COLTS NECK, NJ - Have you helped someone today?
TAPinto attended a luncheon this week in Colts Neck, held at the home of Abbey Feiler Kober and her husband Tom Kober. As she often is, Abbey was hosting a gathering of good people sharing the same goal of helping others. Abbey and Tom are well known for supporting initiatives that build bridges to better futures for so many. This time Abbey was hosting an organization that helps so many; Lunch Break of Red Bank, NJ.
Executive Director Gwendolyn Love and many of her team members were present to discuss Lunch Break's mission and the many current programs and upcoming events, like their annual gala planned for October--TAPinto will share details soon in a separate article. Love, with a last name that suits her so well, is always on the move, serving with compassion and making a real difference in the lives of so many everyday. According to Love, "We serve all of Monmouth County and beyond - we have a soup kitchen food pantry, clothing distribution and a 'suit up' program helping those who are looking for jobs and are in need of new or gently used clothing to wear for job interviews and professional meetings...."
Many folks hear 'Lunch Beak' and think it's limited to helping nourish the appetites, feeding the hungry. It is that and so much more. The organization is rich with programs to lift others up physically, mentally and emotionally, providing a real sense of community and belonging.
That's not all, according to Love. "We have mentor-ships for young boys and women. Please come to see us. Come get a tour -volunteer! Help us as we need you - we can't do what we do without your help." Lunch Break never charges a fee for the services they provide and is a 501 (c) 3 organization solely supported by private donations. Lunch Break receives no federal funding. VIDEO: See and hear directly from Gwendolyn Love in this video:
About Lunch Break:
In January 1983, 35 people gathered at the Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury to discuss the issue of hunger in Monmouth County. They committed themselves to help the community members who find it difficult to provide the bare necessities for their families. Galvanized into action, the group (in which churches and businesses were represented) began to raise funds and recruit volunteers.
In March 1983, Reverend Terence Rosheuvel provided the basement of the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank to serve hot lunches. In 1985, Lunch Break moved to the Masonic Temple on Bergen Place and expanded its services to include the provision of groceries to families.
Community demand quickly increased beyond the capacity of the Temple, and Lunch Break leaders began to investigate the construction of a permanent, independent facility. In 1986, through combined efforts of many contributors and a large grant from the State of New Jersey, Lunch Break opened the doors to its current facility at 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank.
In 1992 Saint Leo’s started supplying bagged lunches on Saturday to be distributed to our clients.
For 25 years Mrs. Norma Todd was the Executive Director and the heart and soul of Lunch Break. Mrs. Todd passed away in April 2008 leaving a legacy of love and determination as her banner. Shortly thereafter, Gwendolyn Love was hired as our new Executive Director. Along with her staff, Lunch Break is helped by over 1,500 annual volunteers, with approximately 70 volunteers serving in several capacities on a regular basis.
Lunch Break continues to serve the community members in need to this day, with the same passion, dedication, and community support which is the foundation established by Mrs. Todd years ago. In recent years, several programs have been added to the Lunch Break roster of services such as the Children’s Cooking Class Program and the Saturday breakfast, which is sponsored by several area churches. Lunch Break's vision is to lead the region as the comprehensive food, nutrition, and life skills resource for community members in need.
Board of Trustees
Lou Scaduto, Jr.
Frances Statter, Emeritus
Lunch Break provides the perspective and positive motivation for all of us to go further. Visit them today with your support