More Than 52,000 Light Bulbs to be Distributed to People in Need
Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will distribute 52,080 LED light bulbs to people in need through its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day programs, and group homes. Fulfill’s “Shine Light on Hunger” campaign is part of the Community Based LED Program with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP).
“Fulfill is more than a food bank. In addition to feeding our struggling neighbors, we offer comprehensive resources for them under one roof to help them move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. Providing these LED light bulbs is part of that effort. These LED light bulbs will help our neighbors make ends meet while serving as an educational tool about how to reduce costly electric bills long term. Most importantly, our ‘Shine Light on Hunger’ campaign also works to raise awareness about the complicated issue of hunger,” said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
The energy efficient light bulbs were purchased and distributed with funds from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. In total, 26,040 two packs of soft white 60W LED light bulbs will be distributed to households in need in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, along with educational handouts about energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR© certified bulbs last approximately 15,000 hours, use up to 90% less energy, and last at least 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, saving an estimated $55 in electricity costs over their lifetime, according to NJCEP.
A special thank you to New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities for selecting Fulfill for the distribution.
“Shine Light on Hunger” will also be the theme of Fulfill’s gala this year to be held on March 27, 2020 at The Sheraton in Eatontown. The gala is the largest annual fundraiser for Fulfill. David Indursky, the Owner and President of Encon Mechanical Corporation, will be this year’s honoree. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at https://fulfillgala2020.givesmart.com.
About Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Fulfill feeds 136,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean Counties per year, 50,000 of them are children. Fulfill moves 1 million pounds of food each month for families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill feeds children, seniors, veterans, and the working poor. Fulfill serves pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens, provides hot meals for children after school, and sends food home for those same children over the weekend during the school year. Fulfill also provides additional services to help our neighbors improve their overall situation. Fulfill assists with tax preparation, connecting people to SNAP (food stamps) benefits, and with job training in our culinary program.
Fulfill has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the tenth consecutive year. This distinction means Fulfill, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization, outperformed most charities in America in areas of efficiency, fiscal integrity, and effectiveness. In fact, 96 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry in our community.
Follow Fulfill on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram and share our posts to help raise awareness about hunger. To donate or volunteer, go to fulfillnj.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.