Carlos M. Rodriguez - FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

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One out of ten people living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties receives food from The FoodBank which distributes approx 7 million pounds annually through a network of 260 programs. The FoodBank’s programs aim to eliminate hunger by providing emergency food, skills training, outreach programs, and advocacy for needy families. Since Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, The FoodBank has been providing relief to our local communities.They distributed food for 1 million meals in the first month after the storm. They provided food for hot meals prepared by emergency feeding programs for displaced residents in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Their Culinary Kitchen prepared meals daily for churches and civic organizations serving storm ravaged communities.

The monumental task of alleviating hunger is lead by Carlos M. Rodriguez, Executive Director of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Carlos has15 years of experience improving policies and delivery of services to those in need. He advocates integrating food distribution, income supports, and nutrition education. From the South Bronx, he has an understanding of poverty and an appreciation of the impact human services have on families. The FoodBank began in 1984 when people saw hunger at the Jersey Shore and decided to make a difference. Now Carlos is making a difference. Under his leadership, earned income tax services, SNAP training, and Kids Cafe programs were recognized with the Award of Excellence from Associations Advance America, Victory Against Hunger Award and Award for Excellence from Feeding America, respectively. In 2011 Carlos received LATINO Magazine’s RAYOS Award, “rays of light”. After the interview, go to After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.

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