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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund was created to assist Monmouth County residents experiencing financial distress as a result of the health crisis.

Those in need of emergency assistance may call (732) 775-0525. Please leave a detailed message with a return telephone number. Calls are being returned within 24 to 48 hours. 

 

The financial assistance award can be used for utilities, repairs, food and medicine, insurance payments, and other essential living expenses.

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is being administered by the Interfaith Neighbors’ Rental & Mortgage Assistance team. At this time, the team is working remotely.

 

Since the start of the pandemic, IFN has received over 970 calls for financial assistance. As a result, we have shifted staff members to assist the team in order to ensure a timely response.

 

The fund was established with an initial grant from the Stone Foundation of New Jersey. Since that initial grant, we have received additional support from the Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation, Jersey Mike’s Subs, the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, Manasquan Bank Foundation, the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, Brookdale Community College, and many individual donors.

 

In April, the Interfaith Neighbors’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund was the beneficiary of three fundraisers. Local musician, Pat Roddy, hosted a live Facebook concert on behalf of Interfaith Neighbors; raising over $7,800 in support of the fund. The Spring Lake Theatre Company hosted a virtual Facebook show on behalf of the fund; raising $5,000. And, iconic music industry photographer Danny Clinch, owner of the Transparent Gallery in Asbury Park, hosted an Instagram gallery tour and weekend print sale that resulted in a $5,000 contribution to the COVID-19 Fund.

 

Our heartfelt gratitude to all who supported these events.

 

The Rental & Mortgage Assistance program was Interfaith Neighbors founding initiative. In operation for over 30 years, the program typically aids 350 families annually with up to  $750,000 in direct assistance.

 

We continue to provide reports to Monmouth County and are coordinating with the State of New Jersey in order to be positioned to access funding to assist COVID-19 affected families in need of financial assistance.

 

Gifts of any size are needed and welcomed in support of the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. 

 

CLICK HERE TO GIVE TO THE FUND

 

Meals on Wheels/Senior Nutrition

 

The Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program is currently serving over 1,100 meals daily to homebound seniors across Monmouth County.

 

Working in partnership with Monmouth County and the Affordable Housing Alliance, IFN’s Meals on Wheels program has begun preparing and delivering meals to members of Monmouth County’s homeless population impacted by COVID-19 who are currently being housed while under quarantine at area hotels.

 

IFN is also seeking funding to support local feeding programs like the Asbury Park Dinner Table,  whose mission is to support local restaurants while feeding local families. The program reached out to IFN, requesting support. Local restaurants have been supporting the program out of their own funds, along with charitable contributions, but as social distancing guidelines continue, their resources are becoming limited. IFN is willing and prepared to backstop the initiative by preparing and serving 200 meals if needed.

 

We immediately took steps to ensure program continuity by stocking a two week supply of certain food items, replenished our supply of shelf-stable meals, and are working closely with Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey on strategies to ensure continued operations as we weather this crisis.

 

At this time, we are reviewing requests from seniors for delivery of homebound meals; those that meet eligibility requirements will be added to home-delivered routes as soon as possible. Please understand our delivery system is under stress at the moment.

 

And while the program’s emergent volunteer needs have been met, we are grateful to all who came forward to offer their time and talents when the health crisis sparked. Those interested in volunteering with the meal delivery program can email their 8 am to noon Monday through Friday availability to bethp@interfaithneighbors.org. We will contact you as volunteer slots become available.

 

Donation to the Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels program are gratefully accepted since we are experiencing increased program costs at this time.

 

CLICK HERE TO GIVE TO MEALS ON WHEELS

 

Kula Urban Farm Launches Online Purchasing 

 

While Kula Urban Farm remains closed to the public, we are in the midst of our spring planting. Our staff has been keeping the farm clean and ourselves safe by following proper health guidelines.

 

This month, we launched Shop Kula Farm, an online shopping portal featuring freshly harvested produce and plants.

 

Orders should be made by day’s end Wednesday for an 11 am to 4 pm Friday pickup at 115 Atkins Ave. 

 

Let us know when you’re out front by calling 732-455-0511 or by ringing the bell at the front gate and we’ll run your order to you. Please maintain social distancing guidelines.

 

Because our produce is highly seasonal, you can expect new products on a weekly basis.

 

 

Thank you for supporting your local grower.

 

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The Kula Cafe and the Business Development Center is closed until further notice. Our 810 Fourth Avenue headquarters remains closed to all visitors.

 

Our Mission

To assist the less fortunate among us meet life’s necessities while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Over the years, our services have grown to now include eight distinct programs serving all of Monmouth County, including:


Who We Are

Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in May 1988 when local faith communities came together to address the growing problem of homelessness. Over the years, our services have grown to now include seven distinct programs serving all of Monmouth County. Our supporting members now number over 45 religious congregations of all denominations plus hundreds of private donors as well as corporations, charitable gift trusts and foundations. Interfaith Neighbors has an established track record of successfully delivering projects in a highly efficient and effective manner while building a reputation for excellence that is widely acknowledged,

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