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Lunch Break NJ is on the move!

July 18, 2023

As we anticipate the grand opening of our newly reconstructed community center in late fall, we are grateful for the good will from our community partners who have provided temporary locations for expediting food services and social service programs. Since we moved out of our building in summer 2022, we’ve never missed a meal or a grocery pickup and continued... View Article

Congratulations to Family Promise!

July 13, 2023

One Year After the Makeover and Still Going Strong! Our Family Promise Program is there when a family is at imminent risk of losing their home and becoming another statistic. We help financially insecure people avoid trauma and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. Helping families find affordable housing and keeping them out of temporary shelters is... View Article

So many acts of kindness!

July 12, 2023

So much goodwill! Yet the need in our community for food, clothing, life skills and affordable housing escalates. Lunch Break NJ never stops assisting our many community members struggling with food and housing insecurities, but our help doesn’t end there. We mentor our clients, train them for employment opportunities or promotions, teach them new skills to become more competitive in... View Article

2023 Fall Gala – Save The Date!

July 11, 2023

Jon Stewart, host of the Apple TV+ series, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” will once again host Lunch Break’s annual fall gala on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 at Tillinghouse at Sun Eagles in Eatontown. This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Legacy,” will honor Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love and Lunch Break for the organization’ 40 years of community service. Mrs.... View Article

Backpack Drive 2023

Lunch Break Backpack Drive 2023
July 10, 2023

Gather up supplies! Please help us collect supplies for backpacks for the upcoming school year. Full backpacks greatly appreciated but individual supplies are also accepted! We are collecting supplies until August 1st.  

Lunch Break NJ Family Promise Program is Here to Help

July 6, 2023

According to a new report, renters would need to make more than $33 an hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in NJ. Residents making the state minimum wage would have to work 95 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The Lunch Break NJ Family Promise Program is addressing affordable housing needs by offering families temporary shelter through... View Article

Lunch Break NJ congratulates volunteer ESL coaches Millie, Meryl and Josephine

Lunch Break NJ congratulates volunteer ESL coaches Millie, Meryl and Josephine
July 5, 2023

Lunch Break NJ congratulates volunteer ESL coaches Millie Diaz, Meryl Smith and Josephine Guttadauro for their efforts in helping us equip community members with vital English language skills for personal/professional development. These dedicated volunteers recently wrapped up the September to May 2023 ESL semester and this year, five students were awarded a Certificate of Recognition for completing 51 hours of... View Article

Our Community Partners Rock!

June 29, 2023

Thank you to corporate community partners Torcon and VIVE Collision employees for their volunteer efforts! Torcon volunteers worked side-by-side with staff members as they transitioned temporary locations for Clara’s Closet clothing boutique while our community center undergoes construction. VIVE employees were hands on, helping warehouse staff unload donations and stock shelves with non-perishables for our families in need. Lunch Break... View Article

Congratulations Development Director Jill Gwydir-Govel

Jill Gwydir-Govel receiving the NJ Association of Fundraising Professionals 2022 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award
June 28, 2023

Lunch Break NJ congratulates Development Director Jill Gwydir-Govel on receiving the NJ Association of Fundraising Professionals 2022 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award. Jill also recently received a state honor for her incredible support of our feeding, housing solutions, life skills and social service programs. Her fundraising efforts helped maintain operations during the COVID pandemic and beyond. Thank you to Sen. Vin... View Article