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Good News

End of Summer Fun for our neighborhood kids


Branches has been awarded a grant titled “Nourishing Neighbors Summer Meals Program.” We are very grateful to Albertsons/Acme for making it possible for us to serve families in our area that may need some extra help with food during the summer when schools are not in session.

Branches will be stationed in the parking lot at Pet Smart in Rio Grande from 10-12 on
Mondays and at The MLK Center in Whitesboro on Wednesdays from 10-12.

We will also be supplying food to Mitnick and Memorial Schools in Lower Twp. for
pick up on Mondays and Thursdays from 10-12. We are supplementing the already
existing outstanding program in Lower.

We are beyond excited to embark on this new venture. However, we have one very big
problem. At the present time we are transporting food in vehicles owned by our
volunteers. We would very much like to use our grant money to purchase a used cargo
van. Unfortunately, these vans are in short supply, because of COVID 19.

If you, or anyone you know has a used cargo van that might be available for purchase,
we would love to hear from you.

*Since writing this, we were able to locate a good used Chevrolet cargo van from
Royal Motors, in Cherry Hill.  We immediately put it into service.

Many, many thanks to Albertsons/Acme!
We are blessed by your community minded spirit.


All loaded up with 80 bags of food to supplement the summer food program for Middle and Lower Township School Districts. Branches is doing this project in partnership with Our Lady of the Angels Church. We are putting our new van to good use .

Middle Matters Award to The Branches

Middle Township officials acknowledged both the residents who were lost to COVID and the community members who courageously stepped up as essential workers and volunteers.

The Branches received a Middle Matters Award honoring the dedication of Sandra Lockhart and Terri Mascione, and their amazing team of volunteers to serving our neighbors in need this past year during the pandemic.

The event was held at Ockie Wisting Recreation Complex, Rio Grande on Saturday, March 20th.

The news article printed in The Herald can be accessed here.

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

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Congratulations to The Branches and Thank you to The Impact Club of Cape May County for choosing The Branches to be a recipient of Event 15 in August 9, 2020 

Presentation by Sandra Lockhart and Terri Mascione to The Impact Club August 6, 2020

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 Grande Published by Theresa Mascione ·

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 has joined AmazonSmile.org

If you plan to make a purchase at Amazon, please shop at smile.amazon.com.

Same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know but Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to The Branches. 

Thank you!