PISCATAWAY, NJ — With Pre-K-12 schools closed for the rest of the academic year, and state and local officials advising everyone to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Piscataway School District continues to provide remote/virtual instruction for its more than 7,000 students as well as breakfast and lunch for township families.
“Meal distribution is via our drive-thru pickup process,” said school officials on their website about the free program that is now offered Monday through Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at all district schools and the board office.
The brown bag ‘Grab and Go’ meals include a sandwich, milk, cereal bar, and a piece of fruit among other items selected by the district’s food vendor, Sodexo Food Services.
To assist the school district, volunteers from Piscataway’s Gayatri Chetna Center (Gayatri Mandir) on Centennial Ave. have donated almost 1,500 lunches each week to the meal distribution program.
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, kids are studying and learning online from home, and hence, getting their lunch will be a difficult task to be taken care of on their own,” said GCC officials in a news release on Friday.
Lunches have included freshly made deli sandwiches from Subway, pizza, and penne pasta and spaghetti dishes.
“Gayatri Chetna Center purchases lunch food prepared by local small businesses in Piscataway Township to promote the support and morale in this pandemic,” they said.
When they first started April 23, GCC volunteers packed and delivered more than 300 lunches for school officials to distribute twice a week. Thanks to generous donations and financial support, the number has grown to almost 1,500 lunches five days a week, they said.
GCC’s volunteer team “outperforms its duty to serve others in the community as part of the Seva, which means ‘Service to Humanity’,” said officials with the center.
Gayatri Chetna Center, Piscataway is a registered tax-exempt cultural & religious institution and is devoted to increasing cultural, ethical, moral and spiritual awareness.
It organizes community projects such as Save the Planet, Food Pantry for the Needy, Recycling and Cleaning, and hosts a Blood Donation Camp for the local community and the tri-state area.
The center is the unique place for Gayatri Sadhana, Yoga & meditation, scientific spiritual studies and Youth Development.
For more information, call (732) 357-8200 or visit www.GayatriCenter.org.
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