A Message from
the Executive Director
September 2012

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:
            End of Summer, Back to School This Week!

Food Supplies extremely low! -
With fall fast approaching, we are seeing increased demand for services and the pantry shelves are getting bare. Please encourage anyone you know with resources to help with donations. All of your donations, big or small, are truly appreciated, every little bit helps! We cannot do it without YOU! See our How You Can Help page.
The new school year – is here!  We will begin distributing school supplies starting Tuesday, September 4th. School supplies are packaged by school age children and distributed throughout the month of September. We want to thank everyone who donated supplies for our client’s children this year. We received Back Packs, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Highlighters, Markers, Loose Leaf Paper, Crayons, Rulers, Notebooks, Binders, and Calculators. It's not too late! Donations can still be dropped off at the pantry during our hours of operation (Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9:30 to 11:30 AM)
Summer Interns - We were blessed once again this year by our young volunteers, Holly and Jake. They helped with just about every aspect of food collection, packaging and distribution. Holly was also very helpful in identifying age appropriate books for our client's children to read.
From all of us at the KMFP, Thank You and Have a Great School Year!
–  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.

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!

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
Please call the food pantry to confirm dates & Times for September
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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