Chef Lou’s Army, including Ian Singer [left], Joe Infozino [center right] and Lou Smith [right], presented a $2,000 donation to A Need We Feed co-founder and president Cliff Baker on Friday, Sept. 25. PHOTO BY HOPE PATTI

MANASQUAN — Chef Lou’s Army took to Main Street on Thursday, Sept. 17, for a block party fundraiser in support of the organization’s mission to supply meals to essential and frontline workers, first responders and families in need.

More than 120 people came out to support the event, enabling Chef Lou’s Army to raise more than $6,000 –  $2,000 of which was donated to A Need We Feed.

“It was a success. It just shows how many people really care,” Lou Smith, owner of Blend on Main and founder of Chef Lou’s Army, said of the event. “We were in the streets having a good time for a good cause.”

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While Mr. Smith and his “army” have always been charitable, he said giving back to the community took on a new meaning during the pandemic.

Chef Lou’s Army officially became a nonprofit organization back in April in an effort to meet the needs of the local community.

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