Local organizations and businesses step up for the Ironbound during the pandemic.
Hundreds of seniors and families in need from Newark’s East Ward received a welcomed boost during hard times as COVID-19 has impacted community health and the economy. Vouchers worth $100 towards food purchased at Seabra Foods were distributed on Saturday, April 25th, designated as Newark East Ward Solidarity Day and heralded by banners across Ferry Street to show support and gratitude for everyone on the frontline of the coronavirus fight including law enforcement, firefighters, EMT’s, healthcare professionals, food and warehouse distribution and more.
Organized by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and joined as sponsors by the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), and Seabra Foods, the effort raised more than $70,000 through local contributions. In addition to the Councilman, other major contributors included Manny Texeira of Texeira’s Bakery, Carlos Viera of Viera’s Bakery, Tony Seabra of Seabra Foods, Jerry Vecchio, Pedro Belo, Uniao dos Ditos da Murtosa and the IBID.
“The initiative demonstrated that there is a real need in this community and demonstrated, also, that this is the greatest community when it comes to solidarity and kindness,” noted Councilman Amador. “I was, first, amazed at the number of people who came for help and then, for the outpouring of solidarity from our business community to those in need. To everyone, THANK YOU!”
“The Ironbound community has lost a lot in this pandemic,” concluded IBID Executive Director Seth A Grossman. “This effort, led by Councilman Amador, to help those who need food and assistance, the most vulnerable, is exactly what we must do to rebuild our community. The IBID is proud to contribute and provide our support.”
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