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Value of Strategic Planning

How important is it to have a strategic plan? Lunch Break found out. Lunch Break is a soup kitchen, food pantry, and much more, located in Red Bank, NJ ( Their mission is to provide life’s basic necessities – food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need, and to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles.

Bohse & Associates first worked with the organization in 2009, preparing its initial strategic plan. We returned in 2012 and 2014 to review and update the plan. Did it make a difference to Lunch Break? Their staffing has increased. Their facility has doubled in size. They embarked on a $5 million capital campaign in 2013 to update and expand their main facility program. They renovated their dining room, expanded the kitchen, added a receptionist/waiting area, a client choice food pantry, a clothing closet and fitting room, office space for their network of resource agencies, administrative offices and a meeting/training room. They raised the money in one year and celebrated with a grand opening in January 2015. See the pictures of before and after!

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