A $360,000 grant through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Sustain & Serve NJ program will fund the delivery of 450 meals each day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – through the end of May to Morristown Medical Center team members. The grant, which was awarded to the FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of Chatham/Madison, helps continue their mission of feeding front-line health care workers through purchasing meals from local restaurants.
“We know that every dollar to our restaurants and meals to our caregivers will mean so much, and we are extremely grateful to the NJEDA for this boost,” said Co-Founder of the FLAG of Chatham/Madison Liz Bernich.
FLAG of Chatham/Madison, co-founded by Liz Bernich and Gina McGuire last spring, continues to find ways to brighten the spirits of Morristown Medical Center team members. On Valentine’s Day, the group delivered ten baskets with enough goodies to feed 25 team members who work on the front lines with COVID-19 patients.
“Much credit belongs to the many people and groups who contributed (to create the baskets),” McGuire said. “Liz was on the assembly – they look awesome, and I’m so happy they were well received.”
FLAG’s delivery of more than 30,000 meals equating to more than $200,000 during the height of COVID-19 through the FLAG of Chatham/Madison was recognized by the New York Life Foundation through their Love Takes Action Award program. Bernich was nominated by Chatham neighbor and New York Life Head of Global Marketing Operations Jomil Guerrero and was awarded a $50,000 grant to her nonprofit of choice. She chose Morristown Medical Center as the recipient.
Local resturants that provided meals include:
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