Garden State Securities Gives Back As They Volunteer At Lunchbreak In Red Bank

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Garden State Securities Brokerage Firm volunteers time and resources to provide a hot meal at a soup kitchen in Red Bank, Lunchbreak.

GSS Employees and Family

...I realized these are just your average people down on their luck.
--Maureen Toale, GSS Compliance Associate

On June 26th, 15 employees and family members of Garden State Securities volunteered their time and resources by serving a hot breakfast to the community of Lunchbreak. "Since moving to Red Bank last year, we have been excited to give back to a community that has so openly welcomed us. This is just one way we can do it," says Louis Perrotto, CEO of Garden State Securities.

Lunch Break was started as a humanitarian effort by Mrs. Todd, based at Drs. Parker Boulevard in Red Bank. Norma Todd was born in 1920 in Long Branch and raised in Red Bank. She met her future husband at the Department of Defense who was soon recruited into the foreign service as part of an integration effort. Together, they embarked on a lifetime journey of humanitarian work.

Lunchbreak is a place where anyone in need can get a hot meal or clothing, no questions asked. They serve approximately 2500 hot meals each month (30,000 meals a year!), and provide food to over 65 families from the Food Pantry every month. They also hand out clothes in good repair to over 200 families.

"I have never been to a soup kitchen before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But now I realize these are just your average people down on their luck. It felt great to give back to the community, knowing my small effort was making a difference," says Maureen Toale of Garden State. "I will definitely go back," she promises.

Falling in line with their mission of integrity and service, Garden State has committed to 2 more dates of service this year at the same location, on August 28th and October 23rd. For more information on how to help or make donations to Lunchbreak, please call 732-747-8577 or email info(at)lunchbreak(dot)org.

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