The amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise. As of today, more than 51,000 people in New Jersey alone tested positive so far for this virus. Schools remain closed indefinitely. Governor Murphy also banned public gatherings and asked restaurants and other non-essential businesses to shut down. With many people finding themselves furloughed or laid off from work, trying to make ends meet during this trying time becomes even more difficult. However, there is a ray of hope. A Bernardsville pop-up pantry at St Bernard’s Church needs volunteers to help stock and distribute food to those in need.
Bernardsville Pop-Up Pantry
In March, Somerset County schools implemented “distance learning” and sent kids home. Many businesses began shuttering their doors, sending their employees to work from home or even furloughing people in an effort to keep their businesses afloat during this trying time. The combination of closed schools and parents losing or drastically reducing their normal income worried some people in the community about how these children and families would be able to afford the simple act of putting food on the table. Some children rely on school breakfasts and lunches for their daily meals. That’s when the idea for the Bernardsville Pop-Up Pantry came into existence.
St Bernard’s Church on Claremont houses this community-based food pantry for the time being. They accept donations of non-perishable food between 9 am and 12 pm every Monday through Thursday as well as 3 pm to 6 pm every Monday and Tuesday. Volunteers bag up groceries and distribute them to anyone who comes to the church between 9 am and 12 pm on Fridays, no questions asked, no judgment given. Right now, they are in need of cereal, rice, dry beans, bread, and canned items. If you can afford to drop off any non-perishable food or volunteer your time, please fill out the online Emergency Assistance Volunteer form here. Thank you.
Other Ways You Can Help
Do you have an old baby monitor lying around? Our frontline health care workers can use these to limit their exposure to patients being treated for COVID-19. Bring them to Wavelength Audio Video located at 30 Olcott Square.
Also, check in on your elderly or infirm neighbors and family members. If you’re a healthy individual, see if they need help with their grocery shopping or prescription medication pick-ups. Most stores now allow you to shop and pay for groceries and medicines on-line. Once they’ve done that, you can go pick up what they need, have the store load up your car, and drop off the bags on the front porch to minimize any potential exposure to the virus.
Together, we will get through this. Just make sure you practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and disinfect surfaces of your home that receive the most traffic.
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