NUTLEY, NJ - When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Nutley, it brought out the best in people, but that's exactly how Nutley works: when times get tough, Nutleyites roll up their sleeves and figure out a way to get things done. Mike Carrino and Mike Cosenza, owners of Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe figured out a way to keep their business going, and make a difference in Nutley and surrounding communities.

The duo launched the 'Heros for Heroes’ project to provide lunches for first responders in Nutley and at Clara Maas hospital in Belleville. The premise was simple, for every donation received toward the project, Mike's matches it to provide lunches for people working on the front lines. 

As word spread through the community, more donations came in, and more lunches were served. Then even more came in, and even more people on the front lines were served. Soon lunches were being served in several communities around Nutley.

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The list of recipients of Mike's 'Heros for Heroes' lunches include Clara Maas Hospital, St. Barnabas, Jersey City Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center, Nutley Family Service Bureau, the Salvation Army in Montclair, Nutley Fire Department, Nutley Police Department and the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad. Also supported by the program are Belleville Police, Clifton Police, Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments, Montclair Police and Fire Departments, Harrison Fire Department and more.

Every donation that Mike’s receives during this time is fully matched by the shop and goes directly toward providing food for local heroes. Those interested in donating can Venmo Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe directly at @Mikes-Sandwich.

Mike's Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe is located at 95 Harrison St. (in the old Bill-Tone's deli location) in Nutley.

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