In partnership with Ocean Mental Health Services and the Ocean Cares Foundation, the Ocean County Library will be collecting donations of non-perishable food from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23 at its Point Pleasant Beach and Island Heights branches.
“OCL is happy to partner with these agencies to provide assistance to families struggling during the Thanksgiving season,’’ Chief Librarian Rita Oakes said.
The donations will fill food baskets for individuals and families in need served by Ocean Mental Health Services and the Ocean Cares Foundation.
The Island Heights branch is located at 121 Central Ave. Island Heights. The Point Pleasant Beach branch is located at 710 McLean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach.
The Ocean Cares Foundation, helps those with mental health needs access to services and support, allowing them to live healthier and succeed in their treatment goals and lead healthier lives.
Ocean Mental Health Services has been providing counseling to the residents of Ocean County since 1959. The agency’s programs are available to adults, children, and families. Programs include counseling, foster care, group homes, partial day services, a private school for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Non-perishable items being sought include canned vegetables, turkey gravy, corn bread and muffin mix, stuffing mix, bags of candy and nuts, cereal and pancake mix, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, mashed potato mix, cake and brownie mix, Jell-O pudding, mixed drink mixes, pasta, rice and beans and soup and broth. It has been requested that no glass jars be donated.
Donations to the Thanksgiving food drive can also be dropped off at the headquarters of Ocean Mental Health Services at 687 Route 9, Bayville.
To learn more about OceanMHS or the OceanCares Foundation visit www.OceanMHS.org or call 732-269-4849 Ext. 640.