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Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is proud to announce our 8th Annual Gift Auction, featuring holiday gift items including electronics, designer bags, home decor, and more! Our event looks a little different this year with the auction being fully online.




How It Works

November 10th Facebook Group Opens: The auction will be hosted online in a Facebook group. You can join the group now, and it will open on November 10th. Some items will be listed for you to get a sneak peek at!


Saturday November 14th Bidding Begins: The first items for bidding will be listed on the morning of November 14th, with more going live throughout the weekend.


Sunday November 15th Bidding Closes: The last auction will close on Sunday November 15th, and winners will be announced on each item!


Monday November 16th: We will begin reaching out to auction winners to coordinate prize pickup.


The Gift Auction is one of our biggest annual fundraisers, and we can’t wait to bring it to you in a safe, socially distant format this year!


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Did you know that 1 in 10 households were food insecure in 2019? Last year, 9 million adults and 5.3 million children experienced food insecurity.



What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is closely related to other overlapping issues like low wages and lack of affordable housing. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, there are over 52,000 food insecure people in Ocean County.


How did COVID-19 Affect Food Insecurity?

According to Feeding America, the food insecurity rate in Ocean County is expected to jump from 9% in 2019 to 14.2% in 2020. High unemployment rates can increase the number of food insecure households and make it more difficult for families to meet needs.


What Aid is Available for Food Insecure Families?

In New Jersey there are a variety of options for food insecure families or individuals. NJ SNAP is the supplemental nutrition assistance program helping families get what they need to eat healthy. New Jersey also offers the WIC program, which focuses on food and nutrition education for women who are pregnant or have children under the age of five. There are also a variety of food banks throughout New Jersey available to families in need. Fulfill is a Ocean and Monmouth County food bank, but others can be found at HungerFreeNJ.org.



What Can I Do to Help Food Insecure Families?

There are many ways to help support food insecure families, right in Ocean County. The easiest way is to donate non-perishable food to local food banks, which some families rely on. You can reach out to the Ocean and Monmouth County food bank Fulfill, or research other places to donate at HungerFreeNJ.org. Another way to help at food banks is to volunteer your time to sort donations or serve food. Last is to help with meal or grocery delivery to seniors or families in need. Many seniors are unable to get to the grocery store, which means the need for home-delivered meals and groceries is growing. Local groups like Meals on Wheels can help too.


Food insecurity affects 1 in 10 households, but isn’t often well known by others in the community. By working together to make a strong and healthy community, we can transform the lives of children and families in need.


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Over the past eight years, Family Promise affiliates across the country have set aside a week in October to celebrate the work we all do every day – preventing families from becoming homeless, sheltering those in crisis, and stabilizing families so they are no longer at risk. This national event increases awareness of the issue of family homelessness and is an opportunity to engage and thank volunteers, donors, supporters, and community leaders.


This year Family Promise Week takes place on October 18th through 25th. During this week, affiliates will be doing all different activities to fundraise and raise awareness for our mission. This year, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County will be posting on social media, launching a local awareness campaign, and fundraising on FPGives.org.


There are also prizes offered by Family Promise national to affiliates who achieve certain goals! This includes most likes on social media, first to $500 raised, and most new donors! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for posts, and our GiveGab page here!

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