Two Montgomery Efforts to Thank Frontline WorkersPosted on April 20, 2020
MONTGOMERY VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE MEALS TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS
In the middle of this health crisis, there are so many in our local community who have stepped up to help. Today we would like to share a few stories of generosity and giving back. These below stories may include YOU if you have been able to support these efforts; in fact you still can!
We’ve all heard about the first responders and health care workers battling on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. EMTs, doctors, nurses, aides, and other care givers are risking their lives each day to serve the sick and save lives. Many members of the Montgomery community have stepped up to say ‘thank you’. And what better way to say thanks than to treat someone to lunch?
GRAB & GO LUNCHES FOR THE FRONTLINE
The Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill and the Montgomery Business Association got together to see through an idea they dubbed, “COVID-19 Support – Grab & Go Lunches for Frontline Workers.” These are two groups who always step up for our community, so they started collecting donations and organizing the lunches right away.
“We are feeding our front line hospital workers while supporting our local businesses. We are expressing everyone’s gratitude, plus it also helps the smaller mom & pop restaurants and delis in Montgomery keep going, at the same time,” said Cory Wingerter, Rotarian and last year’s MBA President.
“It’s going great! We have raised $10,000 and have been delivering 50 grab and go lunches each day for over three weeks now, plus snacks for first responders,” reported Rotarian Lisa Youngberg, one of the main organizers.
The Rotary/MBA have delivered to RWJ Somerset Respiratory Department, RWJ New Brunswick Respiratory Department, and Penn Medicine Princeton. The restaurants which the Rotary and MBA have been working with so far include Beniaminos, 206 Corner Deli, By The Cup of Rocky Hill, Midpoint Mediterranean Grill, Alfonso’s, New World Pizza, Genteels, Chris’ Cafe, Sweet Gourmet, Robinson’s Chocolate, and Playa Bowls.
A donation of $10 buys a lunch. The volunteers hope people can spread the word and share about “Grab and Go Lunches for the Frontline”. “We absolutely need more financial donations to keep the program running. We were able to add a Credit Card link with the MBA’s assistance,” Lisa added.
More info at:
Three ways to Donate: VENMO:@MRHRotary, Mail a check to: Rotary Club of Montgomery Rocky Hill, PO Box 333 Rocky Hill NJ 08553, credit card: https://www.shoplocalmontgomery.com/product/grab-go-meal-for-health-care-workers/
MEALS FOR HEROES
A young community member who has stepped up in an incredible way is high school student Jai Narula, who joined other area teens in an effort they call “Meals for Heroes”. Jai and his mom, Marisa, have been partnering with Genteel’s Pizzeria in Skillman for several weeks to provide hot meals to the staff of the seven COVID-19 units at Saint Peter’s University Hospital through community donations. Jai is 14 years old and is a boy scout with Montgomery Troop #850. Jai is also a member of MHS Team 1403 Robotics, and a Code Sensei at Code Ninjas, a coding school owned by the Narula family, who live in Belle Mead. Marisa is a long-time scouting leader and an active community volunteer.
“I am happy to help and think this is a great cause. The doctors and nurses are sacrificing so much for all of us. Service to others is a big part of our lives and who we are as scouts. This is the least we can do,” said Jai.
James Genteel, along with his wife Dawn, have owned and operated Genteel’s Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante in Skillman for over 16 years. Genteel’s regularly sponsors many Montgomery charities, sports, and youth groups. They have two children who were born at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “I’m glad to be able to jump in to feed the front line,” said James.
To date, over $5,500 has been raised for Meals for Heroes. For every $10 raised, Meals for Heroes provides one hot meal and drink to the staff.
Hillsborough High School students Navleen and Raj Boparai founded Meals for Heroes in early March and have been regularly providing meals to RWJ University Hospitals of Somerset and New Brunswick. Meals for Heroes now has branches in Hillsborough, Montgomery, Edison, Basking Ridge, Monroe, and Queens. All Meals for Heroes initiatives are organized by the teens with the assistance of their parents.
If you’d like to learn more about Meals for Heroes or donate, please visit: www.facebook.com/mealsforheroes or donate thru Venmo to: @MJNarula or a check to Genteel’s with “Meals for Heroes” in the memo line mailed or dropped to: Genteel’s Brick Over Pizza and Restaurante, 1378 US Highway 206, Skillman, NJ 08558