Most Realtors are active members of their communities, and yours truly is no exception. I serve on two committees of the Monmouth County Association of Realtors, and one of them is the Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity Committee. Yesterday we met in Tinton Falls at the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and we presented the Driector, Linda Keenan, with a donation of $4,663.80.
We took a tour of the facility, and it certainly was impressive. The Foodbank accepts donations, food and supplies and distributes them to a network of 300 soup kitchens, women’s shelters and other partner agencies. Those groups feed over 131,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties each year. The Foodbank is so efficiently run that for every $1.00 they receive in donations, they can provide 3 meals by buying in bulk. Ninety-six cents of every dollar goes directly to supporting food programs. The warehouse seemed huge, but Ms. Keenan explained that it holds only enough food for 4 weeks.
I was surprised to learn that the Foodbank has its own extensive organic garden on site outside their large warehouse. There are extensive opportunities for volunteering, either by sorting/packing food in the warehouse, helping with the Mobile Pantry, working in the organic garden, or providing clerical support or help at special events.
At the end of our tour, Ms. Keenan pointed out the Foodbank’s 4 lifesize plastic cows, named Cow Jones, Moodith, Bessy and Cowleen. We were told that Cowleen might be making an appearance at this year’s Rumson St. Patrick’s day parade, so if you’ve never seen a green cow before, you might want to join us at the Diane Turton Rumson office on River Road on Sunday, March 8th.
Leonard “Len” Dunikoski, GRI
Diane Turton Realtors – Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 239-0739 (cell) (732) 530-6686 (office)