BENEFITING: LUNCH BREAK
For over three decades, Lunch Break has operated from its current modest 6,000-square-foot building. Our current modest facility is no longer sufficient for us to meet community demand and has reached its limitations both in size and suitability.Working beyond capacity and bursting at the seams, the stress of the current limited environment has an impact on the priceless human capital that is our staff, volunteers and clients. At any given time, due to a severe lack of space, Lunch Break is forced to rent off-site storage and warehousing facilities costing the organization nearly $5,000 per month.
31 years ago, Lunch Break began serving hot lunches to Red Bank residents. Today our reach has expanded and we serve our most vulnerable neighbors who come to Lunch Break from every town in Monmouth County and from as far away as Ocean, Middlesex and Essex Counties. Last year we served over 61,000 hot meals. Our food pantry provides, on average, groceries to over 750 families every month. Our volunteers deliver meals to the homebound six days a week. In addition, we have a clothing distribution center that includes our Suited for Success program which provides business attire for job interviews. We also have a Adopt-a-Family holiday toy program, a Children’s Cooking Class and a Gardener’s Market that is held every Tuesday morning, year round, and distributes fresh produce. We offer internet services, employment information, social-health and wellness resources.
The size, shape, and design of our new facility directly relates to the number of people we serve. After nearly 30 years in our current building, it’s time for a new home - a home that allows us to serve, with dignity and compassion, the thousands of people depending on us every month