A Message from
the Executive Director
August 2012

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:

We hope that you are enjoying your Summer!

The new school year – is just around the corner.  Every year we try to distribute as many school supplies to our client’s children as possible to help alleviate some of the financial impact.  School supplies are packaged by school age and distributed throughout the month of September. If you would like to help here are some items you can donate: Back Packs, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Highlighters, Markers, Loose Leaf Paper, Crayons, Rulers, Notebooks, Binders, etc.  Calculators are always in demand for the older children.  We hope you will consider donating a few items if at all possible.  Donations can be dropped off at the pantry during our hours of operation (Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9:30 to 11:30AM)
–  Save the Dates –

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 – Second Annual Keyport Food Pantry Benefit Concert – Community Church of Keyport – Warren St. (between Division and Osborn Streets) – 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  More details in next month’s Executive Director Message.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 - Boscov’s – Monmouth Mall (Rt 35 Eatontown Circle & Wyckoff • Eatontown, NJ 07724) Boscov's is helping local non-profit agencies and organizations through their Friends Helping Friends 25% OFF Shopping Pass Event being held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 only. 
Friends Helping Friends is a day to enjoy great shopping, super savings, refreshments, door prizes and the chance for people to support their favorite non-profit organization.  Shopping passes to Friends Helping Friends will be available only from participating non-profit organizations. 100% of the shopping pass money will go to the selling organization.

KMFP is a registered participating organization and will benefit from the sale of tickets. Visit our Facebook event page and let us know if you are going! The cost of the shopping pass is $5.00 and we hope you will support us. If you would like to purchase or help us sell tickets please call me, Isaiah Cooper on 732-888-1986.  If no one is available please leave your name, contact number and a brief message stating you are interested in obtaining tickets.

Thank you in advance for your support for both of these events!
New Building Project Annual Appeal and Pathway to Success donations continue to come in. We are eternally grateful for all the donations we have received thus far. Please continue to spread the word YOU are our voice!

Hunger does not take time off during the summer and because of the generosity of so many we have been able to continue our services and assist all the needy families that come to us.  Our current supporters know that we continue to do whatever is in our power to assist the communities we serve not only through the food we provide but whenever possible with other services as well.   If you know of someone that can use our help direct them to us – we are here for one purpose and that is to help all that we can – by not letting anyone go hungry and assisting in other ways when possible.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program is of great assistance to many people who are struggling financially and need assistance in purchasing food. Foodbank personnel are available at different locations on a monthly basis throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties to assist persons who would like to apply.  For further information contact the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – (732) 918-2600 ext. 234.  If you know of someone that needs assistance in applying please provide this information to them. Spanish speaking personnel available.

Foodbank personnel will be available in Keyport
for those interested in applying as follows:

The Spanish American Club
Thursday, August 9th & August 23rd, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
43 E. Front Street, Keyport, 07735
Keyport Spanish American Club

In ending this message please accept our personal “Thank You” from the KMFP Volunteers for your generosity and all your support of our ongoing efforts. 

If you have any questions, comments, etc. please feel free to contact us. 

Isaiah G. Cooper

Executive Director
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Inc.
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