SOMERSET, NJ -- Ashley Jankowski, Guest Writer for TAPinto Franklin/Somerset, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to tell an inspiring story of a local group supporting New Jersey health care workers. 

FLAG, which stands for Front Line Appreciation Group, is dedicated to helping feed front line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while also keeping local restaurants in business. FLAG started in Chatham, New Jersey, but chapters quickly sprung up across the state and the nation. The Somerset branch, founded by four local women, have raised over $33,000, delivered over 3,100 meals, and have supported 35 community restaurants. “Their impact is immense,” said Jankowski. 

On National Nurses Day, FLAG delivered 500 meals to nurses in two hospitals in nearby New Brunswick from popular restaurants in the Somerset area. In addition, they also delivered 600 cupcakes, patronizing a local bakery who is struggling during the pandemic. 

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While many are donating financially, the Girl Scouts are donating cookies, and local students are sending handwritten notes and cards to health care workers along with their meals. “Everyone’s chipping in, in whatever way they can,” said Jankowski.

To learn more about FLAG of Somerset, find them on Facebook at @FLAGofSomerset, and to read more about the FLAG organization and their mission, visit www.FLAG2020.org.