HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – While the doors to Hillsborough YMCA remain temporarily closed by Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order prompted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Y’s mission to help the community hasn’t faltered. And neither has the mission of the Hillsborough Rotary Club.

The Rotary is now delivering lunch for children and staff at the Y’s emergency child care program each Wednesday. The food, which comes from restaurants in the community, is paid for and delivered by Rotary volunteers, making it a win not only for the Y, but local business that are suffering the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“We are very grateful to our friends at the Rotary who are going above and beyond to help their neighbors during this unprecedented crisis,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Greater Somerset County YMCA. “The lunches are not only nutritious, but help provide some joy for the children during an otherwise dark time.

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"When the kids see the boxes arrive, they know something fun awaits," he added. "As always, we want our first responders and essential workers to know we’ll do everything we can to make sure they get what they need to help us through this challenging time, and that includes providing nurturing child care for their children while they work.”

The lunches feed the entire group of approximately 25 to 30 children. The food comes from sandwich shops, pizzerias and other local restaurants.

Emergency child care at the Y is open to children of those who serve as first responders, healthcare and hospital workers, government officials, grocery workers and others who must continue to work during this challenging time. Care is available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for infants to age 12 at Hillsborough YMCA, 19 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, N.J. 08844.

All branches of Greater Somerset County YMCA, is supporting the community in other ways, too, by organizing blood drives with rescue and healthcare organizations, food collections and distribution and much more as long as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

To learn more about emergency child care at the Y, please visit https://www.gscymca.org/emergency-child-care.