PATERSON, NJ - When TAPinto Paterson interviewed business owner Shane Gerald about the opening of his new restaurant, Fast Break Cafe, back in April, he spoke about how important giving back to his community was to him. 

His goal, he said, was to make his “a community-based place” for those who live and work in the city, giving them an affordable option to delicious, kid-friendly comfort food.

On Monday, with Mayor Andre Sayegh and Justin Wimberly of Zone 6IX at his side, Gerald announced the launch of the Fast Break Challenge, an effort to pair individuals, businesses, and organizations to those in need across the city.

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The challenge, Wimberly explained, is for donors to give $350 in return for the distribution of 50 meals to Paterson residents. Already accepting the challenge are One Paterson, Paterson Team HOPE, St. Luke’s Baptist Church, and College Achieve Paterson Principal Dr. Gemar Mills.

“We just want to do our part,” Gerald said. “We are going to stay Paterson Strong.”

Sayegh praised the effort which he said not only was helping local families but also a local business that is doing all it can to thrive during an economic downturn. 

“This is what real communities do,” Sayegh said.

To accept the Fast Break challenge call 973-553-1344


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