The FoodBank collects donated and surplus food in its warehouse and distributes it to charities serving families in need. We also run several programs that address the root causes of hunger.
The Foodbank is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All contributions are tax-deductible according to law.
Of every dollar raised, only $0.10 supports fundraising and administrative costs; $.90 goes directly in support of programs to help the needy.
The FoodBank's mission is to provide food for as many needy people as possible in our two counties.
The FoodBank began in 1984, with just three people who saw hunger in their community and were appalled by its existence. They saw people living under the boardwalks at the shore, people living in the woods, people with nowhere to turn for food. They decided to do something about it, and together purchased an old warehouse in Spring Lake to collect and store food donations.
The building had leaky roofs, no heat, no bathroom, and 16 tons of abandoned personal property that had to be cleaned out first. The fledgling foodbank reached out into the community for help, to carpenters, heating specialists, masons and laborers, who donated their work and provided office furniture. Food streamed in from Community Foodbank in Hillside, as well as from hundreds of local donors. One year later, in 1985, the FoodBank was serving 25 charities with 100,000 pounds of food.
Fifteen years later, in 1998, the same facility was serving two million pounds of food to about 150 charities. The FoodBank was bursting at the seams, storing food in additional rented trailers, as well as in a small warehouse with no loading docks for trucks. That year, the FoodBank began a successful three-year capital campaign, raising $4.5 million for the construction of a new 42,000 sq ft facility, completed in 2001.
A Donor Wall in the lobby commemorates the generosity of so many community members who helped make this possible. The FoodBank is named the Arthur M. Goldberg Building, in honor of the former owner of Park Place Entertainment in Atlantic City, who helped obtain $1.5 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Park Place Entertainment for the campaign.
Our programs include:
Emergency Food Distribution Programs
Culinary Training and Catering Program
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.foodbankmoc.org
Susan M. Kelly
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
3300 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org