UNION, NJ – First responders, healthcare workers, and public works employees were treated to lunch on Monday by the Union Township Education Association (UTEA) as a thank you to those who work on the front lines to keep Union safe.

“The Union Township Education Association is a huge part of our Township's community,” said President Ann-Margaret Shannon, “and we want our students, parents and residents to know that we care for all of them.”

Shannon and UTEA Vice President Rich D’Avanzo’s first lunch delivery stop was the county-run COVID-19 testing site at Kean University.  Joining Shannon and D’Avanzo was Cozy Corner owner Peter Celia.  A lunch of hot and cold sandwiches and chips was provided by Cozy Corner and Cioffi’s Restaurant.  “The UTEA appreciates that we can count on our local eateries, Cozy Corner and Cioffi's Restaurant, to work with us on these events,” said Shannon. 

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The Union Police Department was the next stop for lunch delivery, followed by lunch for employees at Union’s Department of Public Works.  The UTEA will also deliver lunch to Union’s fire department personnel later in the week.

"On behalf of all the men and women of Public Works," said DPW Director Lou Ulrich, "we thank the UTEA for their appreciation and recognition.  It's an honor and a privilege to serve the great citizens of the Township of Union."

In addition to the food, everyone received a personal bottle of hand sanitizer donated by the New Jersey Education Association.