Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) helped serve meals on #FeedingFriday, a day organized by the group FeedNJ dedicated to feeding those less fortunate, with over 2,000 people benefitting across seven counties in New Jersey.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The multi-city event provided meals to St. Joseph’s Social Services Center in Elizabeth, Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, TASK in Trenton, the Salvation Army in Perth Amboy, St. John’s in Newark, Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, Let’s Celebrate in Jersey City and Eva’s Village in Paterson.
Several of these events were attended by their elected representatives including Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, his legislative running mate, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (both D-19), and Chaparro.
“The men and women at our area soup kitchens are doing an amazing job in these trying times,” Chaparro, who served breakfast and lunch at Let’s Celebrate, said today.
“When people know they can get a quality, free meal from people who only support, and don’t judge them, it enables them to pay for other services, so I’m so grateful to these amazing workers and volunteers, as well as FeedNJ for equipping them with nutritious, locally prepared meals.”
FeedNJ is a campaign launched by SoupKitchen411, which, as its name suggests, provides information on the hours of operation and services of tri-state-area soup kitchens.
Though FeedNJ purchases food from local restaurants to be distributed across the state every week of the year, #FeedingFriday is a designated day of action on the last Friday of each month.
August’s kickoff #FeedingFriday event served over 2,000 meals across four counties: Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Union.
“This month’s #FeedingFriday event saw over 2,000 meals purchased from 10 restaurants served to people in need,” said FeedNJ board member and donor Michael Graham, who was in attendance at St. John’s in Newark.
“More Americans are food insecure than are without health insurance. The need has never been greater, so to date we’ve purchased over $150,000 worth of food from New Jersey restaurants to serve directly to New Jersey residents. I would like to thank all our donors for making this a possibility, and extend my gratitude to the tremendous work of our partnering soup kitchen volunteers and coordinators.”
Each attendee at every event practiced state-mandated social distancing and received a reusable, machine-washable FeedNJ cloth mask.
FeedNJ is on track to raise over $1,000,000 by the end of the year. To date, the FeedNJ initiative has served over 25,000 meals statewide in an attempt to curb the ever growing hunger issue.
Donations to FeedNJ can be made through their website and those interested in partnering restaurant with a restaurant or soup kitchen should email firstname.lastname@example.org.