The collection of school supplies is underway for the lunch break at Red Bank

RED BANK, NJ – Lunch Break will be hosting its annual Community Picnic and Backpacking on August 20 at Count Basie Field in Red Bank, and is seeking school supply donations for the event.

To prepare for the distribution of much-needed school supplies to children in the community, the resource center is holding its annual back-to-school campaign until August 20, the organization said in a press release.

“We are grateful to our generous community for helping us prepare our children for a successful school year. Every child, regardless of financial situation, deserves a chance to succeed. These necessary supplies are part of the means of motivating our young people. to participate in the learning experience,” said Lunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love.

Each year during the annual community picnic, more than 600 backpacks containing school supplies are distributed to families who do not have the financial means to adequately prepare their children for the upcoming school year, according to the press release.

This year’s picnic will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on August 20 and will feature a healthy nutrition picnic, sponsored by Lunch Break, Eat Clean Bro and other community partners, in line with the Healthy Nutrition Initiative Together from Lunch Break, the news release said.

There will also be games for all ages and the annual softball championship, all free for community members.

Those wishing to donate backpacks and school supplies, including pens and pencils, loose-leaf binders and paper, erasers, pencil cases, highlighters, among other traditional items, can do so. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at Family Promise of Monmouth County, 501 Malterer Ave., Oceanport.

For more information, contact Youth Director Marcel Quinones, [email protected], (732) 747-8577, Ext. 3011.

Lunch Break is a registered non-profit organization, providing food, clothing, social services, fellowship and life skills to those struggling with financial insecurity as a pathway to well-being and health. self-sufficiency.