Lunch Break History
In 1983, Norma Todd and the founding members of Lunch Break had a vision of a caring community — one in which its members are looked after, fed, and nurtured in soul and body. Working to alleviate hunger for underemployed people struggling to make ends meet, Lunch Break began offering individuals and families the assistance they needed for today, with the hope for a better tomorrow. Since then, we have evolved into much more than a place for a hot lunch and a food pantry, improving on Lunch Break’s legacy.
Decades later, Lunch Break continues to provide life’s basic necessities of food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to the financially insecure individuals and families in Monmouth County and beyond. Over the years, through the support of individual donors, foundations, the corporate and business communities and a network of more than 2,000 volunteers, we have expanded our feeding, clothing, outreach, mentoring, and social service programs. We offer hope through our Life Skills Program, a job readiness initiative that helps clients gain the skills and tools necessary for self-sustainability.
It is because of YOUR generous donations, we have been able to help our neighbors who experience poverty, hunger and isolation. restoring their dignity. Thank you for being our partner in community building.
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As a caring community, Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond.
We strive to break the cycle of poverty for those we serve and guide our community members in need to self-sufficiency and healthier, more productive lifestyles.
We serve everyone with compassion and dignity.
WE COULDN’T DO… WHAT WE DO… WITHOUT YOU!
“Your kindness may seem simple to you, but it means everything to me.” Jane- Lunch Break Guest
Milagros (Millie) Jeter
Director of Administration
Chef/Kitchen and Pantry Manager
Director of Operations
Sharda Jetwani Love
Board of Trustees
Dr. Carol Penn, DO, ABOM
Michael A. Wright
Gwendolyn O. Love
Michael A. Wright, Chair
Mark Brahney, Vice Chair
Gwendolyn Love, Secretary
Andrea Guttadauro Angioletti
Rabbi Marc Kline