5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Local Partner in Action, Matawan Community Food Pantry

CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events to raise funds to end poverty and hunger. Sometimes even our local partner programs are interfaith. The Matawan Community Food Pantry is a joint effort of Cross of Glory Lutheran and Matawan Presbyterian. It's located in the municipal center at 201 Broad St. It's been serving families in the area for 20 years. Co-Director Sis DeMarco gave us a tour to allow us to see this program in action, to see how funds donated through our CROP Walk help their program. 

Sis showed us the room provided by Matawan which allows them to collect and store donations during the month in preparation of opening its door for distribution on the last Saturday of each month. As many as 200 families come between 8 am and noon where they are greeted by volunteers that help to distribute bagged food staples. In addition to the bagged shelf stable products, clients are also provided with fresh chicken, eggs, and proteins such as tuna and peanut butter. Fresh vegetables are a nutritious addition to foods available.



We need to mention the dedicated volunteers. They do an amazing job keeping this program going strong. Adults from both churches and community members volunteer and are often accompanied by area teens.

We hope to have tri-fold displays at CROP Walk so each of our 15 partner programs can share information on the valuable work being done throughout the year to help families in Monmouth County to  have more sustainable access to food which most definitely improves their overall quality of life. Nutritious food helps improve overall health and the benefits are valuable for adults often working  at low paying jobs and for children who learn more and do better in school when they have had enough food to eat. 
For additional information on this pantry you can call. 732-566-2663

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