MAPLEWOOD, NJ – In the aftermath of the tragic floor collapse at CODA restaurant last week, its owners took the time to think of others and arranged to donate the fresh food it had in its kitchen to charitable organizations.

“Jennifer Takahashi was familiar with the work that Rent Party does in the community and contacted me about donating the food they had on hand,” said Rent Party founder Chris Dickson.  “Much of the food was fresh, so most food pantries are not equipped to deal wit that.”

Dickson began reaching out to his network and found an eager recipient for the food at Covenant House and Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark.  They also donated a good deal of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry.

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TAP spotted Dickson and his wife, Donna, loading up a U-Haul van with the help of CODA staffers.

“With everything that they are dealing with, the fact that they thought to do this is so great,” Dickson said.

Co-Owner Bradley Takahashi indicated to Dickson that CODA should be reopening in about a week.

In the meantime, a fund has been created by Maplewood Village Alliance and Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct to help the victims’ families and collections will be take at Maplewood Girls’ Night Out on Thursday.  Details here.