NEWARK, NJ — Team 94, a Roseland-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide continuing education for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, recently raised $5,000 in order to help feed the first responders and medical professionals working at Essex County’s COVID-19 testing site in Weequahic Park.

By partnering with Only What You Need (OWYN), which sells plant-based protein products, Team 94 was able to provide a week’s worth of meals and protein drinks.

Stating that the Essex County community has embraced the organization’s goal of opening its first official facility in September, Team 94 President Nicole Sabato said the team felt this was a perfect opportunity to pay it forward.

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“We wanted to take this opportunity, during this most tragic time, to give back and show how grateful we are to all those that are on the front lines working to keep us safe,” said Sabato. “We hope this gesture helps in some small way during this most difficult time. We are truly grateful for all you are giving our community.”

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. extended gratitude toward Team 94 for its “generous donation to assist those working at [the county’s] testing site” in Newark.

“The contribution has greatly lifted the spirits and morale of our nurses, doctors, law enforcement and first responders,” said DiVincenzo, who is among the thousands of Essex County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. “The professionals working at our testing site are on the front lines of combating the Coronavirus and it is gratifying to have the community’s support.”

As of 9 a.m. on Monday, Essex County has a total of 10,713 cases and 754 deaths related to COVID-19. The county also reported on Monday that 7,663 tests have come back negative.

Team 94 recently postponed its second annual Color Run due to social-distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CLICK HERE to learn more about Team 94 or to help the organization meet its financial needs to continue programming.