WALL, NJ — While the Belmar Food Pantry has moved to a new location, its volunteers are as ready as ever to welcome anyone who needs a bag of groceries, particularly during these trying times.

After operating for years from the former First United Methodist Church at 503 Seventh Avenue in Belmar, the pantry’s new home is now at the United Methodist Church, 1000 17th Avenue in the West Belmar section of Wall. It is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday.

“Food insecurity has increased with so many being laid off from work,” said volunteer Nancy Schreiber. “We would like the public to know that if they need food, they should visit us.”

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As an affiliate of Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean, the pantry provides a variety of nonperishable foods, eggs, meat and cheese as available.

During the current coronavirus crisis, individuals are asked to follow safety and social distancing guidelines when visiting the pantry, which displays its sign outside the church during times of operation. The pantry is located on the side of the building, off the parking lot, where bags of food are placed on a table set outside extending from its door.

“We want our guests to feel comfortable and safe when they come. And we want to be as safe as possible as well," said Schreiber, adding that its small-than-usual crew of volunteers also wear face masks and gloves.

To help keep its shelves stocked for those in need of a nutritious meal, the pantry is also accepting donations of the following items:

  • Toiletries, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned pasta meals (like Chef Boyardee items)
  • Snacks
  • Small juices/juice packs

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