Asbury Park Dinner Table To Aid Local Families in Coronavirus Crisis

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, a  new nonprofit organization, Asbury Park Dinner Table, is taking action feeding local neighbors in need.
The initiative was created to help families who are already struggling and for those who need extra help due to school and college closures while at the same time helping the local restaurant community.
Donations made online to AP Dinner Table, will directly aid local restaurants in preparing specially-packaged dinner meals to be delivered to locations for food insecure families to “grab and go.”  Meals will be delivered daily from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (operating hours may change).
As of March 17th, the distribution points are at Second Baptist Church at 124 Atkins Avenue, St. Stephen’s AME Zion Church at 1001 Springwood Avenue, and United Fellowship Baptist Church at 603 3rd Avenue. 
“Our hard working local restaurant owners and their employees do more than just make food. They are also major employers in town and the livelihood of many of our neighbors,” says Kathy Kelly, co- chair of the Asbury Park Business Committee. 
“Thirty dollars will fund restaurants to produce about three dinner meals for people in need,” said APDT co-founder Julie Andreola. “Locals helping locals feed locals – it’s what Asbury Park is all about.”
“Our love of Asbury Park is marrow-deep,” said co-founder Giuseppe Grillo. “APDT was created to do something positive in the midst of this crisis – in this case, support our restaurants and feed dinner to people in need.”
Reverend Semaj Vanzant of Second Baptist Church adds, “It is vital that in the time of need, we band together to ‘be our brothers/sisters keeper.’ I am so glad church and community could join together to make sure families are fed in this time of crisis.”
At press time, restaurants pitching in include: Longosta Lounge,  Mogo, Pasta Volo, Reyla,  Cardinal, Amici, Belmontes, Modines, Confections of a Rock$tar, and  Sweet Dani B’s.
To donate or for more information on Asbury Park Dinner Table, go to or go to the organization’s PayPal donation page: 
For more information Email Kathy at