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Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Guadagno to head Ocean, Monmouth food bank

By Nikita Biryukov, May 03 2019 11:21 am

Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will serve as president and CEO of Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the group announced Friday.

“As Fulfill’s CEO, I plan to bring a voice to the growing number of our neighbors who do not know where their next meal will come from,” Guadagno said. “Over the next few months, I hope to reach every corner of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in our own backyard and to raise awareness of the services Fulfill provides to try to solve the problem.  No child should ever go to bed not knowing where his or her next meal will come from.  No parent should ever struggle to put food on their table.”

Guadagno will begin working at Fulfill on May 6.

Her appointment to lead the group was lauded by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

“Kim Guadagno has a strong love and dedication to Monmouth County so I am very pleased to see she has become the new President and CEO of Fulfill,” State Sen. Vin Gopal said. “I know that Kim and Fulfill will do amazing things together to help so many Monmouth and Ocean County families who are in need.”

The organization runs a network of 300 food pantries and kitchens to help feed needy residents in either county.

The group also helps connect residents with services, provides job training and helps New Jerseyans file tax returns, among other things.

“I could not think of a better person to lead a great organization that does such great work in Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said. “That great work will only be enhanced by the addition of Lieutenant Governor Guadagno. LG Guadagno is one of the hardest working people I know, not just in politics, but in all of New Jersey. She is an exceptional choice.”

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