Bread of Life Food Pantry
Bread of Life Food Pantry in Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, has supported the community since 2009 in partnership with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). The pantry’s mission is to help food-insecure families supplement their monthly groceries in a caring atmosphere where each individual is treated with dignity and respect. They accomplish this mission by distributing nonperishable food the third Wednesday of every month and the following Saturday. The food donated by the CFBNJ usually runs out by Saturday, so the pantry relies on donations to make up the difference.
Currently, the pantry feeds approximately 100 families each month. Their clients are senior citizens living on fixed incomes, individuals with disabilities, low-income working families, and the unemployed. Along with food, the pantry also connects their clients to other resources. They provide pamphlets on nutrition and health and have had representatives visit the pantry to help clients with health insurance and SNAP (food stamps) applications. This assistance is vital, given that food insecurity leads to skyrocketing healthcare costs in addition to a wide range of problems for the individuals.
Sometimes members of the community need food sooner than normal pantry hours allow. For these cases, the pantry has a special emergency food program, separate from the main CFBNJ program, that provides food immediately. The emergency program relies completely on donations and is always in need of support.
Every year Bread of Life Food Pantry holds a Thanksgiving dinner for their clients and other families who are in need. This past year was no exception; 200 people were served restaurant-style by almost 100 volunteers. The annual meal is a rare treat for clients who don’t have the luxury of eating out. Volunteers escorted clients to their seats and served them beverages, entrees, and desserts. The dinner also included tickets for a raffle; this year’s prizes were 15 gift baskets with various themes and four grocery store gift cards.
Of course, hunger isn’t limited to one season, so Bread of Life Food Pantry needs your help year round. Donate today to help this program fight food insecurity and bring hope to those who need it most. As always, 95% of your donation will go directly to supporting the program.