Recognizing the need to improve upon the inadequate space at its previous location, the pantry will now be able to address clients with increased confidentiality through private office space, expand its refrigeration and freezer capabilities and add public restrooms and a space for donated clothing. It will also allow the pantry to enlarge its volunteer base. The new 2403 square foot O.O. John Reed Community Center will house numerous programs sponsored by the Ministerium.
The KMFP will manage the Community Center through generous donations and support from nine local churches that have already collected over $208,000 toward construction costs in private funds since the project began in 2005.In 2011 the County approved a Community Development Block Grant for $134,375 in matching funds to be used towards the construction. The Community Church has provided the land for the Center for $1 per year lease to the KMFP. Engineering, Architects and legal services were provided pro bono. Many volunteers were on hand to assist with construction of the facility.
The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony will take place on Jan 24th at 10:00 am, and speakers will include: Rev. Dawn Seaman, Pastor of Community Church, Carlos Rodriguez of the Foodbank of Monmouth/Ocean County, Pastor Matt Thiringer, President of the Board of Trustees of the KMFP, Architect and Designer Kevin Kernahan and Executive Director Isaiah G. Cooper with whom the project was born.
Both Mayors Aumack (Keyport) and Mayor Smith (Union Beach) will be on hand along with local town and county officials to lend their support for the project.
In the spirit of the KMFP tradition, donation boxes will be on hand to accept non perishables and canned goods during the event. Refreshments will be served following the opening at the Community Church Fellowship Hall.