SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) has been working hard to support all the men and women in the township who are combating the COVID-19 Pandemic. The organization has been raising money to buy food at local restaurants to support residents who are first responders, healthcare workers, and essential workers. The goal of the organization, and this chapter, is to assist those who are combating the coronavirus while also supporting the local small business community.
The organization has been delivering meals and supplies on a daily basis since the pandemic began, and plan to continue this daily work until it is over. Donations are evenly distributed to workers and vulnerable members of the community
There are currently 30 chapters of FLAG in the state; the organization was founded in Chatham, New Jersey. There are chapters in 24 states that support food banks and first responders all over the country.
FLAG of South Brunswick was created on March 26. In their first week, they were able to provide pizza from Capriccio’s to St Peters Emergency and Critical Care units where they fed at least 60 workers.
As of today, they have been able to get food to six hospitals, two testing centers, and Brunswick Urgent Care. They also purchased gloves and materials to make face masks for essential workers and first responders. All the materials are purchased at local stores.
Within the first two weeks, FLAG of South Brunswick gained 564 members and raised $7,000 charitable donations from the community. They have also received donations of masks, gloves and other protective gear that are distributed to healthcare workers in South Brunswick.
The group has been able to invest nearly $4,000 back into the local economy and purchased 300 meals for essential workers and healthcare professionals.
Donations can be made at www.flag2020.org. They are also active on their Facebook page. For those who would like to make a monetary donation, they can be made over Venmo @FLAGSB