• IC HOPE is dedicated to raising awareness and solving the problem of hunger in our community.


    Members of IC HOPE 2012-2013-2014 

    accept the Governor's Cup and the LEAD2FEED Grand Prize.

    The IC HOPE team recently learned that it has been awarded the "Early Bird Award" and the District 4 - Elementary Award by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Congratulations to the team and THANK YOU to all of the BES friends and especially our families for all of their help and support of IC HOPE events and activities.

    November events:  Art Gala, Babysitting Bash, Volunteering at the FoodBank


    Mission Accomplished !

    Thanks to George Wall and the Butz Families for the loan of the truck for the delivery to the FoodBank, and thanks to Mr. Johnson for driving the truck! 

      We packed and placed in the van over one ton of food from this year's collections! 

    October events:   pasta collection (fill the bin) (Thanks to the PhotoShop class for ads!), CHANGE TO CHANGE HUNGER (Change collection), Boo Grams, Partner with Red Ribbon Week - WE CAN say NO to drugs.  Contribute a can for the can sculpture! 

      Press Communications recorded three radio spots by IC HOPE 2014.  Click the tab at left to hear the results.

    CAR WASH & BAKE SALE -  Thanks to everyone who helped!  We raised $371 dollars.  The bake sale on October 4 raised $321 for the FoodBank.


      The FoodBank sponsored a screening of the documentary A Place at the Table.  Student representatives learned more about the problem of hunger and thought about ways to share the information with others at BES.


    THANKS to everyone who helped us reach our first goal (750 jars of PB&J). We counted 800 jars on Friday! Our next goal is 650 cans of soup.

    On Thursday, September 26, the IC HOPE 2014 learned from experts about nutrition issues, the extent of the problem of hunger in our area, and the various ways that community members are working to help others become food-secure.  In the photo above, the planning team assembles and waits for our guests from Souper Van, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Rutgers University, and YouGiveGoods.com.

    Peggy Policastro, Professor of Nutrition Sciences at Rutgers, emphasizes the importance of the "Healthy Plate" and smart choices using a contest format.  Peggy has been our guest for all three years of our partnership with RAH.

    Teams of 4 answered questions.

       Everyone gathers to learn from Peter Grote, Development Coordinator at the FoodBank.

    Dom Rodriguez shares his story of creating the Souper Van in New Brunswick and partnering with Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen.  He will be teaching a course at Rutgers in the spring semester, teaching students about his business model that incorporates helping others with the demands of running a successful company.

    Student leaders gather and thank Michael Connell, founder of YouGive Goods.com, and Kat Decker, the Coordinator of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), at the conclusion of the workshops.