EDISON, NJ - With runs on supermarkets and stories of food insecurity, a local lawmaker decided that he would do his part to help Edison’s senior community in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“For us we were just thinking a head of the basic needs at stores. Knowing seniors can’t get out the home. So I ran out to the bakery this morning at 5 am and got what they have every day,” said Edison Councilmember Joseph Coyle.
Coyle and Edison Board of Education member Jerry Shi visited the Inman Grove Senior Citizen Residence on Sunday. They brought with them an assortment of baked good, including rolls and bagels.
“It was nice to see others happy of a simple deed. Since then we got more volunteers ready to deliver this week,” said Coyle.
The Inman Grove Senior Citizen is an assisted living facility that provides care to people who require assistance with activities of daily living. The care setting provides an intermediate level of care for residents who cannot safely live independently, but do not yet need around-the-clock skilled nursing services like those provided in a nursing home.
“We need to look out for each other,” said Shi. “Right now, the little things, the things we sometimes take for granted, matter a lot. I was grateful to be able to offer assistance to these residents, and I have organized a group of volunteers that will provide ongoing assistance during this challenging time.”
Coyle said that he’s also looking at long-term needs as the coronavirus continues to spread. On Monday Governor Murphy implemented an order that restaurants can serve take-out food only with no dine-in options until further notice.
Coyle, who also serves as the President of the Edison Chamber of Commerce, said that the Chamber has reached out to its members to inventory resources . “Over the weekend members of the chamber did onsite inventory of bakeries, tents and generators.
One bakery member has a full trailer of flour and can produce 1.2 million hard rolls in 5 days. Another member, Miller Rentals has full size tents for the Health Department if needed. Others have generators,” said Coyle.
“You can’t wait for others to think what you’re thinking. Everyone has too many hats in crisis. Pick your hat of responsibility and act.”