The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the  April  in  2020: 

“As the coronavirus causes real disruption to the lives of New Jerseyans, some residents will be disproportionately affected and many service agencies will be critically impacted.

The nonprofit SALT Foundation, together with the Somerset Community Action Program, will hold a “Community Love” drive-thru food pantry event at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will distribute pre-packed shopping bags filled with a range of “healthy and hearty” fruits, vegetables, breads, and other food. The event has been structured so that all volunteers and recipients can maintain social distancing.

SALT Foundation gathers food that would otherwise be thrown away from a variety of grocery stores and then distributes that food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, community groups, and churches.

“This Earth Day, nothing symbolizes our connection to the world around us quite like the healthy food that all of us need, especially during this incredibly challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and its social restrictions,” said Claudia Wheeler, SALT Foundation founder.

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Islamic Relief USA

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The Muslim-based nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization has launched a grant program to facilitate the operations of mosques and social services providers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The organization is also accepting donations to help provide hygiene kits and medical support to people suffering from the disease around the world. Click here to donate.

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