County places attention on hunger
The front of the Monmouth County Hall of Records on East Main Street in Freehold Borough will be draped in orange bunting during September to raise awareness on the issue of hunger, which affects 127,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
According to a press release, the effort is part of Hunger Action Month, a national campaign by Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief charity. The organization feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks, including the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders is proud to support this national effort to raise public awareness to the needs of the hungry,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said.
“The sad fact is that more than 80,000 people in Monmouth County face hunger every day, many of whom are formerly working, middle class families who lost their jobs or are underemployed,” he added.
The county’s public awareness support comes just four months after a month-long countywide food drive that raised nearly 11 tons of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, according to the press release.