NUTLEY, NJ - The annual Scouting for Food Drive was canceled today in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The township-wide drive was scheduled to take place on Mar 21, with bag distribution taking place Mar 14.

The outbreak has been spreading exponentially, Today the first local case of COVID-19 was reported. That patient is currently in Hackensack Meridian Health - Mountainside Health Center. Officials: First COVID-19 Case Reported in Montclair Today's decision to cancel the food drive was made in large part because of the rapid nature in which the virus is spreading. 

Eileen Painter, Executive Director of NFSB, told TAPinto Nutley, "In an effort to maintain health and prevent the spread of infection, according to recommendations from state and local Departments of Health, the decision was made to postpone the 2020 Scouting for Food Drive which was scheduled for next Saturday, March 21. The Scout leadership teams and our community partners understand our responsible decision in taking this action."

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The Pantry at NFSB provides supplemental nutrition to nearly 200 Nutley families. The annual Scouting for Food Drive provides about 90% of their yearly pantry stock.

Accorording to Painter, "Postponement of the Food Drive may impact The Pantry’s ability to provide food distribution in two ways: 1) Depletion to our stock for regular pantry patrons 2). Restricting our ability to provide emergency food to individuals and families who find themselves in need of temporary support."

Knowing that Nutley never fails to help those in need, Painter made sure to alert the community that food collection bins are stationed at the rear of the NFSB Annex, at 169 Chestnut St. High nutrition goods such as peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken are especially appreciated. As always, grocery gift cards are very welcome to help bridge the gap in stocking the pantry shelves.  

NFSB is dedicated to providing services and creating solutions that allow uninterrupted operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers. Painter and the NFSB team encourage community members who may require emergency services to contact the NFSB Main Office at 973 667 1884.

Everyone involved in Scouting for Food is looking forward to establishing a new date for Scouting for Food in the future. Photos in this story are from TAPinto Nutley's previous coverage off the annual event.

Keep up with all Coronavirus news and postponements in TAPinto Nutley's Health and Wellness section. 

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

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