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Jul 18, 2022

Lunch Break’s School Supply Drive is On

By Lori Draz

Lunch Break is once again sponsoring its annual Back to School Drive, benefiting hundreds of financially insecure schoolchildren and their families who rely on the social service resource center for life’s basic necessities, including school supplies.

Now through Friday, Aug. 12, you can go to the top of the class by donating backpacks and school supplies, including pens and pencils, notebooks and loose-leaf binders, glue sticks, paper, erasers, pencil cases, highlighters and other traditional items. Using your generous gifts, the Lunch Break team will assemble up to 600 backpacks, filled with all the school supplies these kids need for a productive year. These stuffed backpacks will be distributed at the annual Community Picnic at Count Basie Field in Red Bank to families without the financial means to adequately prepare their children for the upcoming school term. 

“Every child, no matter his or her financial situation, deserves a chance to succeed,” said Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love. “Having the required school supplies helps to raise a child’s self-esteem and gets them set with the tools for a positive learning experience. We are grateful to our generous community for helping us to prepare and motivate our children with these necessary supplies.”

Donations may be brought to Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave. in Red Bank from 10 am to 1 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, email Youth Director Marcel Quinones at or call 732-747-8577, ext. 3011.   

Everyone is also invited to come out to enjoy a free day of family fun and softball at this year’s Community Picnic which will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Count Basie Field. In addition to the annual softball championship, attendees will also enjoy healthy picnic fare in accordance with Lunch Break’s nutrition initiative Healthy Together along with games for all ages. 

Lunch Break is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. The resource center freely provides food, clothing, social services, fellowship and life skills to those struggling with financial insecurity as a path to well-being and self-sufficiency.