County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2019

Freeholders sponsor annual April food drive
County’s partnership with Fulfill aims to restock shelves

FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is continuing its springtime partnership with Fulfill, formerly known as the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean, and collecting non-perishable food for the entire month of April.

“As the liaison to the County’s Department of Human Services, I am really excited to get involved with the food drive this year and try to make it our most successful yet,” said Freeholder Susan M. Kiley. “I hope you will join me in donating non-perishable food items that will feed our friends and neighbors who are experiencing hunger.”

This is the eighth consecutive year the County has partnered with Fulfill to conduct the April food drive for protein rich, non-perishable food. Food items suitable for donation include peanut butter, granola bars and tuna fish. Other needed food items include ready-to-eat canned meals, canned fruits, canned vegetables, instant potatoes, canned and dry soup, canned pork and beans, canned juices, sip-size juices as well as hot and cold cereal.

Library patrons who have outstanding materials can bring food to the library counter during National Library Week, which runs from April 7 to 13. The libraries will reduce the fines by $1 for every food item donated.

“The Monmouth County Library System is a major public gathering place in many municipalities where residents can use these locations to serve as a key collection point for this food drive,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Library System. “During National Library Week, library patrons can have their overdue books and fines forgiven through the popular ‘Food for Fines’ program, a program to get outstanding material returned to libraries while helping with a wonderful cause.”

The branches of the Monmouth County Library System will be participating all month. Locations include: Library’s Headquarters in Manalapan, Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Marlboro, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Wall and West Long Branch.

In addition, collection bins will be available at most County locations, including the Hall of Records, the County Clerk’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office, Agriculture Building, Longstreet Farm, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center and the Belford Ferry Terminal.

Food donations will also be accepted at Made in Monmouth.

“If you plan to attend the free Made in Monmouth event on April 13 at Monmouth University, please consider bringing a donation for the County’s food drive with Fulfill,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “The one day, shop local event will have food donation collection bins at the entrance.”

April is National County Government Month, sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo’s purpose is to increase public awareness of county governments, their operations and services. The Board of Chosen Freeholders believes the food drive with Fulfill is an excellent way to help achieve this goal.

“Nationwide and here in our County, food bank operations face periods of greatest need between January and August, a time outside of traditional periods of giving and volunteering coinciding with the holiday season,” said Freeholder Kiley. “With the residents’ assistance, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is determined to assist Fulfill in their mission to make sure that ‘Hunger Won’t Win Here.’”

For more information about food assistance and the Division of Social Services, go to

2019 Monmouth County Food Drive drop-off locations

Atlantic Highlands

Atlantic Highlands Library

100 First Ave.


Allentown Library

16 S. Main Street

Colts Neck

Colts Neck Library

1 Winthrop Dr.


Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

2566 Guam Lane

Freehold Borough

Hall of Records & Annex

1 E. Main St.

Freehold Borough

County Clerk's Office

33 Mechanic St.

Freehold Borough

Prosecutor's Office

132 Jerseyville Ave.

Freehold Township

Sheriff's Office

2500 Kozloski Rd.

Freehold Township

Monmouth County Agriculture Building

4000 Kozloski Rd.

Freehold Township

Human Services Building

3000 Kozloski Rd.

Freehold Township

Public Works Complex

250 Center St.

Freehold Township

Election Offices & Special Services

300 Halls Mills Rd.


Hazlet Library

251 Middle Rd.


Holmdel Library

4 Crawfords Corner Rd.


Longstreet Farm Visitor Center

Longstreet Road


Howell Library

318 Old Tavern Rd.


Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

331 Georgia Tavern Rd.


Monmouth County Fire Academy

1027 State Route 33


Monmouth County Library Headquarters

125 Symmes Dr.


Marlboro Library

1 Library Ct. & Wyncrest Dr.

Middletown, Belford

Belford Ferry Terminal

10 Harbor Way

Middletown, Lincroft

Thompson Park Visitor Center

805 Newman Springs Rd.

Middletown, Lincroft

Thompson Park Administration Building

805 Newman Springs Rd.

Neptune Township

Monmouth County Connection

3544 Highway 66


Ocean Township Library

701 Deal Rd.


Oceanport Library

8 Iroquois Ave.


Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch

1001 Rt. 35


Wall Library

2700 Allaire Rd.

West Long Branch

West Long Branch Library

95 Poplar Ave.

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