MIDDLETOWN – Members of the Lincroft Fire Company want to assist people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
The fire company will hold its first Drive Thru Food Drive on May 9. Donated items will be delivered to local food banks.
“This is the first time we are doing something like this and we hope it can help those who have fallen on hard times because of the coronavirus,” Lincroft Fire Company Vice President Michael Nimon said.
Individuals may drop off food at the Lincroft Fire Company, 601 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9. The fire company may be contacted for a home curbside pickup of a donation if an individual cannot leave their home.
Nimon said the donated food would initially be distributed to LunchBreak in Red Bank and to the Salvation Army. Depending on the amount of food that is received, additional food banks may be able to be supported, he said.
He said members of the fire company want to support Middletown and Monmouth County during the pandemic. Nimon said while he was watching the news, he saw other organizations hosting similar food drives.
“We want to give people the satisfaction of helping those in need by giving back in a way that is safe for everyone,” Nimon said. “It’s all about giving back and making everyone feel better during these hard times.”
During the pandemic, the fire company has received support from the community. Nimon said firefighters have received donations of personal protective equipment and local officials have kept them informed about everything that is happening in regard to the pandemic.
“We have gotten a lot of responses from people about the food drive and how great of an idea it is,” he said. “It’s great to see people in our community take notice of what we are trying to do with this food drive and to help out in any way they can.”
As for how the Lincroft Fire Company has handled business during the pandemic, Nimon said meetings have been held through the online portal Zoom. Training drills have been suspended until it is safe for them to resume.
He said that since the onset of the pandemic, the fire company has been fortunate not to have received many calls related to fires or other situations that would have required a response.
For more information, email Nimon at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a home pick-up for the food drive, call 732-747-5295.