A Message from
the Executive Director

June 2014

Isaiah G. Cooper

Message Archive:
Happy Father's Day!
June 14th is Flag Day – Honor and remember all the men and women that gave of themselves and those that are currently serving our country so that we are able to display our flag with pride in a free country.
New Building Project Annual Appeal and Pathway to Success – responses continue to come in on a regular basis. We are eternally grateful for all the donations we have received to date.
KMFP benefits from Postal Food Drive – that was held in May. A special Thank You to all the postal employees and to all the residents that contributed goods 
Summer Volunteers – School will be out soon and some parents might be seeking things for their children to do during the summer, so how about allowing them to volunteer at the pantry? In the past we have had young volunteers who have been able to see first hand and learn what hunger is all about. Not only did they help us but they also served the community, in some cases their own. Young volunteers must be 15 years of age or older and can only volunteer with parental consent if under the age of 18. Please note that some lifting might be required. The Parental consent form must be completed and submitted to KMFP before a child is allowed to perform volunteer work. Interested parents can contact us during our hours of operation.  
Construction Progress - We are in the final construction phase for the new building.  Thank you everyone who has contributed so far. We still need to close a small gap in the funding to complete the job. So it is time to buy those bricks if you haven’t already. Here is a look at the latest from the construction site. The roof is on, windows are in and it won't be long before we are putting in our Pathway to Success!
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, to ALL our supporters - Thank You for your ongoing friendship, belief in our organization and all your donations. We cannot do it without YOU.

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