EDISON, NJ - The South Edison Community Association is mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries to local homebound senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities who are sheltering-in-place during the Coronvirus (COVID-19) crisis.
This is the first of several projects the South Edison Community Association (SECA), a non-profit community group, is undertaking this year.
“We are neighbors helping neighbors. Right now, some of our most vulnerable neighbors need help shopping for groceries,’’ said association president Anthony Russomanno.
The group is hosting a non-perishable food drive to benefit Hands of Hope Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church. Russomanno said the South Edison-based food pantry faces a greater need from local families for canned fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, tuna, and boxed cereals, pasta and rice.
SECA will also conduct a campaign encouraging more Edison residents to end their use of single-use plastic bags. The association is giving away reusable nylon bags to the first 1,000 area residents who join the group.
Among its other volunteer services, SECA advises homeowners about municipal land-use and zoning regulations; helps them navigate the township’s and county’s menu of services; organizes volunteers for neighborhood cleanups and beautification projects; and builds ramps for needy seniors and people with the disabilities.
In addition to Russomanno, SECA’s volunteer executive board includes vice president Dawn Santana; legal advisers Michael Lombardi and Bhavani Tara Shah; infrastructure adviser, Jeffery Reeves; land use adviser Leonard Sendelsky; and community organizer Rajesh Patel.
Volunteers for grocery deliveries must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license and car insurance. T