The Manasquan Food Pantry is primarily run by volunteers from the Manasquan Ministerium, a group of 13 churches in the local community. They help support towns along the Jersey shore, from Belmar to Point Pleasant. The food pantry receives food and donations from churches, local businesses and organizations, such as the Scouts, as well as personal donations, according to Candice Talleur, the manager of Manasquan Food Pantry.
Talleur has been manager of the Manasquan Food Pantry for two years and oversees the volunteers and the food and money being donated to the pantry. The food pantry also receives state and federally funded food through The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“We don’t compare ourselves to other pantries since we are not in a competition,” Talleur says. “We are all in it to help families in need in our community and we work together to make that happen. I love to see when our families have gotten themselves back on their feet because of the help they received from us.”
The hours of the food pantry are Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, every third Thursday, the food pantry is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Manasquan Food Pantry
First Presbyterian Church
16 Virginia Avenue
Photos are courtesy of the Manasquan Food Pantry.