PATERSON, NJ - Despite the challenges brought on by the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, The Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic have continued doing their part to serve residents.

On Friday the organization distributed 500 “family essential packs” that included food items like oatmeal, canned vegetables,fruit, milk, and macaroni and cheese from their clubhouse on 21st Avenue. According to Wendy Evans McGuire, volunteers served approximately 200 residents. “I would estimate that those 500 food family packs served between 2,000 and 3,000 residents of the community.” McGuire said.  

The organization will repeat the effort at their Passaic clubhouse, McGuire added.

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“Now that we know how deep the need is we're going to expand our services and then next week we will announce more dates and times about when families can come pick up the essentials that they need to get through this time.”

Members of the Paterson Police Department were on hand to help with the effort and the food was provided by the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.

McGuire said that the Boys and Girls Club will continue to modify their programming, including by offering online arts, fitness, and academic programs in the coming days. All information will be available on their website.

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