the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and Village Restaurants are backing a new lease for Healthbarn USA, the occupant of Habernickel Park Carriage House.
A private business in a public park has been a hot issue in the Village of Ridgewood and much debated .
HealthBarn Foundation was recently awarded a $1 million grant. Bergen County Commissioner and former Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hasche said the grant program is mutually beneficial: feeding people in need and assisting restaurants.
“This helped some of them even be able to keep the doors open and stay in business,” Hasche said.
The Healthbarn Grant was among 28 grants awarded throughout the state to provide assistance to small restaurants preparing food for the needy.
In Ridgewood, the HealthBarn Foundation made the announcement , “It’s an unbelievable coordinated effort,” said Stacey Antine, who is director of the HealthBarn USA food programs at the Habernickel Park Gate House, where the announcement was made. “The chamber, restaurants, county Food Security Task Force and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County are all partners to make this happen.”