Meals at soup kitchens for those who can get there, meals at home for those who can’t: FeedNJ and AngelaCARES are combining to bring thousands of restaurant-prepared meals to people across Jersey City
Anti-hunger campaign continues purchasing meals for local nonprofit to distribute door-to-door
JERSEY CITY, NJ — AngelaCARES has a long record of providing for the seniors of the Jersey City community, raising over $50,000 in the first months of the pandemic to buy and distribute groceries and prepared meals to over 2,000 people. And FeedNJ has purchased over 90,000 meals from restaurants up and down The Garden State to serve at local soup kitchens. Since last month, they have been teaming up to feed over 5,000 Jersey City residents.
“I am extremely happy that SoupKitchen411 has partnered with AngelaCARES to not only provide meals to homebound seniors and families to help fight food insecurity, but also provide an avenue for local restaurant the opportunity to keep their door opens during this pandemic,” said Angela McKnight, founder of AngelaCARES and Assemblywoman, LD 31 (Jersey City and Bayonne.)
Every week, AngelaCARES arranges for a combined 500 meals purchased by FeedNJ to be delivered to Triangle Park Community Center (Tuesdays at 11:00am) and Astor Community Garden and Neighborhood Association (Saturdays at 9:00am.) The remaining 500 meals purchased by FeedNJ are distributed by AngelaCARES volunteers to homebound seniors by dedicated AngelaCARES volunteers Fridays and Saturdays.
Non-perishable food is obviously cheaper to purchase than restaurant-prepared meals, which is why FeedNJ restlessly fundraises to keep its unique work going. By purchasing restaurant prepared meals in bulk at approximately $10 per meal, FeedNJ has been bringing business to local restaurants all pandemic.
“With bulk orders from FeedNJ, we have been able to provide more hours to our hard-working employees without hurting our bottom line,” said Jacob Ryvkin, owner of Hudson Grille in Jersey City. The restaurant employs a staff of eight full-time employees and about five-part time employees. “There’s a special pride in knowing our meals are going to people who really need them, where they will be appreciated.”
“We’re so honored to work with Assemblywoman McKnight and AngelaCARES. Most of our events, by design, provide meals to soup kitchens and other places where people come to receive them, so it’s even more important that we don’t let homebound folks, especially seniors, slip through the cracks,” said FeedNJ Assistant Program Coordinator. “AngelaCARES is an amazing community partner. As long as we have funding, we plan to continue working with them.”
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shined a sharp light on the heartbreaking issue of food insecurity within our community and serving as a volunteer coordinator with AngelaCARES, I have connected with hundreds of selfless and giving individuals and met some of the most interesting and appreciative seniors I could ever hope to have in my circle,” said Rob Quinones, a four year AngelaCARES volunteer who has coordinated Feed the Seniors Community Thanksgiving Dinners and delivered meals regularly.
FeedNJ is operated by Platinum-rated nonprofit SoupKitchen411. Anyone interested in learning more about the FeedNJ initiative and volunteer in the fight against hunger is encouraged to visit https://soupkitchen411.com/feednj/ and follow @SoupKitchen411 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow AngelaCARES online at https://angelacares.org/, and AngelaCARESInc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.