with the demands on our resources", he stated. "Your support is the glue that holds this program together".

Receiving the plaque on behalf of the lodge were: (l-r) Blair Svihra, Leading Knight; Rich Bard, Past Exalted Ruler and Bob Wilson, lecturing knight.

January 12, 2006
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A Handsome Trio


GIFTS OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

The suppport we receive from our Lacey Community comes in many ways - donations, food drives & gifts for the food bank kids & clients. Then there are the hidden gifts - a free repair for the van or a sign for our door for instance.

Here you see TJ Hutler, manager of the Forked River Freezer, "fork lifting" pallets of food into the food bank van.

We had the opportunity to get all this frozen food from Monmouth Ocean Food Bank, but no way to store it until after distribution - a take it or lose it situation - Thanks to TJ our problem was solved.

Storesmaster Dick appreciated the fork lift service to the point where he might put one on his wish list. (right next to the listing for unicorn fillets)

January 24, 2006

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That's a lot of burgers ! !

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