PATERSON, NJ – City firehouses and churches will serve as food distribution sites for local students as Paterson's Public Schools remain closed in efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus.

“We know that students and families depend on the school district to help maintain their access to meals,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “Our Food Services Department has developed a plan to distribute food in cooperation with the Paterson Fire Department and local houses of worship. I want to thank everyone who helped develop this plan, Fire Chief McDermott and the pastors of local houses of worship for their kind assistance."

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There will be two distribution sites in each of the City’s six wards with breakfast and lunch being provided from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meals will be sealed and shelf-stable with all of the components of each meal will be in one package. After being picked up the meals are to be brought home and heated in a microwave or conventional oven.

The distribution locations are:

 Ward 1:

Paterson Fire Department (Northside Firehouse), 48 Temple Street

Seminary Baptist Church, 193 Haledon Avenue


Ward 2:

Paterson Fire Department (Headquarters), 290 McBride Avenue

Paterson Fire Department (Hillcrest Firehouse), 221 Union Avenue


Ward 3:

Koinonoa Christian Ministry, 440 East 36th Street

White House/Recreation, 810 Broadway, Eastside Park


Ward 4:

Paterson Fire Department (Riverside Firehouse), 236 Lafayette Street

St. Luke Baptist Church, 139 Carroll Street


Ward 5:

Paterson Fire Department (Madison Ave. Firehouse), 850 Madison Avenue

Mighty Sons of God, 77 Park Avenue


Ward 6:

Paterson Fire Department (Lakeview Firehouse), 211 23rd Avenue

Southside Firehouse, 124 Getty Avenue


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