RED BANK, NJ: The Front Line Appreciation Group of Red Bank (FLAG Red Bank) has cooked, packaged, and delivered more than 550 meals to doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, EMS and other front-line workers who are battling the corona virus in eastern Monmouth County.

 Each meal is paid for by grass roots donations that cover food and staff costs by Red Bank area restaurants.

Donations may be made through a GoFundMe page set-up specifically for FLAG Red Bank:

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Individuals who prefer to make a donation by check, may send a check to Red Bank RiverCenter, 140 Broad St, Red Bank NJ, 07701.

On average, the breakfast meals cost between $5 and $6 each to prepare; lunch and dinner costs between $6 and $9 each to prepare.

Meals are individually wrapped / packaged and delivered by local restaurants.  Recipients include emergency room and intensive care staff at HMH Riverview Medical Center, RWJ Barnabas Health at Monmouth Medical Center; the Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury Police Department; Red Bank Fire and Rescue Departments, as well as Red Bank DPW Workers.

 “The only way through this, as a community and as a nation is together.  By working to feed hospital staff and first responders, we are also helping our devastated local restaurants,” said Amy Russo, owner of Toast Red Bank.

 “We were all looking for ways we could help; many of my patrons and restaurateur friends doing things individually. By banding together, we are supporting the entire Two River community,” said Russo. “We are just over a one-third of the way to our goal of $15,000.  To hear the appreciation in the tired voices of those who are putting themselves at risk, makes the drive and desire to do more much stronger. The need is great, so I'd ask people to donate whatever they can to help.”

 Participating restaurants in FLAG Red Bank who have already delivered meals include: Neapoli Italian Kitchen, Temple Chinese Gourmet, Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe, The Cheese Cave, Antoinette Boulangerie, Jrs, Bistro at Red Bank, Greek Eats, and Toast Red Bank.

 FLAG Red Bank was created by Russo and modeled after the FLAG chapter created by northern New Jersey residents Liz Bernich of Chatham and Gina McGuire of Madison. 

 “The staff was beyond appreciative of the delivery of sandwiches I provided last week,” said Stephen Catania, proprietor of the Cheese Cave and Chairman of Red Bank RiverCenter. “We are each doing our part to help our healthcare workers and first responders.  The restaurant community is grateful for the support of our community to help keep us in business at this time.”

 “It’s wonderful to see our restaurants continue to step up and find ways to help and assist those in our community who are in need,” Laura Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter.  “However, it is our caregivers who need support this time.  Our friends and neighbors who respond in a crisis and provide healthcare need to be nourished and Red Bank’s restaurant community is doing what they do best – feed us. FLAG Red Bank is reimbursing the restaurants for their work.  Donate today.”

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