BARNEGAT, NJ - With only essential services able to operate, many Barnegat residents are out of work and find themselves with depleted funds. Although hunger has a humbling effect, some remain too proud to admit they've encountered a crisis of their own as far as feeding their families.  A local grassroots movement hopes to address those concerns.

The organizer of the program has requested to stay anonymous. He understands that many view seeking food assistance as akin to looking for handouts. And, this kind gentleman wants to help those facing a hunger crisis. The initiative is intended for Barnegat residents.

"Thankfully, our seniors haven't experienced a loss in their pension or social security benefits," shared the leader of the grassroots movement. "My concern is getting some food into the homes that have suffered a financial loss and need help. I'm thinking families, including single parents."

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Rather than donating goods to local food banks, the program has a simple approach. Those who need the assistance will be issued a gift card redeemable at the Acme Supermarket on West Bay Avenue in Barnegat.

"We will have the gift cards waiting at the courtesy desk," confirmed Acme Store Manager Tim Kavanagh. "Recipients will just need to give their name and proof of identity."

TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown has agreed to help facilitate the program by providing the grassroots movement with the names of anyone who feel they will benefit from the $100 Acme gift card. All names will be kept confidential and can be sent to sfaughnan@tapinto.net.  Names can also be submitted to TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown's Facebook page. Please try to remember to put "Acme" in the message.  No need to submit additional information other than the name of the person who will pick up the card.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the program should also submit contact information.

Once again, the words of Fred Rogers prove inspirational. "Look for the helpers." They are certainly among us.