A Message from
the Executive Director

December 2013

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:
2013 will be coming to a close soon - and all of us at the Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry would like to express our deepest gratitude to ALL the individuals, churches, organizations and businesses for their great support throughout the year. This was another difficult year for many, including us, but because of the extreme generosity of our donors our doors remained opened. There were weeks throughout the year that we were not certain if we would have enough food for distribution but as we were all thinking how we would manage our next distribution day, lo and behold someone would walk through our doors with food donations.
We could not and cannot do it without YOU!
Thank You!
In the month of November 2013, we served 235 families equating to 478 Adults and 293 children.
Turkey distribution - took place the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It was on a first come, first served basis. Distribution was scheduled for 9:30 AM but our clients were lined up at 8:30 to ensure that they would receive a turkey. We receive a large number of turkeys from the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties so we were very grateful for the additional donations we received on that day that allowed us to distribute to a total of 170 turkeys with trimmings. Thank you to all the Donors, Maria Connors, KMFP Associate Director and all the KMFP volunteers that helped Maria in the coordination of this effort.
The Christmas Gift Sponsorship - response for our client’s children was a great success. Due to the generosity of so many, 382 children have been sponsored this year. I would like to say Thank You to Maria Connors, KMFP Registrar for doing such a great job again this year in coordinating the Christmas gifts for the children and to all the KMFP Volunteers that will work along with Maria in distributing the gifts. Thank You to all the individuals, churches, organizations and businesses that sponsored our client’s children and helped in putting a smile on these children’s faces on Christmas Day. 
Holiday Food Donations - are welcomed. If you wish to make a donation please contact
Maria Connors, KMFP Registrar Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM on (732) 888-1986. Due to our limited freezer space if you would like to donate turkeys, hams, etc. we would ask that you contact us first.
What better time of the year then now to say Thank You to all the KMFP Volunteers for their time and total dedication and commitment to our organization throughout the year. I am sure that those who know some or all of our volunteers will agree that we would not be able to operate the way we do without each one of them. 
The New Building - is going up and we are looking forward to serving you in the new location, with better and improved services. 
Foundation is in!
Heavy Machinery
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 at the

Spanish American Club
43 E. Front Street, Keyport NJ, 07735
Please call the food pantry to confirm dates & Times for December
Keyport Spanish American Club
Finally, the KMFP Staff and Volunteers - would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Safe Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Health, Happiness and Prosperity. See you in 2014!

Isaiah G. Cooper
Executive Director

Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Inc.
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