Need to Feed is a food program that operates every Monday afternoon beginning at 3:00 on Springwood Avenue just outside of the Kula Cafe.¬† Since its beginning in December 2010, the program has continued to grow and now serves meals to approximately 200 persons each day it operates.¬† During the winter months, soup, hot coffee, and bread and pastries are made available to the public free of charge.¬† During the summer months the menu changes to sandwiches and juice.¬† Whenever possible and available through donation or purchase, Need to Feed distributes other goods to the community:¬† mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, fruit, toys, books, shelf stable foods, and holiday items.
Need to Feed began when a group of New Jersey Youth Corps of Monmouth County students envisioned a program that would bring a free meal directly to the residents of the West Side community in need.¬† With a goal of providing food to homeless persons, families, children and anyone in need, an initial operating grant was obtained through the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. ¬†Multiple other public and private donors have allowed the program to continue operating for two years.
More than just serving a free meal, Need to Feed has become a weekly community event on Springwood Avenue outside the Kula Cafe.¬† Members of the public, city officials and staff, the police department, the chamber of commerce and other local people and entities stop by not just to grab a bite to eat or volunteer, but also to talk to each other, discuss community events and share concerns.
How to Sponsor a Need to Feed
Each need to feed event costs from $300 to $500.¬† This includes cost of food and salaries for our employees that prepare and serve the food.¬† Perhaps you or your organization would like to sponsor on or more need to feed events.¬† Please support this program by filling out the form below.¬† Or if you have questions, please contact Heather at 732-455-0515.