County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2018

Monmouth County 4-H Youth Lead Community Service Project on Global Youth Service Day
“Project LUNCH BREAK” on April 28 

FREEHOLD, NJ – On Saturday, April 28th, Monmouth County youth of all ages are invited to take part in “Project LUNCH BREAK,” a 4-H youth-led initiative designed to help the needy. The community service project takes place from 9:00 to 11:00am at the Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Road in Freehold. Children (grades K-12) will decorate and fill individual snack bags and personal hygiene kits for the LUNCH BREAK Organization. The project is sponsored by Samson Electrical Supply Company of South Plainfield, who generously donated all the supplies.

4-H Community Service Ambassador, Shayna Cohen, a high school junior and member of the 4-H Club at Allied Academy of Health and Science in Neptune, has selected LUNCH BREAK as the focus for this county wide community service project. LUNCH BREAK freely provides life’s basic necessities: food, clothing, and fellowship for Monmouth County residents in need. Their motto is “Help for today, Hope for tomorrow”.

Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects. “Through civic engagement, young people are showing that they are the leaders of today and of the future,” says Virginia Krzyzanowski, Monmouth County 4-H Program Associate. “These young people join millions of others around the globe who are actively celebrating Global Youth Service Day by making a difference now.”

Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry said, “Global Youth Service Day offers an important forum to recognize the power of our youth and the important role they play on both a local level and throughout the world.”

Celebrating 30 years, Global Youth Service Day (April 28, 2018) recognizes the positive impact that young people have to their communities year-round. Held each year in April, Global Youth Service Day is a time when millions of young people come together for celebrations and community service projects, often designed to address and raise awareness around tough community issues. With GYSD projects in all 50 states and more than 100 countries, GYSD is the largest service event in the world.

For more information on how your child or youth group can participate in this worthy program, please contact Virginia Krzyzanowski, 4-H Program Associate, at or call 732-431-7260 ext. 7267.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations.