Perth Amboy, New Jersey (May 4, 2020) – Many families in Perth Amboy are facing food shortages. Each day since the coronavirus shutdown businesses and layoffs began, the city’s residents are gathering in ever-longer lines as they seek supplies at local food pantries, houses of worship and feeding programs. The daily demand is far greater than the supply of donated food.

A private and public alliance has emerged in Perth Amboy, and its mission to rapidly raise $100,000 to purchase and contribute food. COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy was formed immediately after the City of Perth Amboy and the Celebrate Our Stars & Stripes committee canceled the annual fireworks event that marks America’s Independence Day.

Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and Barry Rosengarten, chairman of Celebrate our Stars & Stripes, are asking companies that helped sponsor the fireworks display to donate those sponsorship funds to the not-for-profit COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy organization, which is accepting contributions from all donors.

In introducing the COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy organization, Mayor Diaz said, “We are raising funds to aid families who are running out of food and are without resources to feed their households. Food scarcity is a reality for too many in our community. Our mission is to continue to support our neighbors during this healthcare and economic crisis, which has placed the biggest burden on our city’s most vulnerable families.” Mr. Rosengarten said, “People are in dire straits, and they need our help, now! We are counting on your generous contributions. Your rapid response will make a difference for families that are going hungry, getting by on just one or two meals a day.”

About COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy

The not-for-profit organization is guided by a committee of 10 individuals that includes local leaders, business owners, pastors, and residents. Its mission is to rapidly gather contributions, purchase food and distribute the goods to families with food scarcity needs in Perth Amboy. COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy is a 501(c) (3) entity. Each contribution is 100 % tax deductible.

We thank you for your support!