MONTCLAIR, NJ - A local minority women's group has pitched in to help feed healthcare workers at Hackensack Meridian Health - Mountainside Medical Center. 

On April 13, Montclair Drifters, Inc., delivered 40 hot lunches to the staff in the hospital.  The lunches were individually packaged and consisted of a choice of vegetable or turkey lasagna, a tossed salad, Italian bread, bottled drinks, and assorted cookies.  

“This is a proud Drifter moment when we can support our local healthcare workers in the Mountainside Hospital ICU by providing meals prepared by Wood Legacy Productions, a local minority and female-owned business based in Montclair” said, Jamelle R. Straker, President of Montclair Drifters, Inc.

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According to the mission of the organization, the Montclair Drifters are a group of minority women with civic, charitable, and educational interests who dedicate their talents to the enhancements of their chosen communities and the universal image of womanhood.

“This is just an example of how teamwork makes the dream work,” said, Monique Jenkins, VP, and Program Chair. 

“Our community service activities are collaborative, and when we see others in need, we do our best to address that need,” she added.

The Drifters have been known to host community service initiatives throughout the year. 

Among many benevolent initiatives that Montclair Drifters provide, they also provide scholarships and small grants to community organizations throughout Essex County and to parts of Union and Passaic County, as well.  Last year, the Drifters donated nearly $35K in scholarships and grants and they conducted a number of community based programs as well, primarily for women, girls, children and families.  

In the past few years, here are just a few other acts of service the Montclair Drifters have partaken in: 

In 2018, the Drifters began donating hats to the East Orange boys basketball team through their annual Travel Rite program. Prior to that, they had been delivering shirts and ties, but soon saw a need to also begin to provide players with warm head wear. In February of 2017, the Drifters placed more than 200 coats on poles around the City of East Orange and Orange for anyone in need. Also in 2017, they also donated $500 in ShopRite gift cards to Essex County mothers through the VNA program which serves mothers in Irvington, Newark and the Oranges, and they also volunteered to prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army of the Oranges.