Officials Provide Additional Details on Emergency Food Effort
Friday, November 2, 2012 • 12:00am
PATERSON, NJ - Families who are still struggling to find food in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can get lunch and dinner at Eastside High School.
Eastside's cafeteria will be open between noon and 7 pm, according to signs at the school. Lunch will be served at about 1:30 pm and dinner at 5 pm, according to an alert issued by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.
It's not clear how long the program will last, but it likely will continue at least through this weekend, according to officials.
"Right now, it's a moment-to-moment, day-today thing,'' Mayor Jeffrey Jones said on Thursday.
Officials are asking that only folks in desparate need of emergency food use the school sites. Officials said there will be a limited supply of food available each day and that it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 500 lunches and 500 dinners, officials said.
Jones said the city was not able to get any emergency food through the Passaic County Office of Emergency Management. "They told us they had no proivisions for emergency food,'' said the mayor.
But the school district is going to fill the void as best as it can from its own food supplies, officials said.