Over 700 cards hand-crafted and personalized by Passaic County Youths

The Rutgers 4-H Cooperative Extension of Passaic County created over 700 Valentine’s Day Cards to distribute to residents who receive Meals on Wheels. Seventy-nine 4-H participants, from 6 to 18 years of age, worked tirelessly to hand-craft these personalized messages which will be delivered on Feb 14th to every single recipient of Meals on Wheels. This is the 4th year the Rutgers 4-H Cooperative Extension of Passaic County has created Valentine’s Day cards.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is an organization that employs a learn-by-doing approach to enable youths to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent and caring adults. The Rutgers 4-H program is an extension of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Passaic County Extension has been a vital part of regular summer events such as the Annual County Fair.

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“The 4-H Cooperative Extension of Passaic County has positively impacted the lives of many children, and helped mold them into skilled and compassionate adults,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “From the Annual County Fair to local science fairs and workshops, the Passaic County 4-H Cooperative Extension has been a boon to the county and its residents.”

The Passaic County Meals on Wheels program served over 56,500 meals to seniors and disabled citizens in 2017. The Passaic County Meals on Wheels Program, operated by the Senior Services Department, will on special occasions provide recipients with care packages such as Holiday Cards or Pet Food.

“Meals on Wheels is more than a nutritional assistance program, it is a wellness check that ensures the continued physical and emotional health of the beneficiary,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James, who also Chairs the Human Services Committee. “Meals on Wheels allows our elderly and disabled residents the ability to continue receiving care and living in their home without the need of a costly nursing facility.”

For more information on the Passaic County 4-H Youth Development Program, visit their website www.passaic.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/.