April 27, 2020 | Tiffany Neal | Building Bridges to Better Health
As posted on New Jersey Health Initiatives
At our coalition’s grant leadership team meeting on March 23, 2020, the planned agenda included a discussion of options for using remaining grant funds to help promote a Culture of Health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook. During the meeting, it quickly became clear that COVID-19 was having a huge impact on our communities’ health and finances.
Food access rose to the top of the list for urgent needs. Our team decided to use the full $17,000 in our available Communities Moving to Action grant funds for grocery store gift cards. We are grateful to NJHI for quickly approving this pivot in spending, so that we were able to distribute the gift cards to town leaders on April 10.
“On behalf of the Borough of Bound Brook, I want to extend our deepest gratitude for New Jersey Health Initiatives’ generosity and efforts in making this happen. This flexibility is making a lot of people very happy and grateful,” said Bound Brook Mayor Robert Fazen.
The gift cards have been distributed to adults, families, and seniors in the town who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Many residents have lost their jobs and need extra support to buy food. In South Bound Brook, the mayor posted about the gift cards o