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Bayonne moves to reallocate CDBG funds for food delivery

A public hearing on the matter is set for May 7 at 3 p.m.

As many at-risk residents struggle to buy groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Bayonne has stepped in to help.

Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable, at risk of contracting and facing serious complications from COVID-19. Most seniors and other vulnerable residents are also afraid to go to supermarkets, according to City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski.

Additionally, the Bayonne Soup Kitchen closed on account of the virus, limiting food options even further.

In response, the Ashe-Nadrowski announced that the city was in the process of establishing a city-wide food bank at the April 15 meeting.

Now, the city seeks to take the idea a step further through the launch of a food delivery program. Bayonne will hold a virtual public hearing to consider amending its Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan to fund the proposed food delivery.

The hearing is slated for Thursday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m.

The proposed amendment to the annual CDBG plan would allow $20,000 to be allocated for food delivery, “in order to address community needs that have emerged through the COVID-19 public health crisis.”

Given the current pandemic, a virtual hearing is being held in lieu of an in-person hearing on the matter. The log-in information will be available on the city’s website at www.bayonnenj.org.

Instead of TetherView, the city’s primary method of streaming public meetings during the pandemic, the meeting will be held via Zoom.

Residents can tune into the meeting on Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/94470152716?pwd=VFFyZ2JZMUdXLzJJbjU5bG9QUTM2dz09

The city encourages all interested persons, groups, and organizations to attend this public hearing. Residents who wish to speak at the meeting will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed amendment for the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Action Plan.

Any general questions regarding the substantial amendment or proposed programming, as well as requests for special assistance related to limited English proficiency or disabilities, should be directed to Samantha Howard at showard@beof.org.

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