MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: September is Hunger Action Month! Freeholder Sue Kiley and Fulfill urge everyone to take action and to join the fight against hunger.

According to Fulfill:  Every year, Fulfill provides food and other resources for over 136,000 of our neighbors who do not have enough food to nourish their bodies.  Two out of every 5 people served through Fulfill network of food pantries and other community nourishment programs are sadly young children. In Monmouth and Ocean counties, there are over 50,000 hungry children. 

Children Who Are Hungry

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  • Are sick more often, recover slowly, are hospitalized more often
  • Get more headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections
  • Are less likely to learn as much, as fast, or as well
  • Have more behavioral, emotional, and academic problems
  • Are more aggressive and anxious than adequately nourished children
  • Teens are more likely to be suspended and have difficulty getting along with others.

Fulfill’s mission is to "alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and to make sure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life". When someone is hungry it affects their thinking and disrupts every aspect of their life. 

At Fulfill,  ending hunger in our communities is a complex challenge. It takes a total approach to providing the resources people need to become financially sound and self sufficient.

In 2017, Fulfill provided over 13 million meals through a network of over 300 food pantries and soup kitchens. The fight against hunger goes beyond food distribution and includes a full suite of service programs designed to help those in need get back on their feet for good.

You can really make a difference, every donation will make a differeance in the fight against hunger. There are so many ways to help click here for examples of how you can help your neighbors in need.