Grants totaling $2300 were awarded:
Bayville, Morning Star: $350 for Morning Star Food Pantry. The mission of Morning Star Food Pantry is to help fight hunger by distributing food to the elderly, single parents, people with illnesses or disabilities, low-income working families and all others that may need temporary or long-term assistance.
Bordentown: $100 for Trinity UMC/Good Neighbor Guild – helping the poor in the Bordentown area, with projects such as the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, prepared meals delivered to residents in area motels, and vouchers for food and shelter.
Forked River: $400 for Fresh Produce Project—the Forked River Hunger Action Team works with the Lacey Food Bank every month to supplement packaged foods their clients receive with fresh produce.
Jacksonville: $850 for Christian Caring Center—Emergency Food Program and Community Lunch/Rural Homeless Program initiative is to reduce hunger and food insecurity among their clients. They provide a continental breakfast and a hot lunch 6 days a week at the Center. Twice each week they also deliver hot, nutritious meal to clients living in the woods and area motels.
Middletown, Westminster: $200 for PAR Garden – the goal is to organically grow and harvest fresh produce to be supplied to community soup kitchens, food banks and needy groups and/or families. Beyond the physical gains, the garden’s purpose aims to develop a stronger relationship between church communities, the neighborhood, garden workers and volunteers in the spirit of learning and teamwork.
New Egypt, Plumsted: $400 for Sabbath House/The Gardens at Plumsted – Sabbath House, a Center for Sacred Activism, is an emerging ministry of Plumsted Presbyterian Church that brings together spiritual practices with actions that lead toward bringing peace and hope into the world. Sabbath House includes: a learning and retreat center, a new worshipping community, and The Gardens at Plumsted. These funds are for the gardens.