JERSEY CITY, NJ - Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro was among the elected officials and volunteers that fanned out across the state Friday to help distribute meals to soup kitchens in seven counties. The #FeedingFriday event was organized by FeedNJ, the non-partisan campaign launched in April to fight COVID-19-related food insecurity statewide.
While Chaparro helped out at a food distribution event at Let’s Celebrate in Jersey City where 140 meals were provided by Graize and Baise, her colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, visited other locations including in Elizabeth, New Brunswick, and Paterson.
“We all know someone who has been affected by food insecurity or income insecurity during this pandemic. Growing up, my family was always food and income insecure. People deserve to enjoy a warm, nutritious meal, and when it’s from a restaurant they know and love, and it’s free, that’s a really special feeling,” said Chaparro, of the effort that distributed more than 2,000 meals. “I’ve got to tip my cap to FeedNJ, Speaker Coughlin, Chairman O’Toole, and their generous donors who’ve made events like this, and these epic #FeedingFridays possible.”
This was the second #FeedingFriday statewide action with August’s kickoff #FeedingFriday event serving over 2,000 meals across four counties: Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Union.
“This month’s #FeedingFriday event saw over 2,000 meals purchased from 10 restaurants served to people in need,” said FeedNJ Board Member and donor Michael Graham, who was in attendance at St. John’s in Newark. “More Americans are food insecure than are without health insurance. The need has never been greater, so to date we’ve purchased over $150,000 worth of food from New Jersey restaurants to serve directly to New Jersey residents. I would like to thank all our donors for making this a possibility, and extend my gratitude to the tremendous work of our partnering soup kitchen volunteers and coordinators.”
Each attendee at every event practiced state-mandated social distancing and received a reusable, machine-washable FeedNJ cloth mask.
FeedNJ is on track to raise over $1,000,000 by the end of the year. To date, the FeedNJ initiative has served over 25,000 meals statewide in an attempt to curb the ever growing hunger issue. To donate to FeedNJ or become a partnering restaurant or soup kitchen, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made through www.soupkitchen411.com.
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