Asbury Park, N.J. (APP) – On Tuesday afternoon, volunteer chef Tony Bello had 20 legs of lamb seasoning in pans on the prep table in the Jersey Shore Dream Center kitchen. He is expecting a lot of dinner guests for the ministry’s community Easter dinner today — perhaps as many as 300.The nonprofit ministry’s kitchen is located in the Shore Christian Center in Asbury Park, a city that Gary Bickham, who handles public relations for the ministry, said has a lot of hungry souls.
Jersey Shore Dream Center founder Pastor Isaac Friedel said hunger is a year-round problem. The only difference at the holidays is people living in poverty tend to become more aware of the state they’re in.
Friedel, who started the ministry delivering bottles of water out of his back pack, said it’s always a gamble they’ll get enough food on a week-to-week basis to meet the demand. Their Easter dinner is not ladling any more added pressure on them.
Charity organizers say it’s been increasingly harder ever since superstorm Sandy collided with the coast.