HAROLD "PETE" PETERS - JANUARY 2017
It's been my pleasure for the
past 12 years to be part of 97 volunteers all of whom help to make our Lacey Food Bank possible. It's heart warming to be
able to help over 280 families fight hunger. We are thankful and grateful to so many local businesses and local folks who
support the cause with foods and monetary donations. Because of this help, and allocated foods from the U.S.D.A. we're able
to keep our heads above water. This allows us to help each family monthly with approximately 50 to 60 lbs of food , a $10
ShopRite grocery card for perishables, and an extra $25 grocery card at Christmas.
It takes a lot of behind the scenes work during the weeks prior to
distribution to make this end product successful. They keep our food bank open every weekday between 10 am and noon, and a
few Saturdays , they use their own vehicles to pick up local foods, they work extra hours to inspect, sort, stock, and bag
these tons of food. They keep watch of our refrigerators and freezers, answer phone calls, take care of issuing emergency
food for those in need, and the work goes on and on.
We are seeking certain folks with this same passion who care to care
to others. Stop in for a tour during our open hours 10 am to noon daily and say hello.
Wishing everyone reading this, a Healthy, Happy New Year.
Co-chairman’s Message – Ed Weisbrot January
The Lacey food Bank was busier than ever in 2016. We
distributed food to families; school supplies and Christmas presents for kids. In conjunction with Lacey Township’s
churches, we helped feed nutritious lunches to kids over the summer months.
One initiative many are not familiar with is our
Social Services program. Sometimes our clients have unexpected strains on their already tight budgets. Sudden illness or loss
of employment can lead to decisions like paying the rent or repairing the car, or which utility bill can be put off the longest
before service is disconnected.
The Lacey food Bank has a limited amount of funds
to help out with a rent or utility payment, a car repair or a used appliance.
When donors contribute to our food bank, we ask
that a small portion of their contribution be earmarked for Social Services. Sometimes it is just the help a client needs
to get them over a rough patch and back on their feet again.It is
very gratifying to be able to help others less fortunate. Won't you lend a hand?
THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
The Lacey Food Bank has formed a new non-food committee under "Social Services"-
as a way of helping clients who are going through a crisis, whether it be the loss of refrigeration in the middle of the summer,
a car repair, a broken appliance, eviction, utility shutoff, or a multitude of other problems that a small act of kindness
can solve. To become involved in this committee please contact :
Emergency Fund Chairman, Ed Weisbrot 609-693-1085
Requests for help will go through our committee of clergymen\trustees.
To contribute to this special fund, use the Visa \ Paypal option or Or
send us a check the old fashioned way, made out to the Lacey Food Bank, 818 W. Lacey Rd Forked River, NJ 08731 and note
on the bottom of check - "emergency fund" .
YOU WILL FEEL SO GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF!
We are often asked what we need. And the answer is just about everything. To download
& print a copy of this list for your school, organization or neighborhood, clink on the link below the list.
Lacey Food Bank Needs:
Do you have a couple of hours a month to help the Lacey Food Bank find, complete and
submit grant applications for corporate and charitable funding? As an on-line, on-going project,
this is a work from home opportunity, perfect for the detail oriented. Are you a responsible college student looking
to fulfill community service obligations? Or perhaps you're someone who finds our regular volunteer schedule
to be in conflict with your personal availability. Recently retired? Don't let those business skills go to
waste! Familiarity with grant writing is a plus! Please call 609-242-2848 and leave a message for Co-chair
Pete or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thanks!!
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE DONATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE
The generosity of our Lacey Community is what keeps the Lacey
Food Bank going and growing. We would ask however that you not leave your donations outside the building. We try
to have a volunteer on site Monday, through Friday from 10 AM - Noon. If we are closed, please
call 609-242-2848 and we will be happy to make other arrangements. Food donations left outside overnight or over
a weekend are subject not only to the weather but also are attraction for pests and animals. Many times, these
donations must be thrown out.
Please help us by contributing donations other than food to
the appropriate charities.We do not have the storage space or the manpower to handle clothing or other household
donations at this time.
Thanks for your support!! Laura Caroccia, LFB