“We are a local, all volunteer non-profit organization with a mission to support local food pantries as they assist our residents with their basic food needs and to help educate the public of the basic food needs of individuals and families in our area.”
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Rebecca is Art & Marketing Director for several local companies including Kapler’s Pharmacy,Uncle Will’s Pancake House, Hot Or Not Yoga, Shore Wheels, Medicine Solutions Pharmacy, Calloway's Restaurant & Bar, and Medicine to Go Pharmacy. Through her work and personal efforts, she has become involved in giving back to the area in which she was born and raised. She has conducted many successful fundraisers for local groups, and volunteers much of her free time. She has been honored by the Stafford Twp Volunteer Fire Company for her efforts during Superstorm Sandy, and has been awarded honorary membership in the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter and the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co.
Skye J. Gibson joined The Somers Group in 2010. Skye is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Skye's previous experience includes public accounting and owning small businesses. Skye is a 2001 graduate of the University of Delaware, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He earned a Masters in Business Administration in 2006 from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Skye currently serves as a Trustee and also serves on the board and various committees for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Stafford Township, New Jersey, with their two children, Karter and Tanner.
Gary Henderson co-founded Bay Magazine with his daughter. He has been coming to Long Beach Island for over 60 years and owns a home in Surf City on LBI. Gary has over 35 years of C-level experience having worked for Gannett and News Corporation as well as successfully starting a number of companies in the Media, Internet, Digital and Mobile industries. Gary has also served on a number of community boards such as the King Low Heywood Thomas School, Ridgefield Library, Bedford Hills Fire Department to name a few.
Katie Hood is a manager of her family owned business Reynolds Landscaping and Garden Shop. Katie takes great pride in running the weddings and events division of the company. She truly loves to express her creativity through floral design. Katie is married to Tanek Hood and together they have two amazing children Cullen and Ellie. The Hood family resides in Cedar Run NJ. Katie loves being involved in supporting the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. She has a passion for helping others in her local community and is thrilled to be the newest member on the HFOSO board.
Dorothy Lassik is a Vice President at TD Bank at Rt 72 in Manahawkin, NJ. She is the Store Manager and Small Business solutions advisor. She devotes much of her time to volunteer work including serving on the Foundation’s board and as a member of the planning committee for its annual Taste of Southern Ocean County fundraising dinner, and supports the Stafford Community Garden and the Hope Center in Toms River. She also serves on the board of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and is a Core Member of the Chowderfest Committee. The Lustgarden Foundation is another non-profit organization Dot volunteers her time and energy to year-round, raising funds for pancreatic cancer research, as well as participating in various other fundraising events for families battling cancer.
Don Myers has been a fixture in Long Beach Township leadership for almost a half century, giving professional insight and charitable support that helped shape the community for the better. Under his watch, the Long Beach Township beach patrol grew to become one of the most recognized and best managed departments in the country.
A graduate of Drexel University, a Brant Beach homeowner, and proud father of Madeline and Hannah; Don has a record of volunteerism and community service. Creating the first Lifeguard in Training (LIT) program in the nation in 1988 to originating the first Beach Wheels program in the state, Don found ways to innovate Long Beach Township, while supervising the Long Beach Township Beach Patrol for 28 years before retiring in 2014. He is currently active with Southern Regional School District, LBI 18 Mile Run, Ship Bottom Christmas Parade Committee, LBI Rotary Club and the Maximillian Foundation
Brian owns Fantasy Island Amusement Park on Long Beach Island and has been a Southern Ocean County entrepreneur since 1997. As founder and CEO of Wainwright Family Enterprises, he leads companies with more than 600 people in the retail, real estate, family entertainment and technology services industries. Brian serves on the board of the New Jersey Amusement Association as well as the LBI Chamber of Commerce. This region has welcomed his family and supported his businesses, and he’s proud to give back by helping HFOSO create a community that is hunger-free.
Laura Benson, Esq.
Dr. Jeffrey Hager
Rich Visotcky, Esq.
Our 2021 Calendar
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Taste @ Home Dinner (6:00 - 9:00pm, Ott's Good Earth Garden)
Monday, June 21, 2021 Annual Meeting (9:00am-9:45am Board Meeting)
Monday June 21, 2021 Board Meeting (9:45am-10:30am Annual Meeting)
Monday, October 18, 2021 Board Meeting (9:30am-10:30am)
Saturday, November 27, 2021 Thanks4Giving 5K RunRaiser (7:30am-10:00am, Veterans’ Bicentennial Park, Beach Haven)
All Board Meetings Til Further Notice Will Be Held At The Wireless Experience Offices - Rt. 9 Manahawkin NJ