A Special Message from
the Executive Director
December 2012/January 2013

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:
Hurricane Sandy, the Noreaster, Christmas holiday and the Economy has taken an extremely heavy toll on both clients and volunteers alike. However, thanks to the fortitude and backbone of both we survived. Donors, patrons and the country have stepped up to the plate to help—Thank You!

Thank you for not letting us down and staying with us while we all search for both housing, clothing and necessities to keep our communities sold.

We have held a turkey distribution, toy distribution and continue to search for other ways to help those displaced by the storm, as well as economic conditions and welcome all aid.
Out of the Blue - Some days it just amazes me that people like this really exist. The folks pictured below showed up shortly after Sandy hit. They are from Maryland and are associated with The Bam's Kung Fu Family Center. Saying they had heard about Keyport on the news and wanted to help out, they first arrived on November 17th with three vehicles stuffed full of food and supplies. Then just before Christmas they returned with a whole lot of toys for the kids. I wish I could tell you all of their names, but they were far too humble to let us know. Amazing Grace!
Donations  during this time of the season are usually at a low, therefore we ask that you please remember us when you go shopping for your families and if possible pick up a few extra items. Visit our How You Can Help section where you will find a printable list of items that we can always use and would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are the heart of an organization; and without them many organizations would not exist. We receive many calls and walk-ins from people wanting to volunteer their services to our organization and we are grateful that these people want to help us in any way they can but due to space constraints we are limited in the amount of volunteers we can have in our current ocation. We don’t turn anyone away we ask them to fill-out an application (How You Can Help ) which we keep on file so we can contact them in the event we are short on volunteers during our days of operation or for the USDA food delivery from the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (once a month). 
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, January 24th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
43 E. Front Street, Keyport, 07735
Keyport Spanish American Club

Need Information on specifics? - Feel free to contact us during our hours of operation, Tuesdays & Thursdays – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (732) 888-1986
  • Financial Donations (Food/New Building Project) – Isaiah Cooper, Executive Director
  • Food Donations and Volunteers – Sherry Hill, Associate Director
  • Inquiries about the assistance we provide Maria Connors, Registrar/Admin Asst. or Mary Matos, Assistant Registrar

The KMFP Staff and Volunteers continue to be forever grateful for all your support and donations.


Isaiah G. Cooper

Executive Director
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Inc.
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