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Dec 06, 2020

Fulfill Announces New Leadership Board Chair

Lauren Holman

Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is proud to announce the appointment of Lauren Holman as Executive Board chair, taking the reign from Jeremy Grunin.

“I am honored to lead this fine organization committed to feeding our neighbors at the Jersey Shore,” Holman said. “I am looking forward to continuing my work with Fulfill President and CEO Kim Guadagno and building on the successes of my predecessor, Jeremy Grunin.”

Holman has served as vice chair on Fulfill’s Executive Board for the past year.

“It has been an honor for me to serve as chairman of the board of Fulfill for the past two years,” Grunin said. “I am confident that Lauren will guide the organization to increase its impact and help even more Monmouth and Ocean County residents as we continue navigating through the pandemic.” Grunin will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees of Fulfill.

Board Member Ken Marowitz, the vice president of Frank’s Big and Tall Men’s Shop, will now take over Holman’s former position as vice chair. Also new to the Board of Trustees are Karen Franklin and Marie Unanue.

Fulfill also congratulates 14-year community advocate veteran Gina Petillo who transitioned to the Board of Trustees.

Fulfill has been providing food for families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties for more than 30 years. During the current coronavirus crisis, the demand for food has grown 40 percent, and Fulfill has served an additional 2.7 million meals to people in need.

Fulfill serves pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, provides hot meals for children after school and sends food home for those same children over the weekend. Before the pandemic, Fulfill also provided job training in the culinary program.

Fulfill has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for more than 10 consecutive years. This distinction means Fulfill, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, outperformed most charities in America in areas of efficiency, fiscal integrity, and effectiveness. In fact, 95 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry in the community.

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