Neptune, New Jersey, September 3, 2021 – Fulfill volunteers and staff personally delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to K-12 students in 14 school districts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The supplies and backpacks were donated to Fulfill through collections and corporate donations.
Children in Aberdeen, Asbury Park, Brick, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Howell, Lakewood, Long Branch, Manahawkin, Neptune, Ocean, Point Pleasant, Tinton Falls, and Toms River received the backpacks filled with notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, scissors, crayons, markers, folders, lunch boxes, and more.
“Fulfill’s team asked for donations from the public based on what school districts were asking families to purchase for their children for the school year. The amount of school supplies and backpacks collected far exceeded our expectations, and we are incredibly grateful! Families who have yet to recover from the pandemic simply cannot afford the expense of what’s necessary for school while also trying to put food on the table,” said Lauren Holman, Fulfill’s Board Chair.
Pamela, a mother of two from Asbury Park, said, “It helps me, the pocketbook. Everything is so expensive with Covid. The prices went up. Thank you for the backpacks and supplies, they did need them.”
Freedom Daniels, a father from Long Branch, said, “It helps a lot because they go through all of this stuff so fast.” As his daughters unzipped their new backpacks and checked out their school supplies on their porch with smiles on their faces, he added, “It’s a beautiful thing. We appreciate it, we really do.”
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Thank you to our corporate partners that made this initiative possible: Staples of Ocean and Shrewsbury, Nestle USA, Booskerdoo of Asbury Park, Ocean First, SHI, Athleta at the Grove, and Commvault.
A few high school students also deserve recognition for their extraordinary efforts collecting school supplies and backpacks for Fulfill: Lily Formichella, 18, a senior at Manasquan High School; Quinn Lumsden, 16, a sophomore at Rumson-Fair Haven High School; and brothers Andrew, 15, and Justin, 15, Harrison, students at Holmdel High School.
Backpacks filled with school supplies were also distributed to children in need at our weekly Friday “Pop Your Trunk” Food Distribution at Fulfill in Neptune, at regular visits throughout the community by Fulfill’s Mobile Pantry, and by members of Fulfill’s Resource Connections Team at visits by Fulfill’s Benefits Bus. Additional backpacks are also available at Fulfill’s Satellite Office at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown and through the Ocean Partnership for Children’s Center.
About Fulfill FoodBank
Pre-pandemic, Fulfill was feeding 136,000 people, including 50,000 children. Today, Fulfill is feeding 215,000 people, including 70,000 children. Fulfill served 3.8 million more meals since the coronavirus crisis affected the Jersey Shore, and the demand for food increased 40 percent.
Fulfill has been providing food for families at the Jersey Shore for more than thirty years. Fulfill made sure our neighbors had nourishment during economic storms, Superstorm Sandy, and now the pandemic. Fulfill feeds children, seniors, veterans, and the working poor. Fulfill supplies food to nearly three hundred feeding agencies including pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. Fulfill also provides hot meals for children after school and sends food home for those same children over the weekend.
Fulfill has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for more than twelve consecutive years. This distinction means Fulfill, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization, outperformed most charities in America in areas of efficiency, fiscal integrity, and effectiveness. In fact, 95 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry in our community. Follow Fulfill on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, and share our posts to help raise awareness about hunger. To donate or volunteer, go to fulfillnj.org.