St. Francis Center Food Pantry Back in Brant Beach

Jan 24, 2013
Courtesy of: St. Francis Parish and Community Center UNLOADING DAY: A bounty of food to supply the St. Francis Community Center Food Pantry was moved to the pantry’s original location at the center in Brant Beach last week, now that repairs to that portion of the center are done. Helping with the task (above) are interns from the Lakewood BlueClaws. From left, back row, are: Scott Fisher (N.J.), Kyle Volp (Wis.), Lisa Picaard (N.J.) and Vicki Pumpple (Ohio), Dan Acheson (N.H.) and Matt Freeman (Ohio); and, front row: Grant Gorham (Ohio), Kristin Klein (Wis.), Adam Lickliter (Ind.) and Kevin Moodhe (N.J.).

The food pantry moved back to its St. Francis Community Center home in Brant Beach last week, almost three months after Superstorm Sandy.

Some of the food donations had been donated in the aftermath of the storm, and some had been stored at St. Francis Central Supply in Brant Beach.

The food pantry had been temporarily located at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin while storm repairs were being made to the Brant Beach center.

The food pantry can always use donations, operators said. “We are currently in need of spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, rice, juice, hygiene products and diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6,” said Lori Tomaro, director of family support services at St. Francis.

In the last fiscal year, the pantry served 15,075 people from throughout Southern Ocean County. This included 4,170 families.  —M.S.

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