SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Some 620 Town Hall Deli meals have been ordered by FLAG — Front Line Appreciation Group of South Orange/Maplewood. Town Hall Deli, with its famous Sloppy Joe sandwiches, is set on Wednesday to make its eleventh FLAG delivery to hospital staff and first responders. Recipients have included Newark Beth Israel, University Hospital, East Orange General, and the first responders in Maplewood and South Orange, including the police departments.

It’s an appreciation that works two ways: feeding those on the coronavirus crisis front lines and supporting local businesses in the process. Other restaurants FLAG has ordered through include La Villa, Sonny’s Bagels, Inkosi, Pirate’s Pizza, and Cate and Abby’s in South Orange, and St. James’s Gate, Village Trattoria and HLS in Maplewood.

“It’s great making the meals for them,” said Town Hall Deli owner Matt Wonski. He said the best part about it is the reaction from the recipients. “They get excited… It’s a great feeling to say the least. It’s an immediate gratification. We are handing it to someone we know is going to enjoy it.” He said it is surreal to see the marks on the hospital workers’ faces from where their masks have pressed into their skin.

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FLAG announced on their Facebook page yesterday that to date they have raised $70,400, delivered a total of 3,310 meals to four area hospitals, and put $32,173 back into SOMA restaurants. Donations for meals are accepted through a GoFundMe campaign for FLAG

Town Hall Deli continues to be open for carry out 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday; delivery is available through Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Goldbelly.


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