We couldn’t do… What we do… Without you!

The task of Lunch Break to serve those in need of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is an ever-increasing one. And because we never charge a fee for our services, we rely on your generosity more and more in these times of hardship. In Lunch Break’s 34-year history of feeding the hungry, we are seeing record numbers of people struggling to make ends meet. With lunches, emergency food provisions, and many other services, we provide much needed relief to so many of our community members in need.

Other Ways to Donate

Include Lunch Break in your Will or Planned Giving Arrangements

Consider adding Lunch Break to your will or planned giving arrangements and create your own legacy for helping to feed the future. To find out how the bequest you make today will help secure a future for thousands of the most vulnerable children, seniors, veterans, single parents, and families for years to come, contact Jill Gwydir at

Serving Hope Monthly Club

Join our “Serving Hope Club” by becoming a monthly donor! Monthly gifts are critical as they allow us to plan for the future while ensuring that our programs continue providing help to those in need today. Any amount will make a difference in someone’s life. These are just some of the ways your dollars will positively impact a family, a single mom, a child, a vet, a young man or a senior citizen.

$10/month provides 60 hot meals annually
$25/month provides a year of transportation for a Life Skills client
$50/month provides 12 bags of groceries a year

At the $50.00 a month or higher level, you will receive a complimentary ticket to our 2019 Taste of Summer event at the Channel Club in Monmouth Beach, featuring cuisine and spirits from local restaurants and eateries!

Giving monthly is easy. You can set up your donation on line by clicking here or fill out this form and send it to the address on the form or email it to Or call Jill Gwydir at 732-747-8577, X3107 for help with setting up your donation.

The Giving Tree

Lunch Break also accepts checks via mail at our address: 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank, NJ 07701

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes.

Lunch Break currently serves over 5,000 meals a month, including a hot breakfast on Saturdays. We also distribute over 3,600 bags of groceries monthly to a number of well deserving families throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Given the amount of food we serve and distribute, we need a steady supply of food coming in.


You can help us continue to feed the hungry in our community by:

  • Donating non-perishable food items to our food pantry. Our most pressing and ongoing challenge is keeping our pantry shelves stocked.
  • Donating fresh garden produce. We welcome your fresh garden herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Donating commercially prepared foods.
  • Organizing a food drive? To learn how to organize a food drive, please see “Donation Drive Form” tab above.

A few notes about food donations:

  • We can only accept food prepared in a board certified commercial kitchen, such as in a restaurant or catering establishment so long as it has been refrigerated or frozen and labeled with date of preparation, contents, and name of the organization or establishment donating food.
  • We cannot accept foods that have been prepared in a residential kitchen due to Board of Health Regulations.
  • We cannot accept expired food.

Donation Hours:

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you have any questions about making a food donation, please contact our Executive Chef and Pantry Manager, Tyrone Burr at 732-747-8577 or

At Lunch Break, we help our community members in need by providing them with more than just a meal. By giving our clients access to clothing and household items, we’re enriching their lives in many ways and allowing them to feel more a part of the loving community they call home.

A few notes about clothing and general item donations:

  • We can only accept SEASONAL CLOTHING:
  • September–February: coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, heavy sweaters, sweatpants, wool clothing.
  • March–August: spring & summer items. Non-seasonal clothing will not be accepted.
  • SUIT UP accepts professional & special occasion attire throughout the year.
  • We are currently accepting toiletries, linen/towels/bedding, and other small sized household items.
  • Due to space constraints, certain household items, furniture, used toys & rugs can no longer be accepted.
  • Please call us at 732.747.8577 if you are unsure if your donation items can be accepted at this time.

Donation Hours:

Monday- Friday: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you have any questions about making a clothing or general item donation, please contact our Program Coordinator, Melia Owens, at 732.747.8577 ext. 3022.

If you’re interested in having a drive for food, clothing, school items, toys, or any other toiletries please click HERE

** In order to receive Community Service credit, this form must be completed prior to hosting a drive*** Additionally, please complete the volunteer link below to become a registered volunteer in our database. 

Volunteer Link

Click here for the Donor Bill of Rights.

Below is a list of common, everyday items that are always in high demand at Lunch Break. Donating even the most basic of items can make the biggest of differences.

We always appreciate help in spreading the word about Lunch Break. Fundraising opportunities that assist us to help our neighbors who struggle. We appreciate you choosing Lunch Break and ask that you download and fill out our 3rd Party FORM prior to planning your event. It is very important that we know all the details so we can help spread the word too! Once we have received your signed form, it’s a go. Good Luck and THANK YOU!

Celebrating a Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, Confirmation, Bat or Bar Mitzvah?

If you would like to donate the ‘goodies’ received from a personal milestone such as a birthday, wedding, achievement, etc., please contact Jill Gwydir at 732-747-8577 ext. 3107 or

Any donation of money, time, food, or clothing will not only make an incredible difference in the life of one of your neighbors in need, it will give you a feeling of pride, fellowship, and love that you can’t find anywhere else.

Thank you to all of our generous donors!