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Gottheimer honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service

Helps pack meals for children at risk of hunger

ENGLEWOOD, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Monday honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Pastor Dr. Lester Taylor, civil rights activist Theodora Lacey, and community members by helping pack more than 2,000 weekend snack packs for children in need with the Community Baptist Church of Englewood.

The event was organized by the Center for Food Action (CFA), a North Jersey nonprofit that operates in more than 100 towns. In 2022, the CFA served more than 175,000 people.

The weekend snack packs will be sent to schools in Englewood, Hackensack, Cliffside Park, Garfield, and Edgewater.

“It’s no secret that here in Bergen County — and across our entire state — we have faced incredibly trying times in recent years. From the rising tide of hate, and extremism, to assaults on our democracy and voting rights. Today, in honor of Dr. King, we the North Jersey community united to help thousands of children who are food insecure,” said Gottheimer. “As Dr. King once said, ‘our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.’ That is why we must raise our voices and work together for justice, for opportunity, and for good.”

Gottheimer was joined by Pastor Dr. Lester Taylor, Civil Rights Activist Theodora Smiley Lacey, Assemblywoman Shama Haider, Commissioner Chairwoman Germaine Ortiz, Commissioner Tracy Zur, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, Englewood Councilman Kevin Wilson, Englewood Councilman Charles Cobb, and Center for Food Action Executive Director Nicole Davis.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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