A Message from
the Executive Director

July 2014

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:
New Mailing Address – 42 Elizabeth Street, Keyport 07735

We are very close to completing the new building and moving in. Operations of the Pantry will continue at the current address,
10 E. Front Street until the interior work is completed. 
We will announce the official move-in date and Grand Opening in a future message.
Project Background – This project represents a unique public/private partnership and a culmination of ten years of planning to create a new, larger facility which will serve as an anchor for social services, education programs, and food distribution to over 200 families per month from more than 20 towns in the Monmouth County Bayshore area.

The pantry has been operating at St. Mary’s the Virgin Episcopal Church for many years, a location inadequate to serve its current and future clients. 
Recognizing the need to improve upon the inadequate space at its current location ten years ago we undertook the New Building project. And now a decade later we have realized the dream and the pantry will now be able to address clients with increased confidentiality through private office space, expand its refrigeration and freezer capabilities and add public restrooms and a space for donated clothing.

The new facility will also allow the pantry to enlarge its volunteer base. The new 2403 square foot O.O. John Reed Community Center will house numerous programs sponsored by the Ministerium.  

The KMFP will manage the Community Center through generous donations and support from nine local churches that have already collected over $208,000 toward construction costs in private funds since the project began in 2005. In 2011 the County approved a Community Development Block Grant for $134,375 in matching funds to be used towards the construction. The Community Church has provided the land for the Center for $1 per year lease to the KMFP. Engineering, Architects and legal services were provided pro bono. Many volunteers will be on hand to assist with construction of the facility.

Food Donations continue to come in everyday and we are truly grateful for everything we receive. We are so lucky to have people that know us and know that we do all that we can to make sure no man, woman or child goes hungry. Visit our How You Can Help section of our website for a printable list of items that are always needed. If you have specific questions about food donations please contact Associate Director Sherry Hill during our hours of operation.

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. See also: USDA Food and Nutrition web site.

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 this month.

Keyport Spanish American Club
As always, a BIG thank you to all our great supporters from the KMFP Staff and Volunteers.

Isaiah G. Cooper
Executive Director
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, Inc.
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