Early on Tuesday afternoon Guttenberg held a Farmer’s Market food drive to help residents of the town. This event started around a year ago and has been very beneficial to the community according to Monica Fundora, who is a councilwoman for the town, a representative of the Guttenberg Housing Authority, and also works closely with Mayor Wayne Zitt. The event started at 1pm and continued until supplies ran out. Anyone who attended was welcome to the food, which was given out on a first come, first serve basis.
The Farmer’s Market had a great turnout, with the line going around the block and many families getting to benefit from the assortment of foods, which was provided by Mayor Zitt in conjunction with Ruddys Andrade (the director of the Housing Authority), and Hudson County. The program started as a response to the Covid pandemic which has affected so many people in the community, and these events have been used as a way to help those still in need as well as families that still need assistance to recover from the pandemic.
Over 300 families have benefitted from this food drive since it started, and town officials including Fundora are very happy to be helping out during this time. She wanted to also highlight that the police department, town/housing employees, as well as volunteers from the community help make this happen, and expressed how lucky and thankful she feels to be able to help make a difference to her neighborhood.
This event is held twice a month, and more information on when the next one will take place can be found on the town’s social media, as well as their website at guttenbergnj.org