Freehold Area Open Door, Inc. (Open Door) is a nonprofit 501(c3) interfaith agency that provides emergency food, emergency funding, mentoring and scholarships to those in need in the Freehold area. Open Door provides a Food Pantry Program, an Emergency Funding/Advocacy Program, an After School Program and a Scholarship Program.

Any person who receives public assistance [General Assistance (GA), Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, Women, Infants and Children (WIC)] is eligible for food assistance at Open Door. If the client receives no public assistance and is employed, we refer to the USDA income eligibility chart published by the Federal Register to determine the amount of food to be given. Residency in our service area is documented. Elderly, persons with disabilities and people who are unemployed are also served.

Open Door has a core of volunteers consisting of retired men and women, college, high school and secondary school students as well as unemployed people. They hail from local houses of worship, civic groups, businesses and some individuals from the private sector. Volunteers help with making food pick-ups; unloading and storing deliveries; stocking shelves and packing clients’ bags; recording client visit dates; advocating for and providing clients with emergency funding; mentoring and computer training children. Training will be provided for all new volunteers.  To apply, call 732-780-1089.

Faith in Action • Is your parish, school or charitable agency in need of volunteers?   Put out a call through The Monitor’s Faith In Action posting. Send all requests to Monitor-News@dioceseoftrenton.org. Type FAITH IN ACTION into the subject line.