Lunch Break supporters and friends gathered recently at the Oyster Point in Red Bank to celebrate the success of the “Renew the Promise of Hope” Capital Campaign, the imminent completion of the expanded community center and to reflect on the 40th anniversary of founder Norma Todd’s vision: the creation of a caring community dedicated to helping those struggling with financial and food insecurities break the cycle of poverty and hunger.
“We are celebrating the culmination of many hands working together to bring this vision to life. I’m so proud to be a part of Lunch Break’s continuously evolving journey to better serve the community,” said Executive Director Gwendolyn Love.
To better accommodate Lunch Break services and new initiatives, including the merger with non-profit Family Promise of Monmouth County, as well more warehouse and operations space, Lunch Break embarked upon Capital Campaign fundraising efforts in 2021 to expand its current facility. The plans, prepared by architects Kellenyi Johnson Wagner, featured a two-story addition which, in total, would add much more square footage to the building’s original 12,300 square-foot design, providing for a loading dock and additional space for parking and easier, safer off-loading of deliveries.
Thanks to generous support from individuals, foundations, businesses, Board members and the Capital Campaign and 109 committees, Lunch Break reached its goal in 2022. The grand opening of the new community center, which is nearly complete, is scheduled for late fall. We’re excited! To view the celebration on our YouTube Channel Lunch Break NJ, click here!
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