WESTFIELD, NJ — Local families are pitching in to help fill the gap left when a program dropped from public schools during the coronavirus pandemic left the St. Joseph’s Social Service Center/The Elizabeth Coalition without its regular supply of sandwiches.

Westfield Public Schools had been making the sandwiches but with the schools’ transfer to distance learning, that supply of sandwiches dried up, and the Westfield Rotary is stepping in to help.

“They aren’t receiving the ‘second lunch Tuesday’ sandwiches Westfield schools have provided for many years,” the Rotary announced on its website. “With this program on hold while our schools are closed, Westfield Rotarians are trying to fill this need. WE NEED YOUR HELP!”

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The Westfield Rotary is asking that families make the sandwiches individually wrapped and labeled with the ingredients listed. There should be no condiments on the sandwiches, the Rotary said.

“It is vital that every step of preparation follows safe food handling and sanitation practices; we must eliminate any risk of virus transmission,” the Rotary said.

Visit the St. Joseph’s Social Service Center donation guidelines for the full details on donations of sandwiches and other items.

In Westfield, people can drop off donations at the home of Ellen Windorf at 529 Hanford Place and on the south side at the home of Ray Kostyak, 438 Poe Ave. Donations are accepted before 11 a.m. each Wednesday.

People are asked to drop the food into bins and to use gloves, the Rotary said.

“Rotary volunteers will deliver the donated sandwiches to St. Joseph’s Elizabeth,” the Rotary said. Donations of canned, dried and boxed foods will also be accepted.

Board of Education President Peggy Oster noted the need for sandwich donations at the board’s virtual meeting this week.

“With this program our hold while our schools are on hold, we are appealing for your help,” Oster said.

For information on making a financial donation to the St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, click here.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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