Lenten Kindness Drive at St. George's by the River Episcopal Church

March 1-April 13th

This year we will be collecting non-perishable food and personal items to be donated to: Bayshore Lunch Program, Keyport; HABcore, Red Bank and Asbury Park; Lunch Break, Red Bank; Saturday Soup - Trinity Church, Asbury Park.

Facts:

There are 1,061 homeless people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, 368 are under the age of 18. (based on census taken in 2015)

Nearly one out of every 3 homeless people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is a minor. Ocean County had a 21% increase in homeless youths in 2015 compared to the prior year.

In NJ there are 10,211 homeless people. NJ categorized homeless as being either sheltered (in temporary shelter including motels or transitional housing) or unsheltered (living in cars, parks, camp grounds, bus stations and abandoned buildings).

Nearly half of both counties' homeless report having challenges including mental and physical disabilities, substance abuse and other problems.

One in every 10 people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties receives "emergency" food from the FoodBank's network of pantries, soup kitchens and other agencies.

Non-Perishable Items needed

  • bottled water
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • canned (fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, chili, tuna fish, chicken)
  • canned beans, dry beans and lentils
  • nutritious snacks
  • shelf stable milk
  • brown rice
  • cereal
  • spaghetti sauce
  • instant potatoes
  • pasta
  • coffee
  • tea
  • juices
  • condiments
  • spices
  • macaroni and cheese
  • cooking oil
  • sugar
  • flour
  • cake mix, icing
  • individual portions of applesauce, pudding,
  • snacks
  • gluten free foods, food for diabetics

Personal Items needed

  • soap deodorant
  • diapers sizes 4-6
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • mouthwash
There are hundreds of people in our immediate area that need our help!

Grocery bags and Red Chuck Wagons are located in the Narthex and containers are in Ralph Hall for the deposit of your generous donations of food and personal items.

thank you!!

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