PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ – Members of the Passaic County 4-H Club, 4-H Junior/Teen Council, and Science Pathways Clubs donated lunch last week to hospital staff at Barnert Hospital in Paterson.

Barnert Hospital has received an overflow of patients from other locations, and currently does not have a working staff cafeteria. Passaic County 4-H Club members used funds they raised, and partnered with Jersey Mikes of Wayne to donate 50 subway sandwiches and water to the hospital staff at Barnert Hospital. Along with lunch, the students created thank you signs for the hardworking staff, which they sent as pictures to the hospital.

"When the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders decided to partner with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, we knew we were investing in our youth, who will become the pioneers of our county's bright future. We are so proud of the work that the Passaic County 4-H members are doing,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara.

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This opportunity gave students a way to create positive change during an uncertain time. The hospital staff were very grateful for the generous donations and well wishes.

"Service plays a very important role in our NJ 4-H Youth Development program. This was also a great way our youth can take action from their home during this difficult time," shared Marycarmen Kunicki, Passaic County 4-H agent.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information, visit the website at https://passaic.njaes.rutgers.edu/.