Who We Are

The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean (also known as the Southern Ocean County Community Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-only organization which hosts charitable events to raise awareness about, and funds for, local food pantries as they help thousands of families each year in the Southern Ocean County area.

Since 1995, the Foundation has raised more than $805,000 which has been donated to local food pantries to assist our neighbors in need.

Our Mission Statement

“We are a local, all volunteer non-profit organization with a mission to support local food pantries as they assist our residents with their basic food needs and to help educate the public of the basic food needs of individuals and families in our area.”

Our Vision Statement

“A community where all of our neighbors are free from hunger.”

Who We Serve

All of the monies raised through the Foundation’s fundraising efforts are distributed equally to these eight local food pantries in Southern Ocean County:

  • Barnegat Food Pantry, 686 East Bay Avenue, PO Box 816, Barnegat, 609-698-7174
  • Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry, 148 N. Green Street, Tuckerton, 609-294-4777
  • Ken’s Kitchen at St. Mary’s Parish, PO Box 609, Barnegat, 609-698-5531
  • King of Kings Community Church Food Pantry, 1000 North Main Street, Manahawkin, 609-597-7177
  • Ocean Community Church Food Ministry, 1492 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, 609-597-515
  • St. Francis Center Food Pantry, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Twp, 609-494-8861
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 367 Route 9, Waretown, 609-698-8561
  • Lacey Food Bank Program, c/o Lacey Twp Admin’s Ofc, 818 West Lacey Road, Forked River, 609-693-8703
Please accept our thanks and appreciation for your generous donation of $1,500.00 to the Lacey Food Bank. The Food Program is run entirely by volunteers and exists solely through donations from our community. We currently serve over 200 families a month and we are sincerely grateful for your continued support. Thank You from The Lacey Food BankVeronica Laureigh
Veronica LaureighThe Lacey Food Bank
On behalf of St. Mary's Parish, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation of $1,500.00 made to Ken's Kitchen. Ken's Kitchen is a program that was started over 13 years ago by St. Mary's volunteers. It serves over 600 hot meals every Thursday to those cannot always afford to buy or prepare a nutritious meal. Ken's Kitchen is a vital program in our community. It is run by volunteers and is funded strictly through donations. It is thanks to the generosity you have shown, that enables this program to keep providing meals to the many people who depend on this invaluable service. Thank you again and God bless you. Thank You from St Marys ChurchMsgr. Lenard Tuzeneu
Msgr. Lenard Tuzeneu St. Mary's Parish
The St. Francis Parish and Center would like to thank your members for your very generous donation of $1,500.00 to the Human Concerns Food Pantry. We are very blessed to be part of a community that shares our commitment to helping those less fortunate. Because of your generosity and thoughtfulness this program has grown in many ways to assist those in our community who are experiencing difficult times. The demand on the Food Pantry has grown over the past several years due to the cuts to the food stamp program. In the year 2015 we provided food and personal hygiene items to 7,388 adults and 3,932 children. Without the help of our community, we would not be able to meet this increased demand. Thank you again for your support. Thank You from St FrancisElizabeth Silk-Gutowski
Elizabeth Silk-GutowskiSt. Francis Parish and Center
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the generous donation we recently received of $1,500 for our Food Pantry. Your support combined with the various other organizations helped raise much-needed funds to provide food for many families in need. The OCC food pantry was started in 1997, and has continued to grow over the years. The generosity of the community is a tremendous help in continuing our growth. Thank you for being part of the food pantry. Thank You from Ocean Comm ChurchStacy Grogan
Stacy GroganOcean Community Church