Community Resource

Lunch Break

(732) 747-8577
Red Bank

Lunch Break, the food and social services resource center in Red Bank, has temporarily relocated meal service, pantry and clothing operations to nearby facilities during the $12 million capital campaign construction expansion of its headquarters at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank.

New Satellite Location (01/31 2023)

Clara’s Closet at our satellite location at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, (215 MAN), is here for all your clothing needs — from sweaters to coats, to warm hats, gloves, scarves and boots. Stop by during business hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Let us help you find the perfect winter wardrobe staples — and everything is free of charge. For more information, contact Fatima Carranza at [email protected].


Mission: As a caring community, Lunch Break freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond. Vision: We strive to break the cycle of poverty for those we serve and guide our community members in need to self-sufficiency and healthier, more productive lifestyles. Values: We serve everyone with compassion and dignity.

Open to Monmouth and Ocean County residents

Services provided

  • Food Security (Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry)
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Male Mentorship Program (for youth 3rd-12th graders)
  • Womyn’s Worth Mentoring Program
  • Kid’s Cooking Class (ages 5-12)
  • Employment Services (Life Skils Program)

Basic Eligibility: (Client Choice Pantry & Clara’s Closet)

  • Proof of ID
  • Income Verification
  • Proof of Address
  • Proof of Household size

Basic Required Documentation

  • ID
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Residency
  • Proof of household size

Hours of operation

Client Choice Pantry hours:

  • Monday: A-D/ W-Z: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (Last sign-up at 2:45 p.m.)
  • Tuesday: E-I/ O-R: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (Last sign-up at 2: 45 p.m.)
  • Wednesday: J- N/ S- V: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Last sign-up at 5:45 p.m.)
  • Thursday: O-R/ E- I: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last sign-up at 2:45 p.m.)
  • Friday: S-V/ J-N: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last sign-up at 2:45 p.m.)
  • Saturday: W-Z/ A-D: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Last sign-up at 11:45

Meals Served

  • Monday-Friday Hot lunches served, 11:00 am-1: 00 pm
  • Saturday Hot breakfast served, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Bag lunches distributed, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    (Bagged lunches are donated by St. Leo’s the Great in Lincroft)
  • Monday – Saturday Homebound meals delivered (Pre-registration required, Red Bank Area only)


  • Thanksgiving: Dinner served
  • Christmas: Brunch served


Clara’s Closet
Clara’s Closet provides new/gently used clothing for women, men and children.

Sunday/Monday: closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Last sign-up at 2:45 p.m.)
Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Last sign-up at 4:45 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Last sign-up at 11:45 a.m.)

Suited for Success
Provides business and special occasion attire.
By appointment only.  To make an appointment please call 732-747-8577, x3021.

Special Services

  • Children’s Cooking Class, 4-5 week session, Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (advance registration required)
  • Friday Community Dinner Night 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Community Social & Health Services Partnership Series 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of each month 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Family Promise Housing & Family Counseling Programs
  • Mobile Community Garden Market
  • Outreach services

Annual Seasonal Programs

  • Back to School
    backpacks and school supplies program; registration occurs June – July. Pre-registration requirements: Proof of address, proof of ID & original birth certificate.
  • Holiday Toy Program (formerly Adopt-a-Family)
    new toys and clothing program for Christmas; registration occurs Oct 10-29. Pre-registration requirements: Proof of address, proof of ID, original birth certificate and school registration.
  • Holiday Senior Luncheon
    Registration to attend is MANDATORY. Must be 60 and over to participate. One form of documentation is needed to show proof of ID and Age.  Registration: November 9-30.

Advocacy, screenings, Food stamp assistance, legal assistance, and other resources available during lunch hours.

Volunteer opportunities available

Contact information:

  • Program Address- 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd, Red Bank, NJ 07701
  • Program Phone number- 732.747.8577
  • Program Fax number- 732.383.8032
  • Program Email address- [email protected]
Eligibility No criteria is requested for the lunch, breakfast, or clothing. The pantry requires identification with current address.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Seasonal Programs
Payment Options
  • Free
Areas Served
  • Monmouth County

Last Updated: 07/25/23