Gottheimer Helps Hand Out Meals to Kids, Families at Boys & Girls Club

Aug 10, 2020

CARES Act Federal Grant Dollars Helping Local Organizations’ Nutrition & Food Program to Help Feed Kids & Families

Above: Gottheimer helping hand out meals today at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club with Boys and Girls Club of Hackensack and Lodi President & CEO Joe Licata.

LODI, NJ – Today, August 10, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped hand out summer meals to children and families at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club, sponsored through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

This meal program in Lodi is a part of the Summer Food Service Program, funded with federal investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for free meals for eligible children and their families in the local community when school is out.

The Lodi Boys and Girls Club and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey have clawed back federal investment from the bipartisan CARES Act, through direct dollars, reimbursements, Paycheck Protection Program investment, and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

“I’ve heard from food banks and free and reduced-price meal program operators throughout New Jersey that are seeing greater demand for food assistance because of this crisis, with more families and children in need,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “This has been an incredibly difficult time for so many, with sixteen percent unemployment. But I’m glad federal investment from the bipartisan CARES Act and other programs are helping such great community organizations like the Lodi Boys and Girls Club and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey get meals to those in need.”

Gottheimer was proud to vote for CARES Act, which provided $8.8 billion for child nutrition programs, including meal programs for school children and seniors.

Gottheimer also recently announced that the Lodi Boys & Girls Club is among the Fifth District recipients for federal investment from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program — to boost security to help keep local non-profit organizations and the community members they serve safe.

Below: (left to right) Boys and Girls Club of Hackensack and Lodi President & CEO Joe Licata, Community FoodBank of New Jersey Representative Amanda Cusunano, Bergen Freeholder Chairwoman Mary Amoroso, NJ State Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, Lodi Mayor Scott Luna, and Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

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