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Brick Food Relief Group Now at Temporary Location

Hot meals still being given out after group leaves PAL building

Operation Brick Food Relief, a volunteer group that has been providing hot meals to those displaced by Superstorm Sandy since the storm struck, is now operating from a temporary location.

After reaching an agreement late last month with the Police Athletic League to remain in their Drum Point Road building, the PAL once again asked the group to leave. The PAL had originally asked the group to leave after Thanksgiving so it could resume its normal slate of programs.

Then, Operation Brick Food Relief volunteers protested the decision before the township council, from which they received support. But this time, the group left the building quietly.

"We graciously exited the building," said Hope Van Sickle, one of leaders of Operation Brick Food Relief.

Van Sickle said the group may find a permanent location to base its hot food service – as well as upcoming Christmas volunteer efforts – as early as sometime Monday.

But for now, the group has partnered with Starlight Relief Ministries to cook and prepare meals at their location at the Fellowship Chapel, 170 Duchess Lane. The building is commonly known as the former Old Guard building.

The temporary location does not have enough room for storm victims to come in and sit down to eat, however, and the meals are being provided to go.

Meals will be provided Monday evening from 4 to 6 p.m., Van Sickle said.

The group also announced that Starlight has donated coats, work gloves, cleaning supplies, clothes, footwear, and other items that can be provided to those who need them.

shorecorruption December 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
What your home got damaged and you don't Yacht to stay on!
jeffrey j wesrdyke December 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
It will take a week for any one to find the new location if they do at all!!!!
J.JONES December 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
@Jack Your kidding go use The Wow or Dennys building ...They need to to be cleaned up ,get cooking stoves if available working, Tables ,chairs, Plus there up for sale or rent..We know that may take time cause there are many new building around..But doesn't Brick own your building and isn't your building set up and in working conditions to help people who still need your service...?? Why wait to set up another building when PAL is working NOW ! Shame on you ..No more support to PaL from Me...You have lost respect from this tax payer..and supporter...
George December 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
What it tells most Jack is that you have your own mission and could care less about anybody else
Just Pat January 25, 2013 at 06:48 PM
According to someone who answered the phone at the Mayor's office, right after the PAL threw Relief organization out, the dane and kick-boxing classes were being held in the schools. There was real reason that PAL had to get back in the building at that time. Same here - no donations for the PAL / PBA from my entire extended family.

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