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 Millie Jeter at 732 747 8577 ext. 3102.

Sponsor A Family’s Meal For the Holidays

Here’s How …It’s never too early to start talkin’ turkey. If you’d like to sponsor a family’s holiday meal, please see flyer for details on shopping list and delivery dates and times. Why not make it a neighborhood, school or business challenge? We will be collecting reusable tote bags filled with all the holiday trimmings from Oct. 6th to Nov. 22nd at Lunch Break headquarters, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank. For information, contact Robbie Thornton at robbmachthorn@gmail.com. Thank you for making the holidays special for our families!

Sponsor A Family’s Meal For the Holidays

Food Donation Hours:

Donations are accepted Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 Executive Chef and Pantry Manager, Tyrone Burr at 732-747-8577 or pantry@lunchbreak.org.