‘Food for fines’ at county libraries
“There is a dire need in our county to feed the hungry,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “Today, most of the new people in need of assistance are formerly working, middle class families who lost their jobs or are underemployed, and the demand on the FoodBank has increased dramatically. I urge all Monmouth County residents who are able to assist during this food drive to do so.”
The main collection points will be the 13 county library branches, including the Eastern Branch in
“When the FoodBank started 25 years ago it distributed 100,000 pounds of food,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank. “Last year, we supplied more than 260 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters with almost 7 millions pounds of food. We have experienced a 71 percent increase in demand for emergency food since the start of the recession. The need is here.”Read more...