HILLSIDE, NJ - Seabra Foods donated 200, $25 gift cards to the Township of Hillside on Tuesday. The gift cards will be distributed as part of the weekly pre-packaged meals the Administration provides residents every Wednesday.
Since April, Mayor Dahlia Vertreese has led a weekly distribution for Hillside residents, providing over 1,000 families with free boxed meals. The Administration started the effort in response to the impact of the novel coronavirus.
Seabra Foods gift card donation is worth $5,000. The grocer also donated a truck load of canned goods. Mayor Vertreese described it as an example of a local business giving back to its customers during this national public health crisis.
“As an Administration, we have been fortunate to do what government is supposed to do in a time like this, help citizens,” said Mayor Vertreese. “We’re able to do that because of the support from companies like Seabras. Their generosity will help families. We’ve had many companies support us during this time, and this is the latest example.”
Seabras Corporate Manager Al Beneditl said the gift cards are a response to Mayor Vertreese’s desire to get families the opportunity to purchase fresh produce. “They can use the gift certificates for vegetables and fruits,” said Benedetil, a 1986 graduate of Hillside High School. “They can get the can goods with the box giveaway.”
The next distribution will be Wednesday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Hillside Community Center parking.
Sponsors of the giveaway include Union Beverage, Community Food Bank of NJ, Seabra Foods, Speedy Mart, Garguilo Produce, AT&T Pioneers, Dominos Pizza AC Hardware, and the Greater Union County United Way.