On behalf of the Monmouth County Automobile Dealers Association, Jon Schwartz of Schwartz Mazda hands over the keys to a brand new refrigerated truck, to Lunch Break executive director Gwendolyn Love.
Press release from Lunch Break of Red Bank
Thousands of neighbors in the local area have come to count on Lunch Break to deliver meals to community members in need, as well as to collect donations for their busy food bank facility. Just before Labor Day, a group of Monmouth County business leaders made a special delivery of their own to the Red Bank-based nonprofit — a donation of a brand new refrigerated truck.
Lunch Break executive director Gwendolyn Love took delivery of the truck, donated by the Monmouth County Automobile Dealers Association. Charter member Jon Schwartz personally handed over the keys to the Hino truck to the director, who said, “We are speechless.”
“This new truck will enable us to ensure we can serve fresh, quality, nutritious food to our neighbors in need,” said Love. “It will also ensure there is minimal disruption in serving meals during our expansion and transition into our new building. It’s wonderful.”
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude,” stated Board of Trustees president Mark Brahney, who was also present when the truck was delivered. “This truck will make a world of difference to all of us…we can’t thank the Monmouth County Automobile Dealers Association enough.”
Jon Schwartz, co-owner (with brother Jim Schwartz) of Schwartz Mazda, described the Monmouth County Automobile Dealers Association as “a charitable, non-profit organization representing over a half dozen auto dealers in Monmouth County, and formed to give back to the community.” In addition to the Schwartz brothers, the charter members who were instrumental in the donation include Straub Motors (Charlie and Remsen Straub), Tom’s Ford (Bob and Mike Little), Red Bank Volvo (Jim and Rich Mathews), Wall Lincoln-Ford (Jeff and George Wall), Buhler Auto Group (Don Buhler), and the team from Circle Auto Group (Tom DeFelice, Circle BMW; Rob DeFelice, Circle Chevrolet; Paul DeFelice, Circle Hyundai; and Donald DeFelice, Circle Chevrolet).
“Hino Trucks of North America, RBC Capital and Ray Catena also donated to purchase the truck for Lunch Break,” said Schwartz.
Also present at the time of delivery, and speaking on behalf of the MCADA, Remsen Straub observed, “It is important to give back. Lunch Break serves such a critical role in our community. All of us at the Association wanted to step up to the plate for Lunch Break.”