With many of its events cancelled due to the coronavirus, the Hopewell Valley Education Association is moving money around to benefit its community.

Several HVEA members went out to Costco and spent $3,700 on groceries and hygiene products. After shopping, Kathy Neggia, Andrew Romanelli, Molly LaPorte, Lisa Striget, and Danielle Arias donated it all to the Hopewell Valley Mobile Food pantry last month.

Groceries and hygiene products purchased by HVEA at Costco. Photo via HVEA.

Pennington mayor Joe Lawver, who serves as lead organizer at the the pantry, helped to unload the goods. With assistance from Heidi Olson, former HVEA member and president, they distributed these donations to the local community.

“We are grateful to have been able to use these funds to show our support for our community members during this difficult time,” said HVEA President Danielle Arias.

The Hopewell Valley Education Association also used some of the newly available funds to provide meal deliveries to local first responders and healthcare workers. Some of the recipients include:

  • Capital Health Medical Center,
  • Hopewell Valley Emergency Services,
  • Hopewell Township Police, Fire, and EMT,
  • Pennington Police,
  • Hopewell EMT/FIRE,
  • Brandywine Assisted Living.

The HVEA represents teachers and other certified staff at in the Hopewell Valley Public Schools in Mercer County, NJ.