Hello Panther Families and Community Members
We sincerely appreciate the generosity you have shown to our families these past few weeks. The way our program normally operates, is to provide meals to the students in our program only during the 12 weeks a year when school is not in session. Due to current circumstances, as with most organizations, plans change to accommodate the current state of affairs. Many of our families are dealing with loss of income, as well as the temporary closure of St. Gregory’s Pantry where they would normally receive assistance. In these difficult times, we have decided to shift our normal operating procedure to assist our Panther students as much as we can. While we will keep our summer budget intact, we will continue to use all donated funds above that to continue to help our families through these difficult days. All funds that are donated will go right back out to our families in the form of grocery gift cards. Please note that we are not currently collecting food donations. If you have dry goods to donate, you can leave them in the St. Gregory's Pantry drop box which is being used by the St. Mary's Emergency Food Team. They are located at 804 Bay Ave in Point Pleasant. We thank you for your continued support. Our families are grateful to live in such a caring community.
All of the families who are a part of our program have received assistance for Spring Break and have also received help an additional 5 weeks during the Covid-19 crisis as well as a weekly bag of groceries from Lenny's Colonial Ranch Market! As donations keep coming in we will continue to provide aid. Thanks again. *As of Today, May 7th 2020 we have provided $16,000 to our families from all the generous donations you have given in the last month! Are you kidding!? How awesome is that! $16,000 in ONE month!* Thank you from the bottom of our heart.
*AS OF FRIDAY, MAY 22 WE HAVE SUPPLIED $22,000 IN ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES ON OUR PROGRAM! THANK YOU POINT PLEASANT RESIDENTS, SOCIAL CLUBS AND BUSINESSES FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
UPDATE as of July 1, 2020
We are in full swing of Summer assistance to the families that are a part of our program. The children who need assistance the most in Point Pleasant Boro are receiving aid weekly. They will continue to do so until school resumes in the Fall. If you would like to contribute to Panthers Let's Eat and helping the children in our own town please go to the Donate section. We are not collecting non parishables this summer due to social distancing. If you have non parishables that you would like to donate please drop off in the drop box at St. Gregorys Pantry at 804 Bay Ave In Point Pleasant Beach. Thank you so much to everyone who has suppoted this program, we are forever grateful.
Sincerely, The Panthers, Let’s Eat Team
We are a group of parent volunteers from the Point Pleasant Community. We work in conjunction with the Ocean Road School PTO. Our mission is to provide children and their siblings who are on the free/reduced lunch program healthy meals when school is not in session. We receive food and monetary donations from local residents and business, which help us to provide families in our program with meals and snacks during school breaks. Our aim is to make sure that no child in all four Point Pleasant Boro Schools goes hungry.
*PANTHERS LET'S EAT is not affiliated with the Point Pleasant School District. The district mails out the letters to families on the free/reduced lunch program for us. We do not know who they are. If a family chooses to be helped by our program they must volunteer some of their info to PANTHERS LET'S EAT so we can provide assistance. This is a voluntary program and in no way does any familiy on the free and reduced lunch program have to join or give their information.
The main goal of our program is not only to address the issue of food insecurity for our students, but it is also to provide HEALTHY options. We aim to provide enough food so that each child in the residence may have 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and plenty of snacks on the weeks they are out of school. We provide a variation of the following items in EACH delivery:
We provide a variation of the following items in EACH delivery:
For general information, if you are a family in need or to talk about volunteering reach out by emailing