NUTLEY, NJ - In a letter to the community, Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer announced that all children in Nutley can receive free meals. The meals, breakfast and lunch, are being distributed in the parking lot alongside the Nutley Family Service Bureau Thrift Shop building.

Distribution is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

According to Glazer, "Due to the closure of the Nutley Public Schools for COVID 19, we have applied for and have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to operate temporarily under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The Seamless Summer Option is a federal meal program that allows School Food Authorities (SFAs) already participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide meals during periods longer than 10 days of closure."

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All Nutley resident children under the age of 18, regardless of school or eligibility for free/reduced lunch, are able to be provided with fresh grab and go meals by the district's food service provider Pomptonian. 

From Dr. Glazer's letter:

. • Any child under the age of 18 can pick up the meals for the family. Students will receive lunch and breakfast for each day covering Monday through Friday. Volunteers will record the number of meals distributed by child’s name and maintain the roster.

• Any adult 18 years or older who is requesting meals will be required to show proof of Nutley residency (driver’s license, utility bill, lease document, etc.) and provide children’s names and ages. Failure to provide the necessary Nutley residency documentation will result in a denial of grab and go meals.

Dr. Glazer's letter to the community can be read here: Free Meals Available to All Nutley Resident Children

One of the hardest hit parts of our community is the food bank at Nutley Family Service Bureau. Last weekend was to have been the annual Scouting for Food Drive. We reached out to NFSB to get an idea about what is most needed at this very moment. 

Canned soup is an item that the Nutley Family Service Bureau food pantry needs right now. Donors are reminded to look at the nutritional information label and pay particular attention to the sodium content,. Remembering milligrams is tough, so look at the sodium percentage instead, the lower the number the better. Many Nutley resident may be in shock at how high the percentage of sodium is in some brands of soup. Soup is in addition to the regular "wish list."

Also, at the top of the "wish list" for the pantry list is protein sources, primarily peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned chicken. Clients love fruit, so jars of applesauce, especially no-sugar-added varieties, and canned fruit are appreciated. Canned fruit includes canned pineapple, as well as pears, apricots, apples, and other fruits. Boxed macaroni and cheese is always well-received, as is boxed cereal. Tomato products, jars of sauce and canned tomatoes, are always in demand because pasta is a major component of the bi-weekly grocery bags.

Donations for the food pantry can be left in the back of the 169 Chestnut St. "Thrift Shop" building, back in the olden days this was called "the Red Cross building." 

Editor's note: the photo of NFSB volunteers was taken BEFORE social distancing. 

TAPinto Nutley will continue our coverage of Coronavirus in our Health and Wellness section. 

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