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Community Service

Lunch Break offers meaningful community service opportunities; bringing you closer to the issues of food insecurity, housing instability and social justice.

The task of Lunch Break to serve those in need in Monmouth County and beyond is an ever-increasing one. And because we never charge a fee for our services, we rely on your generosity more and more to help our neighbors in need to get back on their feet. Throughout Lunch Break’s decades of service to the community, we have provided help for today through feeding, clothing and social service programs, and hope for tomorrow through services such as our mentoring and Life Skills programs. We continue to see individuals and families struggle to make ends meet, but with your support, we can make a difference. There are so many ways you can help!

If you need to fulfill community service hours and cannot get on our calendar due to scheduling conflicts, please consider conducting drives on our behalf. We will gladly credit you with the hours you spend organizing a food drive.

You must contact Deb Herr at before doing the aforementioned.

Frequently Asked Questions

Must I sign up in advance to volunteer?

Yes. We do not accept walk-ins. Please click here for our volunteer registration form.

What will my volunteer job be once I arrive?

We ask that you come prepared to serve in whatever capacity is needed for the day. You may be asked to prepare or serve food, wash dishes, clean tables and floors, shelve food in the pantry, organize clothing, answer incoming phone calls, and even work outside. (Only trained personnel are allowed to cook in our kitchen.)

What should I wear to volunteer?

Please wear appropriate clothing, long pants, sneakers (or similar) to protect your feet (No open-toed shoes or sandals). No droopy pants or revealing tops (tank tops or spaghetti strap tops). No jewelry should be worn while working at Lunch Break (watches and wedding rings are fine). Why? Jewelry such as bracelets, neck chains, and large dangling earrings can cause personal injury if caught on something. Our dress code is established with your safety and the welfare of our clients in mind.

Can (personal) valuables be brought?

Do not bring your valuables into Lunch Break.

Can children volunteer?

Currently, our minimum age to volunteer is 16.

How do groups (corporate, church, schools, etc.) volunteer?

Groups interested in volunteering should contact Angela Jackson at 732-747-8577 ext. 3108 or email to schedule a date.