HACKENSACK, N.J. — Between the devastating Covid-19 pandemic and the earth-shattering news of George Floyd’s grisly death, some good came from #BlackoutTuesday today in Hackensack.

During a free food and mask distribution event hosted by the Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) in partnership with Table to Table, 282 boxes of food and 150 masks were given to needy families. The event was held at the GBCA Head Start and Child Development Center of Hackensack on Second Street. Boxes stuffed with bags of food lined the driveway as dozens of cars rolled up to receive the free goods and personal protective equipment, namely surgical masks, that were distributed.

The GBCA is a nonprofit that works throughout the Garden State to build more sustainable families, community institutions and neighborhoods in partnership with various federal, state and local government agencies and private capital investors and lenders. Recipients of its services range from the homeless, recovering addicts, infants, at-risk youth, senior citizens, the unemployed and underemployed and disenfranchised groups, among others.