Jackson Food Pantries Face Challenges

Members of The Jackson Elks Lodge 2744 present a check earlier this year to the Jackson Food Pantry at their headquarters. (Photo courtesy Jackson Elks Lodge 2744)

  JACKSON – With the increased cost of food and gas in recent months, volunteers and operators of food pantries are facing additional challenges.

  Earlier this year, members of the Jackson Elks Lodge 2744 provided much needed support to a township-based food pantry.

  The Lodge provided a generous donation during a visit to their facility where they learned how the organization’s operation works in providing meals to those in need.

  Jackson Elks Exalted Ruler Joe LaMonica told The Jackson Times that “we visited them and spoke with Joy Rende, the director of the Jackson Women of Today – Food Pantry, where we donated a check for $1,800.”

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  Rende said she appreciated the Jackson Elks donation and those received from individuals of the community and other organizations. She noted the added challenges of operating the food pantry during this current time of high gas prices and shortages in certain food items as well as increases in costs.

  The pantry is located at 95 W Veterans Highway.

Shelves of stocked food items are ready for distribution to those residents in need. (courtesy Jackson Elks Lodge 2744)

  To get an update on their distribution days and hours of operation for those and need and for seniors and disabled clients call 732-833-6800.

  Another facility serving Jackson Township and area residents to alleviate food insecurity, is the Open Arms Pantry at Jackson Baptist Church.

  This food pantry is based at 360 Bennetts Mills Road has been operating since 1986. Their hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment call Ocean County Board of Social Services at 732-349-1500, and one of their volunteers will assist you.

  DeBows United Methodist Church at 509 Monmouth Road also provides a food pantry.

  Pantry hours are the second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are required. For further information about this food pantry call 732-928-4475.