WARETOWN, NJ – Many residents are doing their best to stay home and avoid the spread of the coronavirus. However, the jobs of many frontline workers don’t afford them that opportunity. Meanwhile, in Ocean Township, the local police have added to their first responder duties as “hunger heroes.”
“My staff decided to pool their own money together and support local businesses and residents,” shared Ocean Township Police Chief Michel Rogalski. “We pre-purchased seventy pizzas and will distribute them tomorrow and next Friday.”
As it turns out, credit goes to Lacey Township PBA 238, for coming up with the concept in the first place. When Ocean Township cops took up a collection internally, everyone reached into their pockets to fork over contributions. The donors included everyone from the newest dispatcher to the highest-ranking officer, the chief himself.
Not surprisingly, another generous move came as a result of the planned “social distanced pizza party.” Ocean Township Police Sergeant Dennis Jarin heads up the Toy Run Foundation of Manahawkin. Assuming that folks might want to wet their lips as the enjoyed their pizza, the Toy Run added to the donation. The organization has chipped in to send a bottle of soda home with all pizzas.
Waretown’s hunger heroes are hopeful that those feeling financial constraints will take advantage of the pizza and soda distribution. The event begins tomorrow at 5pm and is scheduled until 7pm. It’s the ultimate delivery system as Ocean Township residents are advised to pull into the police department’s back parking lot and drive off with the evening’s dinner.
Plans are to limit distribution to one pizza and soda per household. The “social distanced pizza party” continues next Friday, April 3rd at the same time. Rolling down your window to talk to a police officer just proved to be something all involved can appreciate.
While no questions will be asked, the offer is only open to Ocean Township residents and families in need.
“I am so proud of everyone of my employees,” shared Rogalski. “I couldn’t pick a better group of people to call my friends.”