Coronavirus front line workers at Teaneck’s Holy Name Medical Center get food donation from BV Tuscany with the help of a retired cop.
When a retired police sergeant teamed up with a Teaneck restaurant, the result was 50 hot meals to feed the front-line workers Wednesday night at Holy Name Medical Center.
BV Tuscany Ristorante on Cedar Lane has been open for business, doing curbside pick-ups like everyone else. Longtime customer and retired Teaneck police sergeant Phil Lavigne said when he went to pick up his food order, the owner asked him if he knew how he could help do his part during the coronavirus pandemic.
“He really wanted to donate meals, but didn’t know how to go about it,” Lavigne said.
Benny Balidemaj, the owner of BV Tuscany restaurant, prepares and packs 55 meals to donate to Holy Name Medical Center on Wednesday April 29, 2020. (Photo: Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com – USA TODAY NETWORK)
Lavigne said he made some calls to the New Jersey chapter of Feed the Front Line, and the organization set up a day and time. Normally, restaurants are asked to deliver the food themselves, but with limited staff at the restaurant, Lavigne volunteered to pick up the food and deliver it himself.
Restaurants and local organizations have been stepping up by donating food or raising money to buy food while medical staff and first responders are working more than 12-hour days.
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In Wayne, the group Flag of Greater Wayne has raised over $66,000 and donated nearly 1,700 meals in two weeks.
The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County has been collecting money to buy meals prepared by local restaurants, which are then sent to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and Englewood hospital in Englewood.
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