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2023 Community Picnic and Softball Challenge

August 24, 2023

This year’s annual Community Picnic and Softball Challenge was in many respects a home run: Hundreds of community members were treated to Mother Nature’s great weather, an exciting softball tournament, plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers and healthy salads, fun games, crafts, raffles and the much anticipated backpack and school supplies giveaway — all free of charge. Of course, Lunch Break... View Article

2023 Non-Profit of the Year Award

August 22, 2023

We’re so honored that Lunch Break was chosen as the 2023 recipient of the Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce. Our organization was recognized for outstanding achievement and its reputation for excellence. In truth, the award must be shared with the hundreds of volunteers, past and present Board and staff members, as well as... View Article

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

August 17, 2023

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow Christina enrolled in the Life Skills Program after connecting with Family Promise because she was living in her car and needed housing. Her Life Skills coach helped her create a foundation for her thriving business Cleaning It Up!, gain permanent housing for her family, and obtain a more reliable car. Christina continues to embark... View Article

Nearly 400 Pounds of Produce Harvested from Glenn Garden

August 16, 2023

A group of dedicated gardeners, including our very own Advisory Council member Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson, harvested nearly 400 pounds of produce from Glenn Garden for Lunch Break families and senior citizens in need. Glenn Garden and team of volunteer Master Gardeners are committed to helping us improve the health and well-being of our community members through our Nourishing Neighbors program.

Our Capital Campaign is Almost Over

August 15, 2023

Lunch Break supporters and friends gathered recently at the Oyster Point in Red Bank to celebrate the success of the “Renew the Promise of Hope” Capital Campaign, the imminent completion of the expanded community center and to reflect on the 40th anniversary of founder Norma Todd’s vision: the creation of a caring community dedicated to helping those struggling with financial... View Article

The Wait is Almost Over!

August 10, 2023

Nothing has slowed construction of Lunch Break’s expansion and renovation of its 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd. home, not even the rain and heat of summer! With the first shovel in the ground in June of 2022, the building has continued steadily, growing from 12,000 to 23,000 square feet. We’re now close to completion! It won’t be long before we... View Article

Lunch Break’s 2023 Picnic and Softball Classic

August 9, 2023

Our community partners play an important role at Lunch Break’s Annual Picnic and Softball Classic! Each year they sponsor challenge teams, donate backpacks and school supplies for our children in need, and help us to provide a variety of food, fun and games. Many 2023 sponsorship opportunities still are available which will create lasting memories for your community, help us... View Article

Nice Things Are Always Happening

August 8, 2023

Another active few weeks for Lunch Break with much to be grateful for and many exciting accomplishments. For starters, we received a generous grant in support of our Family Promise housing program, our maintenance/warehouse crew have been busy keeping operations running smoothly, Rumson-Fair Haven students collected more than 1,500 pounds of food for our families in need and Lunch Break... View Article

Alliance For Success Mentorship Program

August 4, 2023

Students commit to Lunch Break’s Alliance For Success mentorship program for high school juniors and seniors and we commit to them by offering college prep guidance, informative workshops led by corporate and community leaders, and one-to-one life skills mentoring. In fact, we commit to our students well beyond the program’s parameters. In doing so, we’d like to especially thank the... View Article

2023 Backpack Donation Drive

August 3, 2023

Our community and business partners are among the backbone of the Lunch Break organization. These partners are vital to daily operations by providing boots-on-the-ground in our kitchen/dining room, warehouse, Clara’s Closet clothing boutique, and Client Choice pantry and also by assisting with administrative duties. In many instances, Lunch Break partners have raised funds and offered in-kind donations in support of... View Article