In the late 90's a group of friends and I began serving Thanksgiving dinner to hungry people in the eastern Monmouth County shore area. We prepared and served dinner in donated space. One year it would be a church basement, another year it would be a warehouse, yet another year we used a store front. It didn't matter to us where we served, as long as people who needed to eat did so. We now serve dinner on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in restaurants donated by their owners. In 2002, we added one more element to our community service, the New Jersey Ride Against AIDS. The Ride began as a 3-day, 250-mile bike ride raising money for NJ-based AIDS charities, 100% of the money raised by our riders and crew goes to charity. We currently host a 1-day, 2-route ride. This year's ride will take place on September 26, 2015. Our events grew larger and our group stronger and in 2014 we formally became Fostering Empathy, Easing Despair, Inc./FEEDing Frenz, a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The mission of Fostering Empathy, Easing Despair, Inc. / FEEDing Frenz is to respond compassionately and responsibily to our sisters and brothers in our community by providing food, clothing, and other necessary personal items directly
to those in need and by raising money for the agencies which support them.
We exist to combat hunger, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives we touch,
thus affecting positive change now and in the future while helping to restore dignity along the way.