(ORANGE, NJ) - Under the advisement of NJEA, Orange Eduction Association (OEA), the local education union of Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, and Security Guards in Orange, NJ is providing over 800 meals to the Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Department, East Orange General Hospital staff, Saint Barnabas Hospital staff, Love of Jesus Church Food Bank staff and local grocery store staff.
Due to restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the OEA Pride in Public Education Committee is able to provide funding and coordinate efforts to support workers on the front line by patronizing local restaurants in Orange, NJ. Starting on April 9, individually wrapped meals purchased from Bella Italia Restaurant, Sandwiches Unlimited and Sunsplash Caribbean Bakery will be served to the workers who have to go to work each day to serve others. Not only will workers be given a delicious meal, but local businesses will benefit from these large orders at a time when they need customers most.
This event is a continuation of the work OEA has done to stand in the gap to get food to people who deserve and need it most. It began when some senior citizens in Orange expressed a need for groceries to Antoinett Hall, OEA Pride Chair. A vulnerable population, they had limited transportation available to go shopping and they couldn't readily find fresh meat to buy. Within 2 days of the request, Marpessa Bell, OEA Treasurer, secured 30 bags of groceries from the only local food bank that was still open, The Love of Jesus Church Food Bank. Ms. Hall and Ms. Bell delivered the food to the senior citizens on March 26, 2020. The OEA “topped off” the food bank provisions with fresh meat they purchased from Unity Beef Sausage Company in Newark, NJ. The seniors appreciated the food donation as much as they appreciated the consideration and kindness that was extended to them.
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