LONG BRANCH: A long-standing city business is doing its part to help feed hungry families during the holiday season.
Widmill, a hamburger and hot dog restaurant, hosted 100 local children at its 200 Ocean Ave. location for a free dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The event was held in conjunction with the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which provides meals for needy families in the area.
"One-in-every-five children in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is hungry, meaning they don't get enough food to lead a healthy life without assistance," Foodbank Director of Development Linda Keenan said. "Windmill has demonstrated that when people come together they can make a difference."
Windmill Co-Owner Rena Levine-Levy said similar events will be held at Windmills in six other towns that will help a total of 700 hungry families.
To help demonstrate how it is helping these families, the blades of the Windmill at 586 Ocean Blvd. will be lit up orange through the Thanksgiving season.
"Orange is the color of hunger awareness," Levine-Levy said.
Bulbs were installed in the sails of the Windmill last month after the old ones were dismantled and replaced.
Those in attendance were also treated to the sounds of several local children-led bands such as Lake House Academy.
Keenan said she is thankful for the relationship between Windmill and the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which has been in place for over 20 years.
"I'm so grateful because this has been a long-term relationship and they have never lost focus," she said.