Brick PAL, Food Relief Volunteers Reach Pact

Food relief group will be allowed to remain at PAL building

A group offering free hot meals to Superstorm Sandy victims will continue to base their relief effort at the Brick Police Athletic League building on Drum Point Road.

Operation Brick Food Relief has been providing Sandy victims with meals ever since the storm hit. The daily meals have continued to draw people ever since, often those who cannot live in their homes and have no other meal option besides costly dinners out at restaurants.

The Brick PAL organization notified the group last week that it had to be out of the building by Nov. 23 so normal PAL programs could resume, but the PAL faced an immense backlash at the Nov. 20 Brick Township council meeting. There, council members excoriated the PAL for asking the food relief group to leave and sent a letter to the PAL asking it to reconsider. There was also talk of legal action, since the township owns the PAL building.

But Operation Brick Food Relief announced this weekend that its relief effort would continue after an agreement was reached with the PAL.

"Operation Brick Food Relief is happy to announce that we are partnering with the Brick PAL to continue serving meals at the PAL building, 60 Drum Point Road, Brick," the group posted on its Facebook page.

Operation Brick Food Relief thanked the PAL board, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, the township council, as well as town employees and volunteers, for helping the relief effort to continue.

Effective Monday, the group will serve meals from 12 noon to 5 p.m. daily. Those hours will allow the meals service to continue as well as the PAL's programs, said a joint statement by the OBFR directors, Amy LaBianca, Hope VanSickle and Steve LaBianca.

Township of Brick officials will also be on hand during the food service hours to take information from all residents affected by Sandy.

"The goal is to obtain information to determine each person's needs in an effort to help provide resources and necessary information to assist in the rebuild," the directors said in their statement.

OBFR is also continuing to seek volunteers to assist serve food during the day, but especially at 5 p.m. to clean up and break down the room to get it ready for the PAL's night classes. The group can be contacted at operationbrickfoodrelief@gmail.com.

Bricky November 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Most people work until 5pm. How does this help them? I guess if I am displaced, or have no usable kitchen, I should just arrange to leave work at 3:30 everyday to pick up dinner before the 5pm shutdown? PAL you did not save face.
oldkodger November 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
good job Michele
WMS826 November 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
So where is the permanent housing is the question you should be asking and for how long will they have to do this. Where is the cruise ship that police chief in New Orleans got when he asked for it. Where are the FEMA trailers, where is the Hollywood star accusing the white house of racisit thoughts on national TV, come to think about it, where is our telethon. What about the other PAl programs, do they now fade away to become a shelter, are these all Brick people they are helping, who pays the PAL staff and PAL exspenses to run the building like this. Lets ask some questions before we all just "feel good" about things we are doing.
A Polymath November 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
There have been some conflicting statements about the PAL facility, namely who owns the land, the building, and who pays the utilities and upkeep. I would like Daniel to get the facts and publish a small article on this. His reporting is nonpartisan and factual as far as I can tell, so I would rely on his reportage as honest and impartial. Someone from PAL called for a donation last Friday. After this story broke I was so mad at them I nearly broke the sound barrier when I slammed the phone down!
Sick of whining people November 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I want to know who over there actually thought that would be a good idea to ask this group to leave. Stupid, stupid people for not seeing the public's reaction on this one.
Brick November 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Isn't the Mayors father n law and other relatives on the PAL exec board? Why was this ever even discussed to kick them out... Shameful
Mrgrumpass November 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Here we go blaming the mayor, the Brick PAL is run by the son inlaw of one of the big mahoffs of the state PAL, and the PAL board does not run Brick the PAL director does. I will point at the mayor when he responsable but here in the Patch no matter what the problem there is some Moronic statement connecting the mayor!
Brittany Desch November 26, 2012 at 04:38 AM
The Brick PAL is still bitter that they got kicked out of brick schools running the after care program I think.
Irina November 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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lifelongBrick November 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Iam sure this was not a heartfelt decision that they WANTED to continue to have there doors opened. what happened was they saw & heard that they would no longer have the towns support if they kicked them out... sorry you lost my funding many years ago, it just made it easier for other people to now that saw your true colors..
Clown Baby November 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Again? I worked for Pal like 10 years ago...it was not the best run ship...
Jack Reynolds November 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Issues forgotten. Brick relief is doing a great job, But is it legal? what if something goes wrong, whose responsible? who checks the food for safety? who are the people working there, did anyone check them out? who are the people getting the help, are they really in need? All the food is it cooked and stored correctly? where are all the funds going? who is doing the accounting? who will be held responsible for a problem, does the Brick relief people are they thinking about that, could we sue them if someone gets hurt or sick? What happens if someone gets hurt? do they have insurance? Again, people keep attacking the Brick PAL thats been around over 35 years, doing great things for over 35 years, theres so much emotion here that people forgot the basics. These Brick relief people, now who are they too?, what are their names?, what are their references, its great to help put but when I was there I noticed funds being collected for the relief, I noticed a mess all over the place, so who does the accounting to make sure the funds go where they are supposed to go, QUESTIONS that have to been answered... Its been a month, we have state agencies that handle these matters and are accountable, Brick Relief is well intentioned people helping out, but serious propblems could crop up that no one is thinking about, and Attacking the PAL is wrong, the whole idea of a recovery is to get back to normal as soon as possible.
Jack Reynolds November 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
you think wrong, the Brick school system decided to creat their own after school program and they went after the system the PAL created,
Jack Reynolds November 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
this is a non profit organization, the former President was on the board years before the mayor even gotten elected, more typical crap from people who have their own political agenda , this is how misinformation gets started, talk about shameful your comments in inuendos are shameful,
Jack Reynolds November 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
BTW there are so many Brick PAL people voluntering, look at the pciture above, the attacks on the BRICK PAL started with people who have no idea of the real situation,they dont know the facts and are acting stricktly from emotion, they made wild claims against the PAL, they should apologise This is just another attempt to change the narrative and promote a bigger agenda,
Mrgrumpass November 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Clown Baby You are right the ship is sinking, and the director has misplaced the life jackets, Brick PAL has been on the edge of extinction for years, it has become nothing more than a daycare program!
Mrgrumpass November 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Jack You sound like a lawyer, and lawyers are the reason people don't even stop to help injured people they are in fear of being taken to court and loosing the shirt to lawyers. Bricks volunteers are doing a great job and we who were directly affected by this storm we love them for it, you need to chase an ambulance
BrickGuy November 27, 2012 at 01:18 AM
the question is...who is Jack? That might shine some light on his line of questioning.
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TastyCakes December 03, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I drove past the PAL yesterday and it looked like it was closed. I check the Operation Brick Food Relief Facebook page today and apparently they were kicked out after all because they are moving. So much for compassion PAL.
TastyCakes December 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
If you lost your home, your car and everything else you owned I'd like to see how quickly your life would be back to normal. In your mind, apparently a month is long enough.
marine0311 December 07, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Let's put the food mission aside. Why did this group "take over" the meals on wheels for the elderly? That situation has nothing to do with hurricane sandy. Those elderly were in the program before. I have a huge problem that this group is solicitating on outside websites for volunteers to "deliver meals to home bound elderly". Have your own car and over 18. The elderly on these groups assume they are being provided for by a program thru brick seniors. I thinks it's horrible to call out to anyone on the Internet to go to these people who are thinking the people that knock on their door are safe. To assume that anyone answering a call for volunteers are all good people is naive. After every tragedy there are those taking advantage. It's sad but it's the truth so lets not have our seniors at risk.
Joe w December 07, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I work at PAL for the summer camp program. PAL is basically in bankrupsy. Them being there Ltered money being made for the workers. Also, the volunteers said that the program would only be for two weeks. So not only did they lie, they also were letting homeless people stay there. And i heard a rumor of a pedophile being there getting arrested. The bottom line is that there was more people volunteering than people being served. They also had not permits.
Joe w December 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
People alsontook advantage of the free meals.
marine0311 December 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM
People from northern jersey in areas that were not at all impacted by sandy came to this area to take advantage of the food as well as the area donation centers. The last day they left, the township, mayor, and pal agreed they were no longer needed as 5 people showed up with only two being from brick. Simeone went from my hometown, and ill tell you, our area was not affected and had all power. I don't think anyone here intention was for Brick to open up a true soup kitchen and draw transient people to the area, but that was exactly what was being done. They said they would leave in two weeks then threatened to and did take the story to the press in order to force officials to allow them to stay. They were looking everywhere to try and get people to come, no matter the need. In the end, the volunteers were the ones that needed this, not brick residents.
food for the soul December 19, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Its people like you that dont have the facts and spread missinformation which is the sad thing. You dont know what your talking about and are probably one of the Pal members who speak out of both sides of your mouth and continue to backstab good, honest, and caring people whenever you get a chance. You and your friend Joe w should be ashamed of yourselves because your both full of it...
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