With COVID-19 spreading across the U.S. and the number of cases growing in Northern New Jersey, Blue Foundry Bank took action to recognize those who have continuously served us. Between April 20th and May 1st, the bank’s “Feeding Those on the Front Line” program was able to successfully coordinate 2,090 meal donations to support the teams at The Valley Hospital, Chilton Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Pascack Valley Medical Center, Mountainside Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center, St. Barnabas Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, and Morristown Medical Center.
As an added measure of community support, nine local restaurants who have also been impacted by this pandemic were utilized to facilitate the food donations. Among those were Wyckoff Deli, Little Food Inn, Clemente Bakery, Flynn’s Deli, Red Eye Café, Michael’s Roscommon House, DelMonico, Positano, and Pomodoro. Red Eye Café owner, Anthnoy Brinton said, “My staff and I were delighted to fulfill such a generous order to Mountainside Medical Center, on behalf of Blue Foundry, and know that it was going to the nurses and doctors who are doing so much for so many right in our own community.”
“It means the world to us to give back to those on the front line who have been working tirelessly and risking their lives,” said James D. Nesci, CEO and President of Blue Foundry Bank. “Being able to provide meals for these essential health care workers as well as bringing business to local food vendors truly represents what we stand for as a company committed to the community.”
For the past few weeks, New Jersey has sustained high numbers of COVID-19 cases making it one of the hardest hit states in the country. This in turn has overwhelmed many of the hospitals with patients in desperate need of care. “Blue Foundry Bank’s donation of team member meals to Hackensack University Medical Center is greatly appreciated,” said Helen A. Cunning, North Regional President and Chief Development Officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “Food has the ability to provide a great measure of comfort, and this donation will feed our health care heroes as they continue to provide critical care for our patients during this time.”
This initiative is just one example of Blue Foundry Bank’s longstanding commitment to the community. The bank’s ultimate goal is to demonstrate to the many it serves that during these trying times Blue Foundry Bank has and will continue to lend a helping hand.