RED BANK, NJ – Given the pandemic, Lunch Break's annual gala has been postponed, but absolutely nothing with Lunch Break's programs has paused. COVID-19 hit and the Lunch Break machine adapted, adjusted, and never missed a meal.  Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey, are both strong supporters of Lunch Break's initiatives, and now the former host of the “Daily Show” will be the host of Lunch Break’s virtual fundraising event “Rising Together" which will be live from the organization’s headquarters in Red Bank, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 27th. You can donate to the Rising Together event HERE. 

 Lunch Break, among many other services, provides over 70,000 meals a year to local families in need of nourishment and has only strengthened during the pandemic with the mantra, "We will never miss a meal." The demand for nourishment and essential needs in the community has grown during this unprecedented time, and the Lunch Break team has further strengthened to meet those needs.  A donation to Lunch Break is a donation towards helping someone right at home in our communities. 

“We are so excited to have Jon Stewart host this historic broadcast event highlighting the incredible community response for our neighbors who are unable to afford food because they are struggling with financial burdens. We can’t thank our volunteers and donors enough for all their support,” says Board President John Klein.

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The evening will feature musical performances by local artists and students and include coverage of Lunch Break’s Operation Gear-Up: We Will Not Miss A Meal pandemic response to feeding community members in need, with front-line volunteers, staff and NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy’s visit to the Client Choice pantry.

The annual Fall Gala, originally scheduled for  Friday, October 16, 2020 will be postponed to October 2021. Jon Stewart is scheduled to host again, next year in person at Stillwell Stables in Colts Neck. The 2021 honorees include philanthropic community leaders; Carol Stillwell, President and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., Norma Todd Service Award; Lunch Break Board President John Klein and his wife, Robin, Heart to Hand Award; and Guttenplan’s Frozen Dough, Middletown, A Child’s Place School, Lincroft, and Abe and Linda Littenberg, Corporate Platinum Partner Award.

“We are looking forward to next year’s fall gala when we can all be together -- hugging each other and celebrating all the wonderful people, organizations and businesses who have helped Lunch Break keep its promise to never missing a meal,” says Executive Director Gwendolun O Love. “And, we are grateful to have Jon Stewart on board for 2021.”

Proceeds from the virtual event will benefit Lunch Break’s mission of providing food, clothing, fellowship and life skills to those struggling with financial burdens in Monmouth County and beyond,

For virtual fundraiser sponsorships, contact Development Manager Jill Govel-Gwydir at (732) 747-8577, Ext. 3107, or You can make a general donation to Lunch Break HERE. Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond.