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March 26 2020 Sandra Lockhart and Terri
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Radio Interview with Mark Hunter of Coastal Broadcasting for their segment, Homeland Heroes.

If you are in need of food, or know someone who is, please call Branches at 609-886-5091. It has come to our attention that we are not on the list of food banks for the county. We are operating as a food bank at the present time. We are open Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 9-1. You can stop by to pick up a box of food, or leave a message and we will bring it to you if you don't have transportation. We are here to serve the community at this very difficult time. Please be in touch!


This link is to the article that appeared on the front page of The Herald on May 19. It explores the plight of the homeless during the pandemic. Thank you Bill Barlow for writing such an informative article.

The Branches Center of Rio GrandePublished by Sandra Lockhart · June 13 at 5:53 AM ·

Our terrific volunteers Joanne and Becky showing off the new sign for Branches Mobile Food Ministry. Twice a week they travel out into the community to deliver food to those in need. They always stop at the local motels where families live. Many relationships have developed as a result of this ministry.
The Branches Mobile Food Ministry is a partnership between Branches and Our Lady of Angels Church in Cape May Court House.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Theresa Mascione · June 11 at 12:19 PM ·

Consider being a part of this great organization. A Voice for the Homeless! This group of volunteers started our Emergency Fund. This fund enables us to provide housing, prescriptions, bus tickets, plane tickets, ID's and many other services for those less fortunate.

I just came from a meeting of A VOICE FOR THE HOMELESS. It was clear, after reviewing some of the needs, we need help. Your help.

We are advocates for the homeless. Their needs must be revealed now to our County' leadership and the voters in our County

The needs: mental health support, adequate temporary housing, distribution of the Homelessness Trust Fund money, overcoming obstacles to social services.

Required: research county and township budgets, research public vagrancy laws, letter writing, educating ourselves about bail reform, attending meetings as observers; attending our once monthly meeting for support and idea sharing.

WHEN: Second Thursday of month, 10 :00 am. We meet via Zoom these days.

IF INTERESTED: Send email to me at hnblair@msn.com.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart · June 17 at 5:40 PM ·

There are so many good folks who support our mission at Branches. Today we would like to say a special "thank you" to George C. He has faithfully supported us in many different ways. This morning he pulled up in front of Branches with a car full of much needed supplies. We are most grateful for all you do for us!

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Published by Sandra Lockhart · June 5 at 6:06 PM ·

We are so sorry, but we missed the name of the very kind woman who dropped off supplies for the kids in the motels today. We think the supplies came from a primary school in Upper Twp. Wherever they came from, they were a huge hit with the kids. Many thanks!
Thank you once again Lenny Cantanoso for the wonderful deli sandwiches. What a treat! Lenny arrives every Friday, with no fanfare and very quietly delivers 2 boxes of deli sandwiches, along with chips. Our folks love them 😍. You are the best!

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart · June 4 at 6:33 AM ·

Yesterday, some really great folks came by Branches. Lydia and her granddaughter Kirsten brought us bag lunches, each containing a personal message. Such a loving thing to do during these troubled times. Anyone receiving one of these lunches will surely feel a sense of hope and know that someone truly cared about them. Thank you ladies!
Our good friend Lisa brought us bags of toys made specially for the kids who live in the motels. We wanted to take a picture, but as fast as they came in they were on their way to the kids. BTW, they loved them! Lisa also brought us cosmetic bags filled with all kinds of personal care products for our female clients. She has been doing this for some time now and they are always appreciated. Thank you Lisa!
For those of you who are unaware, Branches in partnership with Our Lady of Angels Church in CMCH, does a Mobile Food Ministry, which serves the motels in the area where families live. Every week these families receive food boxes, each designed with the size of the family in mind. Great relationships have developed between the families and our volunteers. Thank you Joanne Kelly and the volunteers who faithfully oversee this important ministry ❀.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart · May 30 at 7:07 AM ·


COVID-19 has impacted us all. Many have become ill, some have lost their jobs and as a result have fallen on hard times. Everyone has a story.
The very talented musical performers of the Cape May area have always supported our mission at Branches and we are grateful. Their concerts have benefitted us over the years.
Sadly, this group of talented musicians cannot perform in public at the present time. However, we can still enjoy their music by means of virtual concerts. They even receive tips from appreciative fans. Many of these performers have designated their tips for Branches.
Well, it's time for us to support this giving and dedicated community of musicians. Please check out @Virtually Cape May Happy Hour Series. You will be thrilled to find that you can still follow your favorite performers from the comfort of you own living room. So, grab your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and tune in. Don't forget the tips, they depend on them!
Let's support this great group of folks, who have faithfully supported Branches over the years 🎼🎹🎸πŸ₯πŸŽ€πŸ˜

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart · May 21  Wow! What a day we had at Branches yesterday. The donations never stopped all day. Thank you once again to the North Wildwood Elks for a truck load of much needed supplies ❀️. Thank you Mary for your very generous donation and Vicki, who buys 10 of everything πŸ’•. And then there are the good folks who don't want to be identified. You know who you are. You are the best 😍. Then, there's Nan from our partner Our Lady of Angels and Rosemary and Ed from St. Brendan the Navigator. Many thanks to you for your generosity πŸ˜‡. And how about the Rio Grande Fire Company stopping by with another truck full of donations πŸ₯‡. Our faithful friend Lisa came by with lots of stuffed animals, which the kids are going to love. Lisa and her friends have been filling cosmetic bags for our folks for quite some time 😻.
If we forgot anyone, please know how much we appreciate your support of our mission at BranchesπŸ‘.How blessed are we! πŸ™

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart May 14

A big Branches "thank you" you to the Green Creek and Rio Grande fire departments for their great work in collecting food for local food banks! Branches was fortunate enough to receive a delivery from both.We appreciate your community spirit and your service to those in need. Many thanks πŸ‘.

​The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart May 9 ·  Thank you to a very sweet girl who donated $35 to Branches. She obviously learned at a very young age what it means to share with those in need. We are so proud of you. 😍

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart May 9 ·

​A blessed Friday at Branches....
This is a picture of the Maddens. They went to a food distribution center in Camden and brought boxes of pineapples and bananas all the way to Branches. Thanks to them, every food box that goes out next week will have fresh fruit. Thank you so much! ❀️🍌❀
Coca Cola of Marmora arrived at Branches yesterday morning to deliver 119 cases of their product! The driver of the big red truck was so pleasant and he unloaded all 119 cases by himself. What a treat for all of the folks who will receive soft drinks for weeks to come! Many thanks to Coca Cola and the driver who brought a smile to our faces 😍.
Our good friends at St. Peter's United Methodist Chuch in Ocean City came by with bags and bags of all of the things that we need to keep us well supplied. Thank you Marion and your crew and Kathy who delivered it all. You have been so faithful to Branches πŸ˜‡.
And then there was Lenny Catanoso who brought us really great sandwiches again this week. They no sooner arrived than we were distributing them to lots of hungry people. Many thanks πŸ‘.
The purpose of this post is of course to thank all of these special people. However, it is meant to let all of our followers know how blessed we are on a regular basis. Once again all of the good folks who give to Branches make it possible for us to serve those in need. It takes a village. Thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts πŸ’•.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart  May 7 ·

​Where do we start? Jackie Wallen Thank you Jackie Wallen for using your down time from Salon Elite to make masks. That was just the beginning. Jackie was making masks and giving them away. Then, she decided to ask folks who received her masks to make a donation to Branches. To date, we are nearing $5,000 in donations! There are not words.
Thank you so much to all of you good folks who made a donation. We are so very grateful. We can't name you by name, but you know who you are. You, yes you, are making it possible for us to serve the homeless and marginalized among us.
Just so you know, we are operating as a Food Bank. The number of people in need of food is growing by the day. All of us at Branches are working hard to meet the need. Hats off to Our Lady of Angels Church, our partner in this effort. Our hearts are touched each day, by the folks we meet. Thank you Jackie, the inspiration behind this act of goodness and to each of you for your donations. ❀️

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart May 4 ·Our volunteers needed a dolly to carry in all of the donations from St. Paul's Church in Stone Harbor. Thank you ladies. We are grateful for your continued support of Branches.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart

· May 4 ·Thank you Gloria and your Instagram friends for an amazing donation of food items. It just goes to show what can be done when folks work together for a good cause. It does take someone to lead the way and that is Gloria! Many, many thanks to one and all!

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart April 29

Thank you to the North Wildwood Elks, Post 1896. What an amazing delivery of supplies we received from these wonderful folks today. We are blown away. We will put everything to good use as we continue to serve those in need in our community.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart April 29 ·

Today, we had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis and Cleve, a lovely, caring couple. They are paying it forward. Branches received a donation of much needed supplies from them and it's not the first time.They, like so many of you are making it possible for us deliver food boxes to folks in our community who are in need.Thank you Phyllis and Cleve and all of you who have been so generous with Branches. You are truly our partners in our effort to care for others. We are so very grateful.

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart April 22
Wow! This is only part of a donation from Gloria and her Instagram friends. We are blown away. Thank you so much for your generosity. We will make good use of it. ❀️

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Sandra Lockhart April 20   What a great idea! Thank you to the unknown person who had an order of fresh fruit from Tony's Produce delivered to Branches this morning. It is already on it's way to our families.The generosity of our community is amazing!

The Branches Center of Rio Grande Published by Theresa Mascione · April 18 at 7:09 PM · Thank You! whoever placed an order through instacart. It just arrived. ❀

The Branches Center of Rio Grande  Published by Sandra Lockhart ·

To the Faithful,
Branches is now serving as a food bank for local families who are in need. We have a great team of volunteers who are packing food boxes and delivering them. The need is great and we anticipate the the need will grow in the weeks to come.
We thought it would be helpful to let you know what goes in a food box: canned soup, crackers, juice, Chef Boyardee, pasta, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, bread, powdered or boxed milk, cereal, mayo, tuna, canned fruit, pork and beans, hot dogs and canned beef stew. We are so grateful for your donations. We will be open Mon., Wed. and Fri. to receive donations. You can also make a monetary donation on our website: www.thebranchesoutreach.org.
We cannot do this without you. We may be packing boxes, but you make it possible for us to do so. Thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts.