The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has teamed-up with Sabrett and WindMill Restaurants to raise money to provide food for those in our communities who don’t have enough to eat. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, each $5.00 donation to this project will help the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties deliver 15 meals and hope to struggling families. In addition, Sabrett will donate up to 10,000 hot dogs matching each $5.00 donation (with a hot dog to The Food Bank). The goal of the project is to raise $50,000 to maximize the contribution from Sabrett, which would result in 160,000 meals in total.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will kick off the summer-long campaign on Friday, May 23, with a concert on the roof of the WindMill in Long Branch at 3 p.m. People can contribute until Labor Day by logging onto 10000HotDogs.com or by texting the word HOTDOG (all one word but not case sensitive) to 41444.
Shelli Sonstein, cohost of Q104.3’s Rock & Roll Morning Show and Monmouth County resident, has been named the first official honorary chairwoman to support the 10,000 Hot Dogs fundraiser. “While most of us can’t wait for summer, it’s also the season of hunger for many kids who may ordinarily rely on the meals they get at school,” Sonstein said. “Your $5.00 donation can help feed a hungry family this summer. I’m proud to spread the word about this wonderful effort.”
Currently in its thirtieth year of operation, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties continued mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The FoodBank envisions Monmouth and Ocean Counties as a food secure community where all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life.
“For many people here at the Jersey Shore, summer means sunny days at the beach and backyard barbecues,” said Linda Keenan, Director of Development, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “But for one out of 10 people living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including 51,000 children, summer can be a season of hunger. Thanks to WindMill and the generous sponsors of the 10,000 Hot Dogs fundraiser, we will be able to provide food for thousands of families in our communities.”
Rena Levine Levy, CEO, WindMill Restaurants, said, “The WindMill has been a proud supporter of the FoodBank for as long as I can remember. To have my son, Jeremy, honor that commitment by spearheading the 10,000 Hot Dogs campaign and to be able to work with him to bring it to fruition has been an incredible experience. I am humbled by the commitment of our major sponsor Sabrett Hot Dogs, which donated 10,000 hot dogs, and our volunteer committee.”