Donate Food

Donate Food

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 contact Deborah Herr at

Food Donation Hours:

Donations are accepted Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at our temporary warehouse located at 968 Shrewsbury Ave., Unit 5, Tinton Falls.

Please DO NOT leave items outside of our doors or gates.

Currently, we are accepting food and monetary donations only.

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

Food Pantry – Items Most Needed

  • Bottled water
  • Peanut butter and Jelly,
  • Canned fruits, low sodium vegetables, soups, stews, chili, tuna fish, chicken
  • Canned beans, dry beans, lentils
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Brown rice
  • Cereal
  • Low sodium soups
  • Spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes, pasta, canned tuna, and chicken
  • Coffee, tea, juices
  • Condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, syrup, salt, pepper, salad dressings
  • Spices like garlic powder, lemon pepper, basil, oregano, etc.
  • Sugar, flour, cake mix, icing
  • Macaroni and cheese, mashed potato mixes, rice mixes, etc.
  • Cooking oil (vegetable)
  • Individual portions of applesauce, pudding, snacks, juices, etc.
  • Gluten free foods
  • Foods for our diabetics

If you have any questions about making a food donation, please contact our Pantry Supervisor, Beth Sherrard at 732-747-8577, ext. 3109 or

Sponsor A Family for the Holidays

Please make the holidays special for our families in need through Lunch Break’s Sponsor A Family Holiday Program.

Please direct inquiries to