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Lacey Township Food Bank

2017 Newsletter

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CO-CHAIRMEN ED WEISBROT & HAROLD "PETE" PETERS WELCOME YOU TO THE LACEY FOOD BANK. CHECK HERE ON THE NEWSLETTER PAGE AS WE WORK OUR WAY THROUGH THE YEAR.

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The Moose lodge of Lacey has again went over the top with another donation to the food bank. Last year they purchased an IED (defibrillator) for the food bank, and now gave us $1000 in support of our Food Bank. Here, co-chair Pete is receiving and saying thanks to all members after Deputy Mayer Nick Juliano presented the check.

The Moose lodge also donated to other non-profits here in the twp, including the fire houses of Forked River, Lanoka Harbor,Bamber, Lacey Police public benefit league, EMT of Lacey and Forked River, and several other groups.

We are proud of all our civic groups here in Lacey.

Stamp Out Hunger

The Forked River Post Office participated in the nation wide food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger. Mail patrons were asked to leave a bag of non perishable food by their mailbox.

Despite the horrendous weather, residents and the men and women postal workers collected a whole mail truck of food for the Lacey Food Bank. Thanks from the Lacey Food Bank and the clients we serve.

Forked RIver Post Office Stamp Out Hunger

Forked RIver Post Office Stamp Out Hunger

Ocean First Bank $1000 Donation

Special Thanks!!

Ocean First Bank presented a $1000 donation in support of the Lacey Food Bank. It's folks like these that keep us going. Thank you for your generous support of the Lacey Community and our Food Bank!
(Pictured Left to right - LFB o-Chairman Pete Peters, LFB Office Manager Ginger Lowe, Kauren Dezzi, VP Business Development, Ocean First, & Cynthia Pieja, CPA & LFB Trustee)

Annual LFB Volunteer "Thank You" Lunch

LFB Volunteer Lunch

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Co-chairman Pete MC'd the affair where a special thanks went to Laura, Dick and Ed. Ed was given the "over and above" where he wore a special crown, was awarded the term of "Sir" for the duration of the luncheon because of his generous efforts given to not only the Food Bank, but for his other activities as Social Service, Church soup kitchen, therapy dog sessions, and other passions.

Approximately 60 volunteers attended our annual "thank you" luncheon where about 30 door prizes were awarded and pictured above shows the happy winners.

Everyone enjoyed the wonderful meal provided by Debbie at the Captains Inn.~JB

April marks National Volunteer Month and whether they are breaking down donations or breaking bread together, there are few people more dedicated to serving the needs of this community than the volunteers at the Lacey Food Bank.

Special thanks yesterday was extended to Debbie Davies and Tabetha Crawford of Pet Valu who every month contribute a carload of dry and canned dog, cat and other pet foods and necessities. As this year's "Friend of the Food Bank", we and our clients have come to depend on them to help us keep the family pets with their families. Thank you Debbie and Tabetha and Pet Valu for everything you do for your Lacey neighbors!! Thanks to the time and energy of our volunteers and friends, the Lacey Food Bank continues to grow it's programs and resources. Working together with our community we are sure that we can do great things!! ~Laura Caroccia

LFB Kids Easter 2017

Happy Easter 2017

LFB Kids Easter Candy 2017

LFB Kids Easter 2017 Power Plant

The Easter Bunny came early to the Lacey Food Bank Kids this year thanks to generous contributions from Exelon and the Lacey Township High School Interact Club. A long-time friend of the LFBKids, Mrs. Marita Zaremba, Executive Secretary at Exelon presented us with a $300 donation to be used to bring Spring sweets to the children and the families on our client list and the Interact Club at LTHS added to the sweetness by coordinating a candy drive at the high school. We were fortunate that the weather cooperated on distribution day to allow us to set up outside. More than 150 baskets, coloring kits, Easter eggs, small games and lots and lots of candy were on display and given away! Special thanks to Interact Students Natalie, Chelsea and Sarah who came by and lent a hand with the setup, distribution and cleanup!! A Happy & Sweet Spring to Us All!!
~ Laura Caroccia

BIG Donation from the Women's Club of Lacey

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The Women's Club of Lacey went over the top with their huge food drive for us.The men of the food bank estimate that 1,000+ pounds - or a half a TON - was donated.. And at critical time of the year, when school food drives are winding down, and families are struggling to keep up with utility bills and keep food on the table as well.

ALSO, along with all that food, they collected 140 cans of tuna as part of the club's monthly project to collect tuna for us throughout the year. You can check out how they are doing by going to www.laceyfoodbank.ORG "Thanks & Acknowledgement " page.

Our motto is "A Community Caring by Sharing" The Women of Lacey embody this giving ethic all the way.
For this we thank them!

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Recently the Forked River Presbyterian Church Youth Group held their annual food drive for the Lacey Food Bank. Along with a van loaded with non -perishable food, they also contributed $80. which will be used to buy ShopRite food cards for food bank clients.

Our sincere thanks go out to this enthusiastic dedicated group of youngsters,, and leaders Tadd Maffuccu, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Steve Lundy & Courtney Rzeplinski & Pastor Terry Chapman for their help in our war against hunger. ( Terry Chapman is a FOFB -Friend Of the Food Bank- and also serves as one of our trustees.)

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THE LACEY FOOD BANK LOST IT'S MASCOT THIS WEEK, WHEN OUR DEAR LITTLE SNOOPY BOY BURNETT PASSED OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. SNOOPY HELD MEET & GREETS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN DURING TOURS OF THE FOOD BANK WHILE HANDING OUT HIS AUTO (PAW)GRAPH CARDS.  HE SERVED AS A TASTE TESTER OF BROKEN COOKIE BAGS FOR STORESMASTER DICK & HE AND HIS DAD, GUY BURNETT, RODE IN EVERY HOLIDAY PARADE, REPRESENTING THE FOOD BANK .  WE'LL MISS THE LITLE GUY AS WE BID HIM FAREWELL.

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Congratulations to Phillip & Mary Ann Czech for being the first in 2017 to sign up as esteemed sponsors. The Czechs have one of several sponsors who have been with us since 2002, an astounding testiment to their giving ethic. We thank you so much.

ANNUAL VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON STARTS OFF 2017
WITH A BANG

Food Bank Co- Chairman Pete Peters , who also serves as the head of the volunteer committee, did it up in fine style. The luncheon was held at the Captains Inn with over 70 volunteers attending, meeting & greeting the many factions of fellow volunteers, from storekeepers and packer sackers. to the Big Blue crew and kids committee. A big highlight was the drawing by Pete of over 50 door prizes donated by local businesses from wine & car washes to WalMart gift cards.

Wouldn't you love to become part of Lacey's finest? Check us out with Mr. Pete at captpete100@gmail or call him at 609-402-5105 or spend a while on our website at laceyfoodbank.ORG

Volunteer Luncheon door prize winners

All the happy winners of door prizes at our annual volunteer Christmas luncheon. A fun time enjoyed by all! Thank you to everyone for all of your help throughout the year!
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Lacey Food Bank volunteer Ginger Lowe is being handed a check for $820 from Blase DeNatale, local jeweler and avid food bank sponsor.

Over the holiday season he sold special pieces of jewelry and gave the proceeds to the food bank. Blase is a fine example of "A Community Caring by Sharing ."

Thanks to folks like him who make our mission possible.