Freeholders demonstrate support of Hunger Action Month
FREEHOLD, NJ – The front of the Monmouth County Hall of Records will be draped in orange bunting during the entire month of September to raise awareness on the issue of hunger, which affects 127,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Monmouth County Freeholder Director John P. Curley (left) and Freeholder Serena DiMaso (right) hold a Hunger Action Month sign in front of the Hall of Records in Freehold.
The effort is part of Hunger Action Month, a national campaign by Feeding America, the country’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The organization feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks, including the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support this national effort to raise public awareness to the needs of the hungry,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “The sad fact is more than 80,000 people in Monmouth County face hunger every day, many of whom are formerly working, middle class families who lost their jobs or are underemployed.”
The county’s public awareness support comes just four months after a month-long countywide food drive that raised nearly 11 tons of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“Residents of Monmouth County have been extremely generous in their support of food drives,” Freeholder Serena DiMaso said. “But fighting hunger is a constant battle. I encourage everyone to continue their support of the FoodBank by visiting their website at www.foodbankmoc.org to find out how they can help the hungry this month and throughout the year.”
The April food drive, which was conducted through the county’s 13 library branches, was the FoodBank’s largest spring food drive on record. The month of April was chosen because it is national County Government Month, a time to highlight county work.
The Food Bank is located at 3300 State Highway 66 in Neptune Township, NJ 07753. The telephone number is 732-918-2600.