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Lacey Township Food Bank

NEWSLETTER  2009

AS WE NEAR THE END OF 2009, TAKE A MINUTE TO LOOK BACK AND SEE WHAT IT TAKES TO "MAKE A VILLAGE" . FROM TINY TOTS TO TEENS, CHURCHES, SCHOOLS & ORGANIZATIONS TO BUSINESS LEADERS AND THE TOWNSHIP OF LACEY, WE ARE SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO.

TO ALL THE RESIDENTS AND SUPPORTERS IN LACEY WHO TAKE THE TIME TO PICK UP AN ITEM FOR THE FOOD BANK FOR A FOOD DRIVE OR TO SHOP & DROP INTO SHOP RITE’S PULL OUT DRAWERS IN THE LOBBY, WE THANK YOU.

Guy Burnett

Chairman

(CLICK ON WEBSITE PICTURES TO ENLARGE).

LET THE LIGHT SHINE
PRESENTING THE LACEY FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS IN THEIR ANNUAL PORTRAIT, TAKEN RIGHT BEFORE THE DOORS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AT THE CHRISTMAS DISTRIBUTION. THESE COMMITTED, HARDWORKIING CITIZENS GIVE THEIR ALL TO SEE THAT THE NEEDY IN LACEY ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE TO COME FOR SUBSTENANCE.....ASSISTED BY THE GENEROUS PEOPLE OF LACEY TOWNSHIP, THE JOB GETS DONE. WE WISH WE COULD SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU,  THE HAPPY FACES ON THE MOMS AT CHRISTMAS WHEN THEY GET TO CHOOSE A PAIR OF WARM PAJAMAS OR BOOTS - A TOY FOR THE LITTLE ONES OR A PRETTY NECKLACE OR WATCH  FOR THE TEENS. IT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE. NOW CHECK OUT SOME OF THE HAPPENINGS THAT DAY.

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UNDER THE WEATHER THIS YEAR, SALLY McCLAUS , THE FOUNDER OF THE FOOD BANK KIDS PROGRAMS, GOT A BIG BOOST FROM THE NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK - ALL WORKING HARD TO FILL THEIR MENTOR'S SHOES.

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SUPPORTERS FROM THE BEGINNING FOR
ALL FOOD BANK KID PROJECTS,
OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT CURVES CAME THROUGH AGAIN.
 

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HATS, SCARVES AND BOOTIES, MADE WITH LOVE, COURTESY OF
THE TALLWOODS  "HAPPY HOOKERS"

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HERE'S OUR GAL JOANNE NORTON JOERIMAN
COZYING UP TO SANTA
(AKA  EARL WALLER)

WHERE DID ALL THOSE CLOTHES AND TOYS COME FROM? WELL, FROM YOU OF COURSE.  AND WHO ARE YOU? WELL, YOU ARE THE DORSO FAMILY WHO INSTEAD OF BUYING EACH OTHER THEIR TRADITIONAL FAMILY POLYANNA GIFTS,  DONATE THE MONEY THEY'D SPEND TO THE FOOD BANK KIDS FUND.... YOU ARE A BROWNIE TROOP WHICH COLLECTED PAJAMAS AT A PAJAMA PARTY MEETING.....OR A GROUP OF CO-WORKERS WHO GOT TOGETHER AND BOUGHT ENOUGH GIFTS FOR A WHOLE FAMILY OF KIDS...YOU ARE A LIBRARY PATRON WHO PLACED NEW BOOKS IN THE COLLECTION BIN FOR THE FOOD BANK KIDS....SEE THE CEDAR CREEK ELEMENTARY SERVICE CLUB, THE CUBBIES, WHO FILLED A VAN WITH CLOTHING AND GIFTS.  YOU ARE EVERYONE AND EVERYWHERE..... GOOD SOULS ALL...AND WE LOVE YOU FOR IT.

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SANTA OUT DID HIMSELF.... LOOK AT ALL THOSE TOYS AND GAMES

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WHAT? EVEN MORE TOYS? THIS IS THIS
 THE BOMB (AS THE KIDS SAY)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST POOR CHILDREN DO
NOT WEAR PAJAMAS? WELL THIS YEAR OUR
FOOD BANK KIDS WILL. ALONG WITH WARM COATS,
HOODIES & BOOTS LACEY , YOU DID US PROUD !

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HERE'S CHAIRMAN GUY'S
FAVORITE LITTLE SHOPPER
JACQELINE
CHECK OUT THAT CUTE LITTLE HAT!
 
 

LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU'LL SEE PATTY BOCCHINI
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ANDREA FLAHERTY, LAURA C. DEB CANDELETTI & ROSA STEITZ

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KIBITZERS ANDEA & JENNA
NOW BACK TO WORK GALS

THE HAPPENINGS AROUND HERE DURING THE LAST WEEKS IN  NOVEMBER  WERE ASTOUNDING, WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE STORESMASTER STILL HANDING OUT EMERGENCY THANKSGIVING BASKETS AT 4 PM ON WEDNESDAY. FOLLOW ALONG WITH US AND CHECK IT OUT...........AS WE MOVE CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS, EVEN MORE GENEROUSITY IS BEING DISPLAYED BY LACEY FOLKS AND GROUPS. IT REALLY IS EXCITING TO SEE.

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The Lacey Food Bank LOVES the Lacey Library
Once again our pals at the Lacey Library came through with gift book donations for the food bank kids as well as a holiday food drive. Thanks to all of you from all of us.
 
Many thanks to the Cedar Creek Elementry School's service club, the Cubbies. They collected a whole van load of food for us. (we are jealous, the Beacon printed a picture but alas , we don't have one. )
 
 
 
 

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A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR ALL CLIENTS WERE THE FESTIVELY DECORATED HOME MADE COOKIE PLATES. A TRADITION CARRIED ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS BY LAURA EUGENIA, OUR COOKIE CHAIRLADY. THANKS TO  THE MANY SCOUT TROOPS & LEADERS  REALLY CAME THROUGH FOR US. BY BAKING AND WRAPPING THOUSANDS OF COOKIES FOR 200 FAMILIES.
 
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY   - "NOTHING SAYS LOVIN' LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE OVEN" AND THIS  SWEET GIFT WAS LOVED BY ALL.

HERE IS ANOTHER SWEET TRADITION CARRIED ON BY MIKE AND GREG PELUSO FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THEY TOO, BAKE COOKIES AND BRING THEM BY IN TIME FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY. SEE HOW THEY HAVE GROWN SINCE THEY STARTED THIS FAMILY TRADITION. (MAYBE WHEN THE BOYS GO AWAY TO COLLEGE, LITTLE SIS GIANNA WILL BE OLD ENOUGH TO TAKE OVER)

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2009

MORE FRIENDS AT LACEY HIGH SCHOOL COME THROUGH FOR US
For the second year in a row, Chris Miller's Social Studies Classes held a food drive for us. The students came through with a huge amount of food, which will help us in January because what came in December, was quickly used at the Christmas distribution. Thanks to the students and to Mr.Miller for being good friends of the food bank. (FOFB)

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CLAP HANDS FOR OUR NEW END OF THE YEAR ESTEEMED SPONSORS - LACEY MOOSE LODGE # 1907 , THE GODDARD SCHOOL, LACEY H.S. BOOSTER CLUB, & THE LT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. YOU'VE JUST BECOME PART OF THE MORTAR THAT HOLDS THE FOOD BANK TOGETHER  - ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER FAITHFUL  SPONSORS . (SEE TUNA CLUB BELOW) WE'LL SAY IT AGAIN, YOU ARE THE REASON WE CAN DO WHAT WE DO.

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AND WHAT TO OUR WONDERING EYES DID APPEAR.....
BUT A TUNA CLUB LADY WITH A GIFT FULL OF CHEER
 
Shown here is Tuna Club Women's Auxiliary member,  Betty Schwarz, presenting a check for $350 to Chairman Gu. This is the  third major donation they've given the food bank this year. Which certainly qualifies the Auxiliary as as ESTEEMED SPONSOR,  several times over.
 
Thanks for your support ladies,  you are true FOFB  (Friends of the Food Bank.)

 
 
BOOSTERS GIVE US AN END OF THE YEAR BOOST !
 
THANKS TO THE LACEY HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTER CLUB FOR THEIR DONATION OF $500 WHICH MAKES THEM  A MEMBER OF OUR ESTEEMED SPONSOR PROGRAM. WITH THEIR GIFT, TWO FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE A MONTHLY $10 SHOPRITE GIFT CARD AND SUPPLEMENTARY FRESH FOOD FOR A YEAR. VICE CHAIRMAN HAROLD PETERS & STORESMASTER DICK SANSONE WERE ON HAND TO ATTEND THE PRESENTATION BY MARK PRINCIPATO,  AT THE LACEY TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING. YOU CAN SEE THIS  THROUGH JANUARY 5TH ON MUNICIPAL CHANNEL 21 PRODUCED  BY LHS-tv FILM STUDENTS.

 
 
 
LITTLE FOOD GATHERERS FROM THE GODDARD SCHOOL

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A favorite old hymn has always been  "Jesus Loves the Little Children" Well  we sure do love these litttle children from the Goddard School. The tiny tots collected 8 big cartons of food and the Goddard School contributed $300. making them ESTEEMED SPONSORS for 2009. Thanks students, staff and parents for your support.

 
 
 
 
 
LACEY'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE '09
Thanks to the Lacey Elks, Bill Shepherd's grand old parade goes on. Deserving retirment, after a long run, Bill now gets to watch the parade which gets better every year. 
 
For the second year in a row,  the Christmas  Parade, sponsored by the Lacey  Elks Lodge and  coordinated by Rich Bart, has featured the Lacey Food Bank as a beneficiary of their efforts. At the front of the parade was the food bank van, bearing  popular mascot Snoopy Burnett, Chairman Guy Burnett & Storesmaster Dick Sansone.
 
Wielding shopping carts, the junior  Elks  "The Antlers" paraded along, collecting food donations from the crowd - collecting  a half van load of food for the needy. 
 
Inspiring  cheers from the crowd,  were the Lacey High School Marching Band. What a festive way to start the holiday season. Thanks from all of us from the food bank to the  Lacey Elks....
 
Now here's some scenes from the parade - wish we could post pics of all the scouts and groups who participated, including all the marching dogs...(was that Skip Peters in a golf cart with a BULLDOG?)  

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FOOD BANK MASCOT
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SNOOPY BURNETT

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THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH  YOUTH GROUP
JOINED THE RANKS OF PROLIFIC FOOD GATHERERS THIS WEEK WITH A HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE. SEEN HERE ARE THREE MEMBERS ALONG WITH YOUTH GROUP ADVISOR TADD MARFUCCI. THANKS TO A GREAT BUNCH OFTEENS FOR THE HELP. A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU. NOTICE THE NAME ON THE YELLOW BAG... IT SURE WAS A WOW.

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THEN THE LANOKA HARBOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SECOND GRADERS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND HELD THEIR OWN FOOD DRIVE. CHECK OUT THIS LOVELY PILE OF FOOD. KEEP IT COMING KIDS, BECAUSE WHAT COMES IN, GOES RIGHT OUT ! THANKS TO MRS. JULIAN FOR COORDINATING THE DRIVE.

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LACEY FOOD BANK'S TEEN VOLUNTEER CORP
 
A NOTE FROM LAURA CAROCCIA, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOOD BANK AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FOOD BANK TEEN VOLUNTEER CORP. THIS YEAR'S FOOD BANK KID PROGRAM ORGANIZER,  LAURA IS  FILLING IN FOR MRS. McCLAUS, OUR WONDERFUL SALLY McGAHEY, WHO IS UNABLE TO DO THE JOB THIS YEAR.
 
"Here they are - our 2 delivery teens - Rob McAvoy and Brianne Mitchell - the food drive itself was a joint effort of many of the teens that we see supporting us with the garage sale, or snow shoveling or raking or any of a number of requests I make of them. My own daughter has told me before that they (meaning the teens) want to support the FB Kids Program because they can relate. They understand kid's feelings and a kid's needs. I'm just grateful that we're building a nice core group of teens who can pitch in when we need them. Some of the food that was included with this delivery comes to us courtesy of the Lacey High School PTSA's Sundaes with Santa event which took place yesterday at the High School."

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In suport of the food bank kids program, the Food Bank Teen Volunteer  Corp, inititiated a mini food drive by hanging shopping bags through out the Heatherington Court area, then retrievng  them up over the weekend.

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Rob McAvoy and Brianne Mitchell delivered the bulging bags of food to the food bank.

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Here's the shot of the PTSA ladies and their part of yesterday's food drop off..

They are from left to right, top to bottom= Robbie McAvoy, Maryann Pietruska, Donna McAvoy (sitting) Carolyn Timpanaro, Peggy Sue Juliano, Jackie Quinn

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HERE'S WHARFSIDE  CHIROPRACTOR  TOM "DOC" McGILLICK LOADING UP  CHAIRMAN GUY'S CAR WITH FOOD COLLECTED AT HIS OFFICE BY PATIENTS AND STAFF. PATIENTS ALSO MADE $$$ DONATIONS. THE CHAIRMAN WAS THERE FOR HIS REGULAR SESSION ((OH MY ACHING BACK)
 
WITH ALL THAT LIFTING AND LUGGING GOING ON AROUND THE FOOD BANK, IT LOOKS LIKE THE SESSIONS MIGHT BE BOOPED UP THROUGH OUT THE HOLIDAYS  !  : )
 
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THEN.....
 
NOT CONTENT WITH STUFFING OUR CUPBOARDS, TOM AND OFFICE STAFF AGREED TO SUSPEND CHRISTMAS CARD MAILINGS AND DONATE THE SAVINGS TO US. HERE HE IS PRESENTING A $500 CHECK TO CHAIRMAN GUY, ENOUGH TO SUPPLY TWO FAMILIES FOR A YEAR WITH SHOPRITE GIFT CARDS AND SUPPLEMENTARY FRESH FOOD.
THANKS TO ALL AT WHARFSIDE CHIROPRACTIC,
TRUE FRIENDS OF THE FOOD BANK.
 
 
 
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LACEY HIGH SCHOOL  CHEERLEADERS ELECT  MR TOUCHDOWN
And the winners are Anthony Caputo - Mr. Touchdown
 AND the Lacey Food Bank!
Seen here are Cheerleader Jessica Woolley and "her" football player Anthony Caputo presenting a $1,000 check to co- chairmen of the Lacey Food Bank, Pete Peters and Laura Caroccia.
This creative fund raiser assigns each cheerleader a fooball player. She then sets out to"sell"  the most money for her man. This year, Jessica triumphed with a total of over $400 with the Football Foundation adding more to make the total $1,000. This means that four food bank families will receive monthly supplemental fresh food and a $10 ShopRite gift card for the next year.
 
Which is why we consider the Football Foundation anESTEEMED SPONSOR and a FOFB
( Friend of the food  bank  )
 
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THE INTERGENERATIONAL CLUB
"Seniors and juniors coming together"
 
During the week of November 16-20, 2009 the Forked River, Cedar Creek, Lanoka Harbor and Mill Pond schools had a Paper Goods Drive as an Intergenerational club project. On November 23 the club members from these schools along with their teacher club members and senior club members met at the Lacey Food Bank and sorted the boxes and bags collected. The children learned first hand about how the food bank is stocked and how the food is distributed. It was a very educational experience for all who attended

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 Each year, the little yellow school bus comes rolling in,
filled with good cheer and lots of "stuff" too. 

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A chain gang works the best. Come on guys,
tote that box.

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Now THAT is a lot of paper goods !
And for that, we thank you.
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Sorting and shelving helps the storesmaster.

Max McAvoy, Robbie McAvoy, Brianne Mitchell,
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Ashley Tonon, missing from pic: Kylie Weissenburger

Robbie McAvoy (Teen Coordinator), Devon Ostermann,
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Roger Hopson, Danny McAvoy,Donna McAvoy, Victoria Werring, Justina Tulino, Ashley Tonon

MEET THE LACEY FOOD BANK "LEAFERS"

The energies of our teen volunteers was put to task this past weekend when the Teen Squad, coordinated by LTHS Senior Rob McAvoy, took to the rakes and cleaned up the leaves and debris from our most senior client's yards. Accompanied by Food Bank volunteer Donna McAvoy, these community minded young people, raked and bagged more than 120 bags of leaves in the few hours that it wasn't raining!! Thank you Robbie and Friends!!  (They did 9 houses in 2 short days - in between the rain!)

LET'S ALL DO THE TURKEY TROT !

The 1st Annual Prince of Peace Turkey Trot was held Thanksgiving Morning in Gille Park. More than 140 racers participated in this first ever Lacey event. Coordinated by Wendi Fuller of Prince of Peace and emceed by Pastor Anthony, the Lacey Food Bank will share in the race proceeds with Starve Poverty. Food Bank Volunteers Pete Peters, Laura Caroccia, Donna McAvoy, and teen volunteers Jenna Caroccia and Rob McAvoy spent their Thanksgiving morning at the Food Bank table, getting to know these fine folks and collecting a bounty of food...enough to fill a big blue barrel!

Thank You, Prince of Peace Church for caring and sharing with your Lacey neighbors!!

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HERE'S OUR OWN  LAURA CAROCCIA ACCEPTING AN $1800  CHECK FROM PASTOR ANTHONY ON BEHALF OF THE FOOD BANK - OUR SHARE OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE TURKEY TROT, THE OTHER HALF GOING TO THE INTERNATIONAL " STARVE POVERTY" PROJECT. 
 
ALONG WITH THIS MAGNIFICENT  GIFT,  PRINCE OF PEACE ALSO DONATED GIFT CARDS FROM LOCAL PIZZA PARLORS, APPLEBEES AND PERKINS. WHICH WILL MAKE GOOD GIFTS  FOR SOME OF THE FOOD BANK KID TEENS WHO RARELY GET TO HAND OUT AFTER SCHOOL WITH PIZZA. MANY THANKS TO TURKEY TROT COORDINATOR, WENDI FLYNN, PASTOR ANTHONY AND THE CONGREGATION - THEY ARE ON OUR OFFICIAL LIST OF  FOFB'S.
 
 
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Waging a good war

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And they're off ! Doing the Turkey Trot

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 Rob & Jenna - LFB teen volunteers

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Pals Donna & Laura talking "turkey"

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AMERGEN EMPLOYEES HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
Arriving mid morning on Tuesday, between the visit from the Intergenerational Club and the presentation of the Lacey Cheerleaders gift were Amergen employees Russ and Kelly bearing over 20 big boxes of food. Plant employees do this each year and this drive is one of the reasons we manage to meet the demands on us, not only during the holidays, but going into the winter season.Thanks to all.

 
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ROTARY'S GIFT  c. 2009
Each year we get bigger and each year our friends at Rotary grow with us in meeting the demand. Coordinating for months, they arrive at Communitdy Hall  early in the morning, with a truckload of turkeys,  dinner "fixin's" and a posse of help from the Junior Rotarian service club "Interact" from Lacey High School. 
 
The scene is bedlam as the teens spread out and form chain gangs of turkeys, the stuffing & gravies, yams, potatoes, peas, rolls and always the pies. When the doors open and the eager clients rush in , they are dazzled by the wealth of food in the room for their regular bags are there, too. Thakfully, the teens & volunteers help them out with their bounty. During all of this, volunteers and John Kilmurrays staff on Recreation load the bus with everying, to be delivered to the homebound throughout Lacey  Township.
 
This well choreographed operation gets better every year  with volunteers from Rotary, Food Bank, & Interact aided by the Lacey Recreation  Department working together for the Gift from the Community.  Our heartfelt thanks to all.

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LTHS INTERACT CLUB THANKSGIVING 2009

TURKEY TRUCK DOWNLOAD
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ROTARY TURKEY DINNERS ARRIVE

TURKEY BUS UPLOAD
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FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER KEITH GALLAGHER
LOADING UP THANKSGIVING TO THE HOMEBOUND CLIENTS, COURTESY OF THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT BUS CREW.

THE INTERACT" PIE" GIRLS
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WHAT'S THANKSGIVING WITHOUT PIE?
(LOTS AND LOTS OF PIES)

COOPERATIVE EFFORT BY ALL
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Three key players -  Bunnie McCauly, LTHS Interact Advisor, Jack Ryan,  Lacey Township  Recreation Bus Driver, and Joanne Norton, Lacey Food Bank Volunteer.

THE TURKEY GIRLS
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NOT THE WEAKER SEX FOR SURE, THESE TEENS LUGGED AND LIFTED  OVER A TON OF TURKEYS PLUS TH FIXIN'S

A W HIRL OF ACTIVITY
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MOVING ALL THOSE BAGS MAKES YOU HUNGRY
PIE ANY ONE?

ROSA & TOM
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WITH THEIR MENAGERIE

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY TO THE LTEA

 The calendar may have said it was Halloween but the number of stuffed animals collected by Tom DiPalma, 2nd VP of the Lacey Township Education Association reminded us that  the Holiday Season was fast approaching.

 

3 large bags of stuffed animals were presented by Tom to Food Bank Kid Committee member Rosa Steitz  at the LTEA office.  These toys will be distributed at the December food distribution. 

 

The mission of the Food Bank Kids Christmas Program is to insure every child on our client list receives at least 1 new toy and 1 new article of clothing for Christmas.  Many thanks to the Lacey LTEA

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ANNUAL BOY SCOUT FOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS
DESPITE A WINDY RAINY START TO THE DAY, THE SCOUTS MANAGED TO GET OUT THERE AND CAME UP WITH  530  (and still counting) BAGS OF FOOD FROM A SUPPORTIVE LACEY COMMUNITY. CARS STREAMED INTO THE PARKING LOT OF THE FOOD BANK FROM 10-2 , AS WAITING VOLUNTEERS SEPARATED AND SHELVED THE DONATIONS.
 
WE ONLY WISH WE COULD IDENTIFY THE TROOPS AND SCOUTS  IN THE PICTURES, IT GETS SO HECTIC THAT IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN. MAYBE NEXT EYAR WE WILL ASSIGN THE PHOTOGRAPHER A "SCRIBE".... MEANWHILE SCOUTS, YOUR GRANDPARENTS WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE WHEN YOU SEND THEM THIS WEBSITE.........
 
TWO OTHER  VISITORS SHOWED UP TO ADD TO THE CONTROLLED CHAOS. SHOWN BELOW ARE BRITTANY KNOERDEL, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF LACY HIGH SCHOOL'S STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION WITH A TRUNK FILLED WITH FOOD DONATED BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND THOMAS DON FROM THE US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY BEARING A CHECK FOR $500.
 
AS WE GO INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON IT IS SO HEARTENING
 TO RECEIVE THIS SUPPORT. THANKS TO ALL FOR THEIR GENEROUSITY.
 
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LHS Student Government Association President
 Brittany Knoerdel
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GOOD JOB SCOUTS & LEADERS !

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CODY- PACK   35

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US Coast Guard Auxiliary represented by Thomas Don
presented a  $500 donation to  Chairman Guy Burnett

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THE OCTOBER DISTRIBUTON WAS EXCITING FOR ALL. JEAN SULLIVAN'S  BOY SCOUT TROOP #156 CAME BY WITH OVER 60 HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR THE FOOD BANK KIDS. ALONG WITH THE COSTUMES, EVERYBODY RECEIVED A PUMPKIN FROM BOB PORCELLINI, LANOKA FARMS  AND BAGS OF APPLES FROM THE WOMEN OF THE FORKED RIVER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.  THANKS TO ALL OF  YOU FOR MAKING THE DAY A B IT MORE FESTIVE.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF VOLUNTEER CREATIVITY
Recognize the woman in the picture with Jim & Joanne Joeriman? (see below for aswer) And how did we happen to receive two checks from this notable person - one made out for $240. in honor of  Jim  & Joanne as esteemed sponsors, and one for $400. on her own behalf ? Well Jim, manager of Caldwell Banker Riviera Realty, has a favorite motto "It is better to fall short of a high mark, than to reach a low one" - H.C. Payne  and his success as a realtor as well as the result of this recent exercise in fund raising surely proves out. Diddling around on the computer he designed a website for this notable and sent it on with the offer that if she wanted to use it, he'd sell her the rights to the domain and the website design for a donation to the Lacey Food Bank. And as you can see, it proved to be  successful and is probably the most unusual fund raising we've ever experienced. Thanks to former NJ Governor , Christine Todd Whitman,  for being a good sport and for her generous contribution and thanks to Jim & Joanne for all their hard work on our behalf.

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WALMART COMES TO TOWN
THE LONG AWAITED GRAND OPENING THIS PAST WEEK WAS A ROARING SUCCESS.  FOOD BANK "DIGNITARIES" - CHAIRMAN GUY BURNETT, VICE CHAIRMEN PETE PETERS AND LAURA CAROCCIA  AND STORESMASTER DICK SANSONE WERE INVITED TO THE PRE-OPENING ON MONDAY NIGHT AND WERE GIFTED WITH A CHECK FROM WALMART  FOR $5,000. (THAT WILL BUY A LOT OF SOUP THIS WINTER)
 
ALONG WITH THE CHECK TO THE FOOD BANK MANY OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS WERE GIFTED - FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF $21,000 FROM THE NEW GUYS IN TOWN. PRESENTING THE CHECK TO GUY WAS STORE MANAGER GEORGE SMITH JR.
 
 OUR THANKS TO THE WAL MART FOUNDATION FOR THEIR GENEROUSITY AND TO LOCAL MANAGEMENT AND ASSOCIATES FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY. 

LOOK AT THAT BIGGGG CHECK !
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MANAGER GEORGE SMITH, JR. GUY BURNETT & DICK SANSONE

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DICK , PETE , GUY & LAURA WERE THERE

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APPLE FESTIVAL TIME 
THIS IS ONE OF LACY'S SHINING EVENTS. HELD BY THE LACEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, WE KNOW THAT FALL IS COMING WHEN THE SIGNS GO UP. THE WEATHER WAS GLORIOUS, THE BANDS WERE OUT & PARTICPATION WAS HIGH. THE PIES? OUT OF SIGHT!
 
 THE LACEY FOOD BANK GAVE OUT "WE LOVE LACEY FOOD BANK BALLOONS"  POWERED UP BY HELIUM DONATED BY JIM JOERIMAN
FROM CALDWELL BANKERS RIVIERA  REALTY (THANKS JIM JOERIMAN)  
THIS WAS A BIG HIT WITH THE YOUNGSTERS.
 
THANKS TO OUR GREAT VOLUNTEERS FOR REPRESENTING THE LACY FOOD BANK AND TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EVENT, HAROLD ) PETE ) PETERS FOR BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER ALONG WITH TAKING THIS GALLERY OF PHOTOS THROUGHT THE DAY.
 
 

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JEFF & ANDREA

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THE BOSS CHECKS IN TO SET UP

THE PERFECT TEAM
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JOE & JOAN

JOANNE
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AKA THE BALLOON LADY

CUTE LITTLE CUSTOMER
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STEPHANIE STULICA

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LACEY H.S. BAND

CLAP HANDS EVERYONE
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GEORGE TAKING A BREAK

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PENNY'S HERE TOO

JUDY IS TYING UP ALL THOSE BALLOONS
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MICKEY & JOHN

WHAT A GAL
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ANDREA STAYED TO THE END

THE BEST OF LACEY
If your were out and around in Gille Park on the the first day of Fall, you might have noticed this merry band of Food Bank volunteers, kicking off the busy holiday season with a coming together picnic. Organized by Vice Chairman Harold (Pete) Peters, it was a resounding success. The Storesmaster provided the dogs and the bugers, and the ladies piled the table up with salads and desserts. We are being indulgent by plastering the site with pictures (hey they deserve some recognition, right?)   
 
Plus a request from your  webmaster - help fill in the blanks of names please and identify yourself or your fellow diners if I have missed them?
 

GRILLMASTER JOHN
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SEE DICK EAT PASTA SALAD
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SEE DICK EAT LOTS OF PASTA SALAD : )

JUDY & JOANNE &
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LORELLE AND VALERIE WERE THERE

JOAN & JOE
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JACK & DOROTHY

GAL PALS ROSA, LAURA & ROSALIE
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BERT & JOAN

MICKEY & JOHN , MARION
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& JOHN & ELEANOR BIDWELL.

JOHN & STEPHANIE, LFB #1 VOLUNTEER STEFFIE,
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& MR. & MRS. POCONO JOE

THINGS ARE SMOKING
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GRILLING GUYS JOHN & PETE

A HOT GAME OF HORSESHOES
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John & Jeff up and ready

DIG IN EVERYBODY
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WHAT'S BETTER THAN A TRUCKLOAD OF FOOD?
That's an easy answer for sure  - TWO truckloads of food. Delivered to our door by VFW Post 10118 the  result of the generousity of the vets during their annual family day picnic. This has become an annual tradition for them and one roundly appreciated by storesmaster Dick Sansone who has had a hard job keeping our shelves filled lately. Thanks guys.
 
And to our star neighborhood food gatherer, Janice Celmer, we thank you for your faithful and generous  offerings.

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Friends with a cause

HOORAY FOR THE FORKED RIVER BREAKFAST CLUB
This neighborhood combines social pleasure with a good cause... US! Their bountiful food collection surfaced once again this month with Bonnie and Barbara D'Amato dropping off over 200 pounds of food. What a great idea for other neighborhoods and friends to emulate..Thanks guys.
(no, this pic isn't of them, but of another breakfast social group doing good deeds too)

 
 
BACK TO SCHOOL DAY A BIG SUCCESS !
THE FOOD BANK KIDS AND THEIR MOMS WERE HAPPY CAMPERS DURING  AUGUST'S  DISTRIBUTION DAY. CHAIRWOMAN DONNA AND HER COMMITTEE, ROSA AND DEBBIE PULLED OUT ALL STOPS WITH A HUGE ARRAY OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR ALL AGES.
 
 FOOD BANK KID CHAIRLADY, SALLY MAC,  ENLISTED THE HELP OF THE WOMEN OF CURVES TO ADD TO THE BOUNTY, A GIFT THEY'VE GIVEN THE FOOD BANK KIDS FOR SIX YEARS NOW. IN ALL, IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, WITH LATECOMERS ON SATURDAY STILL EAGERLY POARING OVER THE REMAINING FOUR BOXES OF SUPPLIES.
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED AND CONTRIBUTED.

THEN THERE WERE PENCILS, PENS, RULERS, GLUE, TAPE
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NOTEBOOKS, CRAYONS, AND ALL THAT OTHER GOOD STUFF.
GOOD JOB, WELL DONE
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ROSA, DONNA & DEBBIE
HEY KIDS
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BOOK BAGS FOR ALL

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THE SALAD DAYS OF SUMMER
Thanks to our friends from Shoprite, everyone received a bag of salad greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and salad dressing during the August distribution. This is the fourth summer that Shoprite has sponsored this event. Thanks to Perlmart Inc. and the Wakefern Corp for being friends to the needy.

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FROM LITTLE ACORNS DO BIG OAKS GROW... THIS MONTH'S PERKINS BENEFIT NETTED THE FOOD BANK $91.74. THE FRIENDS OF THE FOOD BANK  DID THEIR SHARE, AND WE HAVE THE EQUIVLANT OF 100 CANS OF TUNA FISH ! THANKS TO LAURA FOR ARRANGING THIS EVENT AND TO THOSE WHO SHOWED UP - WE FIGURE THAT WITH AN AVERAGE CHECK OF $20, WE HAD ABOUT 30 TABLES OF FOOD BANK FANS..

LACEY DAY, 2009
WE CAME, WE MET OUR FANS, AND THE FAITHFUL MANNED THE BOOTH. A HOT SUNNY DAY AS USUAL, BUT FUN FOR ALL AS WE "FLYER-ED" THE CROWD.
 
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DICK , PETE AND JOHN

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JUDY, NATALIE AND (IN SPIRIT ONLY) JOANNE

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MARION & FRED

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MICKEY, NATALIE & JOHN

Check out our handsome booth
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DICK, GUY & JOHN

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Tickets to Perkins for August 24 th

COWABUNGA ICE CREAM MOVIE NIGHT
What could be nicer on a hot summer night than a movie and icecream? Thanks to Cowabunga's owners, Ellen &  Ed Schack, because  their  creative  tie in for the food bank garnered us a whole barrel of food.  Thanks to all of you from all of the volunteers and clients of the food bank. Community support and awareness is what enables us to continue to do our job.

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COWABUNGA OWNER, ED SCHANK

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ADMISSION ? HOW ABOUT A CAN OF TUNA?

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LACEY'S OWN DRIVE IN MOVIE THEATER!

LACEY LIBRARY HELPS KICK OFF THE FOOD BANK
 KID'S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Check out the long tables piled high with  books for the kids summer  reading program.  Chairlady Rosa Steitz, asssisted by Donna McAvoy, Laura Caroccia & Maryann Pietruska solicited the books from the public with the majority collected from the personal libraries of students from the  elementary schools and Lacey High.
 
 Lacy library staff Linda and Carol set up "shop" and assisted all ages  in appying for a library card.
 
The program will continue thoughout the summer and is extremely popular with the moms and the kids who eagerly pour over the offerings. The committee is also considering doing this for all the clients by offering adult paperbacks and magazines at monthly distributions. Keep tuned in for an announcement. Meanwhile, thanks to all who donated their books.

TWO LOVELY LACEY LIBRARIANS
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SAY HELLO TO LINDA & CAROL

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LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS

(l - r) DONNA, LAURA, MARYANN
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BOOK CHAIRLADY ROSA & HER SON ANDREW.

LACEY SOCCER CLUB - F.O.F.B.
(SEE "GARAGE SALE" FOR STORY) 

CHRIS TONKOVICH, KEVIN KAZENMAYER
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SHANNON KAZENMAYER, KAITLYN ELIAS , CHAIRMAN GUY

LACEY FOOD BANK LOVES THEIR TEEN VOLUNTEERS
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SECOND ANNUAL GARAGE SALE A SUCCESS !
Yard sale coordinator(and food bank VP)  Pete Peters, reports that our second annual yard sale netted the Lacey Food Bank over $1,000 with Lacey residents  pouring in, not only to donate their used treasures, but to pick up bargains galore.
 
Lacey  Food Bank teen volunteers Jenna Caroccia and Robbie McAvoy showed up early with a gaggle of energetic LHS peers, and set up all the tables (after dragging them over from the FR Firehouse) The more senior of the volunteer crew sure loved seeing  them arrive. Ah, as Ray Romano's dad said... "The smell of youth" : )
 
LFB volunteers were troopers, staying to the end. Dedicated storesmaster Dick, despite being ill for many days,wobbled in and performed the highest skill of haggling known to man. The guys, Bert, Don, Pete & Guy did the lifting and moving, The food bank women Andrea, Donna and Laura collected the cash, set up "stuff" took down "stuff" &  peddled soda and bagels with cream cheese to the hungry crowd. Stalwart Rose came for the morning and only left because she had duties to perform at the church.
 
And while all of this was going on, Chairman Guy switched back & forth  from one location to the other , leavng the food bank van at Hebrew Park so the Lacey Soccer Club could fill it with food gathered by the players for the annual family day picnic held the club. When the van was picked up, it was indeed laden with a generous supply of food and coach Chris T. informed the food bank that a collection was held with a grand sum of $300. for us. The youth of this community give and give, and we estimate that as much as a third of the food on our shelves comes from them.
 
Not to be ignored were the Kilmurray kids - Ryan, Meghan & Erin- who came by with a gift check to honor their Aunt Anne Marie Dorso's birthday. The entire Dorso family supports us and are true FOFB (friends of the food bank) Anne has asked her family to forgo gifts and honor her via  the food bank project "Memorials & Celebrations"  . Last Christmas, in lieu of their holiday "Polyanna" round of gift giving, the family bought clothing for the food bank kid's Christmas table. Good folks the Dorsos, don't you agree?  
 
In all June 13th was a great day.

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RYAN, MEGHAN & ERIN KILMURRAY

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE LACEY FOOD BANK

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VOLUNTEER DONNA MCAVOY & FOOD BANK "VEEP"
LAURA CAROCCIA PLIED THE CROWD WITH FLIERS AND BAGELS.

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THERE'S SOME SERIOUS NEGOTIATING GOING ON HERE
WITH ANDREA & PETE DISPLAYING THEIR WARES. 

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OOF, HEY CAPTAIN  PETE, WHERE'S YOUR INDIANS?

LHS STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
Meet SGA members, Brian Coleman and Steve Torre who stopped by this week with a van overflowing with yet another collection of food for us. This ongoing project, fostered by the SGA and supported by LHS students and faculty is part of the overall impact that Lacey Schools, town wide, have on our stock. We estimated that at least 35% of our food comes from elementary & high schools, scout, church & youth group food drives. This is such a needed and worthy effort on the part of all ,  and for that, we thank you.

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Brian Coleman & Steve Torre

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17th Annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive
Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the
nation and probably the world.

Entering its 17th year, this year’s drive was May 9. The effort by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers has resulted in delivery of nearly one billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 16 years.
 
The Lacey Food Bank is fortunate to be included as recipients of food collected by the Lakehurst Post Office &  Postmaster Al Kloza. This year we were gifted by three full mail trucks of food.  Anf for that we thank all of them for their committment in this war against hunger.

Here is how it worked. Chairman Guy, Storesmaster Dick and Snoopy Burnett, the food bank dog, journeyed out to a park in Whiting, and sat on a bench in the shade while waiting for the trucks to pull in. As they started arriving, the alert was sounded by Snoopy in what has to be a Westie's best dream. Not just one mailman and truck but three of them - Oh Joy. One wily driver quickly bought his silence by throwing him a dog biscuit. (the Chairman will have to teach that boy manners lest he disgrace the Burnett name)  

After driving home to the food bank, the crew was met by a volunteers who unloaded the truck and carried the food into the building. They then sorted & shelved for four hours, discarding out of date or opened packages. Good team work guys & gals.

 

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Lakehurst Postal Carrier John
was the first one in

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Volunteers John, Snoopy & Dick
(Aren't there any puperoni's in this whole truckload?)

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The happy back up crew - 
Meet Tom, Valerie K, Dick, Bert in rear, Briana and Valerie O.

CUB SCOUT PACK 35  DISHES OUT THE SPAGHETTI
For the bargain price of $5.00 for all you could eat, the evening was a big success - for the pack & for happy diners including  Storesmaster Dick, as he happily forked his way through a mound of spaghetti. Then left with the food collected for us .
A win win occasion. Thanks to all of you ~ cubs, parents and patrons. 

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800 POUNDS = a LOT of food .
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CURVES DOES IT AGAIN !
Every March, Curves franchises nationwide collect food  for local  food pantries. The Women of Curves at our Lacey Mall  location super excel at this and we count them among the Friend's of the Food Bank. They also join in the food bank kids back to school supplies and  the Holiday toy drive.  Shown here is Anna Dorso, with some of the over 800 pounds of food collected throughout the month. That will keep our shelves full for a while. Thanks ladies, we appreciate everything you do.

Brownie Troop 238
Came by the Food Bank recently with cartons of sweet treats for the clients.. boxes galore of  unsold Girl Scout Cookies.  Escorted by their leader, Caroline King were Abby, Kayla, Kayla and Emily. After presentation, the girls were given a tour of the food bank by Storesmaster Dick Sansone. Not shown, but greeting the girls was Snoopy Burnett, the food bank dog, a handsome devil who loves the attention he gets from visitors. Thank  you  Troop 238, you are good Scouts.
 
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Penny Shank's Brownie Troop #477 made, " with love", Easter candy bags for the clients . Thank you Cassie, Erica, April, Angela, Adrienne, Daria, Kayla, Sierra, Samantha, Charlotte and Carley. You are good little Easter bunnies.
 
And thanks to our friends from the Forked River Breakfast Group, who stopped by with their latest collection of "social" food... which they collect when they meet, greet & eat. Wouldn't it be nice if that idea spread through out the Land of Lacey?
 
 
 
 
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HOORAY ! 1500 POUNDS OF CORNED BEEF WERE SOLD
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SOLD AT CAFFREY'S ON ST.PATRICK'S DAY

'TIS SHAMROCK TIME AT CAFFREYS
Three cheers for our old & dear esteemed sponsor as they go for the green (& the gold) throughout the whole month - the "gold"  then bestowed  on the Lacey Food Bank. For those not in the know, CAFFREY's kept the food bank afloat when all was almost lost 9 years ago.
 
So we urge all of you to drop in , buy a shamrock for $1,  & have a great meal (order before six o'clock and you'll be offered half price drinks and appetizers.) Then tell owners, Joe DePasquale and Dan Coleman "THANKS for being a good friend to the Lacey Food Bank & it's clients.."
 
 

PTA VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE SCORES BIG FOR FOOD BANK
 
The PTA fundraiser offered patrons a good deal, bring in food and get a free ticket. And just look at this pile of food ! (note storesmaster Dick lurking in the background, guarding his loot)
 
Teams from Forked River, Cedar Creek , Lanoka Harbor and Mill Pond schools met at Lacey High School for the event.  It's a win for the PTA and for us.  Lacey schools and students are THE movers and shakers for the food bank coming up with the most creative and amazing ways of gathering food, and for that we thank all of you.

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Meet PTA Volunteers Tina Swain,Terry Stesney & little RJ Stesny.

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CEDAR CREEK ELEMENTARY SCORES AT
"SOUPER"  BOWL MONDAY
Thanks to coordinators Jude Hadly and Ann Peck along with their fellow teachers and staff at Cedar Creek Elementary, the food bank is $130 richer -along with a bonus of 3 big boxes of food for our shelves. Lunch time found everyone lined up in the staff room with their $2. bowls , trying to choose from crockpots full of steaming home made soup. We thank all of you so much for this "souper"  way of giving us support. 
 
 
 

MEET DEBBIE LIMA'S GIRL SCOUT TROOP 263 
 OUR FIRST VISITORS IN 2009
 
THE LACEY FOOD BANK  IS OFFERING TOURS FOR  LACEY SCOUT, CHURCH & SCHOOL GROUPS . YOUNGSTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING ALONG A  CAN OR BOX OF FOOD.
 
WHILE VISITING, THEY'LL HELP SORT THE FOOD, LEARN ABOUT THE FOOD BANK AND THE PEOPLE IT SERVES AND WHEN POSSIBLE BE GREETED BY SNOOPY BURNETT, THE OFFICIAL MASCOT OF THE LACEY FOOD BANK.
 
GROUPS CAN CALL THE FOOD BANK AT 242-2848 FOR INFORMATION AND TO SCHEDULE A TOUR.
 
This article and future groups will be featured on our new web page  "FOOD BANK TOURS"
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GIRL SCOUT TROOP 263

STORESMASTER DICK'S
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TOUR OF THE FOOD BANK

MY GOODNESS, THERE ARE REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS AND FOOD HIDDEN EVERYWHERE.

GETTING TO WORK
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NOW SCOUTS, LISTEN UP. THE FRUIT GOES WITH THE FRUIT, AND THE PEAS GO WITH THE PEAS. BUT WHERE DOES THE SALAD DRESSING GO? 

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TEAM ONE

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TEAM TWO !
SNOOPY, THE FOOD BANK DOG
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GIVES THE GIRLS KISSY LICKIES !

OKAY SCOUTS, IT'S LUNCH TIME
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I'M OUT OF HERE !

BOOSTERS GIVE US A BOOST !
Hooray for the Lacey High School Booster Club. While holding their annual major fund raising event, the Chinese Auction, they included food and $$ donations for the food bank. Here is how is works. Attendees who bring a can or package of food, receive $1.00 off their admittance fee, or $1.00 of each  full paid admission goes to us. This year we received 7 big crates of food along with $150 from the admittance fees. Big thanks from all of us to  the Boosters and to new president, Veronica Keene , shown here with Judy Coleman, chairperson of the gift committe. We appreciate you thinking of us.

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Veronica Keene & Judy Coleman

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GOOD NEIGHBORS
When the wintery winds blow and the sleet, snow & rain come down, food distribution day can get downright uncomfortable for food bank clients waiting outside. The solution? To somehow make room for everyone, inside Community Hall while keeping an orderly progression.
 
Stepping up to plate were our co-tenants at the food bank, Deer Head Lake H.S. students, Matt Muckelston, and Dave Hughes and their teacher, Skip Peters. Look at the fine job they did in making stanchions  for us that are  just as professional as the ones in the movie theaters !
Thanks for the good deed, guys.

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Matt, Skip Peters & Dave

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THE "A'S" HAVE IT
 
CLAP HANDS FOR PAT ALLEN
OUR FIRST ESTEEMED SPONSOR  FOR 2009
& VERA AIELLO
WHO SIGNED UP FOR HER 8TH YEAR AS A MONTHLY SPONSOR.
 
RIGHT BEHIND THEM ARE MR. & MRS. GERARD BENVENUTO,
 (the 5th year for them)  RICH & MARGARET FROM THE  HAUSWIRTH INSURANCE AGENCY (their sixth year) &  ROBERT RIGGS CHARITABLE TRUST (his 4th) RICHARD BARGLOSKI (his 5th)
& the 2nd year for LAURA & JENNA CAROCCIA, &
the Ladies Auxiliary FORKED RIVER TUNA CLUB.
 
+ NEW SIGNUPS, JOANNE & RICHARD LOTT ;
 LACEY HIGH SCHOOL PTSA &
THE LACEY TOWNSHIP EDUCATION ASSOCIATION.
 
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR .
 
 

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BunnyMcGauley, Guy Burnett, Mark Iannini

A New Year and a new Esteemed Sponsor.  Chairman Guy was delighted to receive a visit from Mark Iannini, President of the Lacey Township Education Association and treasurer Bunny McGauley. They presented  $500 worth of ShopRite  gift cards .. Mark is a Master Teacher of History at Lacey High and Mrs. McCauley is a paraprofessional at the high school who has devoted her academic life to the multiple handicapped children. We give sincere thanks for your support.

Food Bank Volunteers Meet , Greet, and Eat !
The annual food bank volunteer luncheon is a time for the volunteers to break bread with each other, get to know those they might not know because Monday volunteeers don't see Thursday volunteers, and Friday set up people, don't see the big blue crew people, etc. Always it is at Caffreys, whose owners Dan Coleman and Joe DePasqale are two of our biggest supporters and have been since day one. There are so many of us, it is a bit of a squeeze... maybe we can get them to add on a room !
 
The chairman bopped around, took pictures of lots of backs of heads but captured almost everybody.  Thanks to Rose Furbeck for arranging this each year.
 
And now, "Presenting Lacey's finest volunteer Force............January 2009"
 
 

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