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 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.

Food Donation Hours:

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

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.

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 Executive Chef and Pantry Manager, Tyrone Burr at 732-747-8577 or