PATERSON, NJ— More than 650 local low-income women and children enjoyed a full Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday served by dozens of volunteers including Mayor Andre Sayegh, Councilman Luis Velez, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter at Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children.
The meal, now an annual event for the non-profit social service agency which serves over 700 women and children in their Mill Street headquarters daily, was catered by Market Basket of Franklin and made possible through the time donated by employees of large area businesses such as BD, ADP, TD Bank, SAX LLP, and Health and Wellness Partners. Members of Temple Sholom of West Essex also assisted throughout the day.
“We want the women to enjoy a delicious, healthy meal. We want them to have something for themselves this holiday,” Jennie Vega, a social worker and domestic violence counselor at Oasis said echoing comments the organization’s Executive Director, Jen Brady, recently shared with TAPinto Paterson that their efforts focus on empowering women and children to break the cycle of poverty through a holistic approach that helps women meet many of the demands of parenthood by providing not just the education but also childcare and meals.
In addition to the meals, according to Oasis officials, the organization gave away 1,800 turkeys and food packages, including all items needed to cook a full Thanksgiving meal, with several hundred them being distributed to other local organizations such as the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and Wafa House in a show of solidarity with efforts to combat poverty citywide.
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