The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
For 30 Years – Hope Begins Here
The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (FBMOC), located in Neptune, New Jersey, has been serving the community since 1984, when a small group of people saw hunger at the Jersey Shore and decided to make a difference. Thirty years later, the Food Bank distributes more than 10 million meals annually through a network of more than 260 partner agencies in the two counties it serves.
One of the areas hardest hit by Super Storm Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Executive Director, Carlos Rodriguez, calls the recovery a marathon, with many families still struggling and homeless. “It is hard to imagine that people are food insecure in Monmouth County, which is ranked in the top 1.2% of the highest income counties in the United States. And yet, we continue to see remnants of the storm in the faces of the families we serve, who make decisions every day about whether to pay the rent or put food on the table.”
The Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Through various programs, like the Child Nutrition programs, the Mobile Pantry, the Senior Food program, Nutrition Education, the Volunteer Garden Center, and the Culinary Skills training program, they are moving toward their vision of “ a food secure community where all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life.”
For more information about the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, visit their website www.foodbankmoc.org
King of Kings Food Pantry in Manahawkin, New Jersey is supported by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Janice Dryburgh of the King of Kings Food Pantry estimates that 30 to 40 percent of the more than 1,400 people her organization serves are Hurricane Sandy survivors, many of whom are still struggling. Although the storm was a trying time, Dryburgh recalls how ShopRite rose to the occasion. “They were awesome, donating plastic bags, ShopRite gift cards. Any way they could help, they did.”
While feeding the hungry is top priority for Ms. Dryburgh and the volunteers at the food pantry, she asserts that spiritual food is just as important to her clients. She ensures that the volunteers make the clients feel welcome, offering them cups of coffee or offering encouragement. “I’ll never forget what one woman said to me” said Ms. Dryburgh, “She told me that I showed her that there are people who still care.”