There were 450 food items recently collected by residents from Manasquan, Brielle, Point Pleasant Borough and Point Pleasant Beach from several local churches for the Manasquan Food Pantry.
The event, run as a food scavenger hunt, was planned by Pastor Lou LaFazia of The Church in Brielle and his daughter Julianna, a senior at Eastern University. It was well attended, with 48 youths and seven adult chaperones.
Jessica Waldeyer, a participant from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan, said, “The members of the team that collected the most canned goods each received a $10 gift certificate to Dairy Queen.
“I wasn’t really in it for the gift certificate,” Jessica, a Manasquan resident, continued, “but it did give me motivation. And in the end my team won, with 150 cans of food for the food pantry. It was awesome knowing that my help with the food pantry would later benefit families in need.”
The churches involved in the Aug. 19 scavenger hunt were Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Main Street and Osborn Avenue, Manasquan; United Methodist Church, 23 Church St., Manasquan; St. Denis Catholic Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan; First Baptist Church, 47 South St. Manasquan and The Church in Brielle, 821 Riverview Dr. Brielle.
There are many residents from Point Pleasant Borough and Point Pleasant Beach who are parishioners at many of the participating churches and some helped with the food collection efforts.
Interested in helping to fight hunger in the community? Drop off food and other pantry donations, including toilet tissue and other paper goods, to the ecumenical food pantry in the Education Building of the First Presbyterian Church, 16 Virginia Ave., Manasquan, or at any of the local churches listed above.
You can also visit the Manasquan Food Pantry for more information and for a listing of other participating churches in the area.