FLEMINGTON, NJ – Hunterdon Central Regional High School will host the 12th annual Dream Dinner to benefit Family Promise of Hunterdon County March 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the high school’s Commons on Junction Road in Flemington.

Dream Dinner is a bountiful pasta dinner organized by Hunterdon Central students who are committed to making a difference in their community, for those less fortunate.

Although Hunterdon County has been identified as the richest county in New Jersey, it has problems that are often unseen, including housing affordability and the homelessness that results from it. Cost of living and access to housing are becoming bigger issues as the economy continues to grow.

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For 12 years, students at Hunterdon Central have been dedicating their time and energy to help low income residents of Hunterdon County who struggle with these issues by raising awareness and funds for Family Promise of Hunterdon County (FPH), the county’s only homeless shelter for families. FPH operates a network of over 40 Hunterdon congregations, with more than 1,000 local volunteers dedicated to bringing the community together to help families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity.

For the 12th year in a row, Dream Dinner will bring awareness to these pivotal issues and raise money to support this very worthy cause.

“Students volunteer for this community gathering to help provide much needed funding and awareness to the important work of Family Promise,” said Jane Paradiso, teacher and supervisor of Dream Dinner. “Each year, I simply ask students to help those less fortunate, and they step up.”

Food is produced by the Family and Consumer Science Department food classes and donated by local businesses to support this community-based dinner. The menu will include salad, bread, pasta, gluten free pasta, dessert and drinks. All proceeds will go to support FPH programs, including homeless prevention, homeless shelter and Neighbors in Need.

Adult tickets are $8, students are $5 and children 4 and under eat for free. Takeout is also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Attendees are encouraged to bring full-size personal care items, such as shampoo, sunscreen and over-the-counter medications to donate for guests in the shelter. Anyone who can’t attend but would like to support Family Promise can donate online (please note Dream Dinner) at familypromisehc.org.

Dream Dinner attendees will enjoy an excellent meal and hear from Family Promise of Hunterdon advocates. The success of the Dream Dinner depends on everyone in the community. Support the Dream Dinner, and you will be supporting this tremendous youth-led effort and families in your community

Family Promise of Hunterdon County is a nonprofit agency that was established in 1990 with a mission to advocate for homeless families and individuals and guide them to self-sufficiency and permanent housing by mobilizing the community to provide compassionate care, services and professional support. Family Promise provides shelter, meals, mental health services and other support services for families and individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

For more information about Dream Dinner or Family Promise of Hunterdon County, please contact Joanne Fagan, Development Director, at 908-782-2490 or joanne@familypromisehc.org or visit the website at www.familypromisehc.org.