BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township has announced a partnership with Boxcar Groceries, which will use the municipal complex for contact-free, drive-through grocery pickup.

According to a release from the township, Boxcar partners with local produce providers to make boxes of grocery staples available for purchase for Bridgewater residents who may not want to go to a grocery store during the pandemic.

The boxes include milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables, and the township will be working with local businesses to provide additional add-ons in the future.

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"We are excited to partner with such an innovative company who has adjusted their original business model in order to fit the needs of the current environment," Mayor Matthew Moench said in the release. "I hope our residents who wish to avoid the stress of grocery shopping in public will find this service of value to them."

Boxcar CEO Joe Colangelo said in the release that they are excited to partner with Bridgewater.

"The response to our contact-free grocery pickups has been tremendous in the towns we are serving," he said in the release.

Residents interested in taking advantage of the service should go to http://www.boxcarapp.com/bridgewater-grocery to reserve a box or donate one to a local charity.

At the scheduled pickup time, residents are asked to drive to the municipal complex, at 100 Commons Way, and follow signage to the pick-up area. The staff there will observe license plates, which residents will submit upon purchase, and load grocery boxes into the car, completely contact free.

The first pickup will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be limited to 50 boxes with plans to expand over the coming weeks.