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A Message from the Executive Director
Fall 2018

Isaiah G. Cooper

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Plans for this Fall at the Pantry:
  • Fundraiser: Faith Reformed Church with the Community Church of Keyport and the Middletown Reformed Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Nov. 10. All proceeds to the pantry.
  • One Warm Coat Program: the pantry will participate in the One Warm Coat program this fall/winter to provide winter coats for the clients.
  • Transportation: I am working with the Borough of Keyport to provide transportation for the seniors of Keyport. This is in addition to the existing  Senior to Pantry & Senior Food Shopping programs provided through the Monmouth County Department of Transportation.  For more info or to register all 732-431-6480.
  • Thank You! We would also like to acknowledge the support of these local merchants: Costco, Wawa, Keyport Stop & Shop, Shrewsbury Trader Joe’s, Sickles Market, Hazlet ShopRite, Wegmans.

38th Red Bank CROP Walk Sunday, October 21, 2018

 Visit their website to learn more about this important program that benefits the Food Panty
Crop Walk organizer Jane Schildge & Teen team leaders Dillon McCann & Julia Sullivan visitited with Isaiah Cooper and Natalie Smith to learn more about our operations.
Summer 2018 Recap, we had a very busy summer!
Shopping Carts: The Pantry received a grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation to purchase shopping carts for many of our clients.
New Freezer: The Pantry received a grant from New Jersey Natural Gas to purchase a much needed freezer.
Student Volunteer Program: Many students from the local schools assisted our all- volunteer staff to serve our community. Our young volunteers were able to see first hand and learn what hunger is all about. They not only helped us but they also served the community.
Fresh Produce: Farmers Against Hunger regularly provided fresh produce for the pantry during the summer months. 
Back to School Program: the pantry in partnership with Bridges at the Shore was able to provide basic school supplies to many families in the community. 
Summer Hunger Program: The pantry provided special allocations of food for the children to supplement the regular food allocation during the summer months. 
The Community Church Comedy Night: The fund raiser to support the Food Pantry was a great success! An Evening of Humor, Faith, and Understanding. Rev. Matt Thiringer, Rev. Rusty Eidmann-Hicks, and Rabbi Laurence Malinger volunteered their time to perform at the event.Thank you all who attended. Check out the photos here.
USPS Food Drive - KMFP benefitted from the National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive held in May. A special Thank You to all the postal employees and to all the residents that contributed goods.
Monmouth County Retired Educators Collect and donate food four times a year.
Keyport Boy Scout Troop 364, as well as Memorial School Union Beach held food drives and made donations for food. 
The Pantry continues to thank all who support the programs at the pantry with food, supplies, and financial donations.
Isaiah G. Cooper
Executive Director 
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Inc.