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March 18, 2020

OCC Donating All Perishable Food on Campus to the B.E.A.T. Center

O.C.C. Instructional building

TOMS RIVER, NJ — With the move to online instruction and remote business practices due to COVID-19, Ocean County College has directed its food service provider to gather all perishable foods on campus for delivery, by OCC Foundation volunteers, to The B.E.A.T. Center of Ocean County.

Fulfill, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties; Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ); and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation opened The B.E.A.T. (Bringing Everyone All Together) Center in 2016 as a place where families and individuals can access food and other resources.

All perishable food items on campus will be delivered to The B.E.A.T. Center this week for distribution, said OCC Vice President Sara Winchester, to help address hardships caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As Kenneth Malagiere, Executive Director of the OCC Foundation, remarked, “Our Foundation, and entire college community, remain committed to serving our students and broader community though this challenge and into our collective recovery.”

About Ocean County College

For more than 50 years, Ocean County College, a public two-year community college sponsored by Ocean County and the State of New Jersey, has provided area residents with the opportunity to benefit from higher education. OCC is an innovative academic leader offering affordable, student-centered, high-quality educational experiences that prepare and empower diverse learners to contribute to and succeed in global societies. OCC invests in and fosters academic, economic, and cultural excellence, and ensures financial strength by generating new revenue streams, engaging in national and international university and corporate partnerships, and cultivating a technologically progressive and entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at

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