the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has released records https://njeda.sharefile.com/share/view/s62cab64b65ac4be99288dd02b0a86ffa of the participants in the “Feed The Frontlines” grant .
According to the HealthBarn Foundation’s website :
“Feed the Frontlines Helping Those In Need Initiative is a call-to-action to provide ready-to-eat meals prepared by local Ridgewood restaurants to first responders, community groups and people in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. During the height of the pandemic in Spring 2020, it was an organized way for people to help feed local healthcare workers, first responders and people in need while supporting local restaurants who have been hit hard economically. This initiative earned the team the 2021 NJ Governor’s Jefferson Award for volunteer program in September 2021.
Based on the generosity of the public and the success of the initial program, The HealthBarn Foundation was awarded $1M for 100,000 meals from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) Sustain and Serve Grant in February 2021 to feed those in need in Ridgewood and in Bergen County. Our mission continued to build momentum to support local restaurants while making sure the most vulnerable populations in Bergen County have delicious, nutritious hot meals on their tables. The incredibly successful program concluded with heavy hearts in June 2021 as our team knew that the hunger need was not resolved for so many. The team received U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer”s Fifth District Hometown Heroes Award in July 2021.
NJEDA announced Phase 2 funding for the Sustain and Serve Grant, and HealthBarn Foundation was awarded $2M for 200,000 meals to continue to keep Feed the Frontlines and Helping Those in Need powered up to keep the local restaurants supported while providing hot, nutritious meals for Bergen County neighbors in need from September 2021 until January 31, 2022.”
Nothing wrong with participating in this program , however, Village Council candidate Paul Vagianos should disclose that his business was PAID for providing those meals in that program .