Rogelio Estevez, a recreational leader with the City of Perth Amboy’s Office of Recreation, and former baseball teammate of Michael Jordan, coordinates a team of volunteers who receive
regular donations of food supplies at the city’s Department of Social Services’ Community Center on Olive Street. (Photo by Bob Rinklin for Perth Amboy COVID Help)

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Raising $100,000 to Purchase Food for Families in Need Donations Needed Today. Cupboards are Empty in Too Many Households

Please contribute today!

Contributions may donated via Paypal, as well as being mailed to:


P.O. Box 999 Perth Amboy, N.J. 08862

Please make checks payable to: CPA COVID-19 HELP.


Families that need food deliveries may contact Mayor Diaz’s office at 732-826-7121 or by sending an email to


Families may also contact Human Services by calling 732-826-1690 to request a delivery of food to their home.


All donated funds will be used to purchase food and necessities.


COVID-19 HELP 4 Perth Amboy is also receiving donations from food companies, supermarkets and local markets.


The city’s Department of Social Services is storing cartons and cases of food, and the staff is delivering the supplies to needy households.


Director of Human Services Kenny Ortiz and the department’s team are organizing the logistics and deliveries.


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Supremo Food Markets is donating more than $50,000 in groceries to Perth Amboy families

For the next four weeks, Supremo Food Markets, in partnership with the Perth Amboy Human Services Department and the Mayor’s Office, will be preparing and providing food boxes for hundreds of families in need within the community.

Goya Foods Makes Initial Donation of More Than 10,000 Pounds of Food to the City of Perth Amboy and Thousands of its Families

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic owned food company, has made an initial donation of over 10,000 pounds of food, equivalent to more than 8,500 meals, to City of Perth Amboy and its Department of Human Services. The department has created a food distribution center at its facilities on One Olive Street. City workers and volunteers sort the food donations, and then the groceries are packed in cartons. Corps of volunteer drivers deliver the boxes of food and household items to different, local households each day. Goya will continue to donate to those facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are faced with an unprecedented national crisis and Goya has always stepped up to the plate in times of desperate need. As an essential business, our Goya teams are working 24/7 to meet the overwhelming demand for food and ensure that supermarket shelves nationwide are stocked with nourishing products, while also providing food to communities who are food insecure or not able to get to supermarkets,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

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ShopRite Donates $4,000 To Perth Amboy Food Program

ShopRite of Perth Amboy, located at 365 Convery Blvd., has donated $4,000 worth of gift cards for the purchase of groceries and basic household items. The City of Perth Amboy’s Mayor Wilda Diaz, working with Kenneth Ortiz, director of the city’s Department of Human Services, and his staff, have carefully identified those families most in need of the recently distributed gift cards.

Tropical Cheese Donates Thousands of Bottles of Yogurt Beverage and Cases of Food Products

Tropical Cheese, founded and based in Perth Amboy, continues to donate thousands of bottles of its low-fat yogurt drink and many cases of cheese products that are shared with hard-working families, who are facing severe food shortages. Rafael Mendez, the company’s founder, is providing large quantities of dairy products to the city’s Department of Human Services. Department Director Kenny Ortizhas organized teams of dedicated volunteers who are delivering these provisions and keeping food on the kitchen tables of households across the city.

Domino’s Pizza Serves Hundreds of Hot, Fresh Pies to Perth Amboy’s Families During the COVID Pandemic

Domino’s Pizza in Perth Amboy has provided hundreds of meals to families in Perth Amboy. Irving Lozada, who grew up in the city, connected Domino’s with the city’s hunger relief efforts.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Irving has volunteered his time to secure a wide range of food donations for hundreds of struggling families. Irving’s efforts began by asking local bodegas to contribute groceries that were distributed to households in need throughout the community.

He also formed an alliance with Domino’s Pizza in Perth Amboy. On a recent Saturday evening, Domino’s prepared more than 400 pizzas, and Irving recruited volunteer drivers who delivered in the hot, fresh pies to grateful recipients. Domino’s and Irving helped restore the families’ faith that the community would come through for their hungry children.

The pizzas arrived with an assortment of Tropical Cheese’s “Drinkable Lowfat Yogurt” beverages, which were donated by Rafael Mendez, the company’s founder. Mr. Mendez also contributed many cases of Tropical Cheese’s diary and meat products to aid the City of Perth Amboy’s food collection and distribution efforts.

The Department of Human Services’ team, assisted by staff from city’s Office of Recreation and volunteers from different municipal units have helped pack and deliver thousands of cartons of food to local households. The effort began in early March and continues today.



Perth Amboy’s Small Businesses Invited to Apply For a Local Grant to Help Reopen after COVID-19
$180,000 Grant Program for Local Companies Focused on Getting “Back to Business”

Perth Amboy, New Jersey (June 22, 2020) – The City of Perth Amboy and the Business Improvement District are launching the Small Business Grant program to provide funding to local small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Small businesses are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $3,500 online at HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/Y9RTS3FH. The grant was developed to help local businesses get “Back to Business.”

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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Certain Outdoor Recreational Businesses and Community Gardens to Open with Social Distancing Measures in Place
Order takes effect on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 a.m.

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 147, allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 a.m.


City of Perth Amboy Approves Reallocation of $200,000 in Home Funds to Eligible Residents
To apply, contact PRAHD at (732) 638-2870.

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the City of Perth Amboy approved the reallocation of U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development HOME Funds, totaling more than $200,000 to assist eligible residents with rental support. The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) will be administering the funds and are now accepting rental assistance applications. Eligible residents need to comply with the following criteria to receive assistance:

•. Individual must be a current Perth Amboy resident
• Proof of citizenship is required
• Individual must be able to document a COVID related hardship (unemployment or letter from employer stating that they were laid off or had a reduction in hours due to COVID).
• Landlord verification of back rent due is required

For additional information or to apply for rental assistance, residents are asked to contact PRAHD at (732) 638-2870.


Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes, and Lakeshores to Remain Open with Social Distancing Measures in Place
Everybody be careful
Under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order, the following shall remain closed on private and public beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores: water fountains, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, indoor recreational facilities, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers. There is an exception allowing bathrooms, showering areas, and changing areas to stay open. To limit physical interactions, the Order requires municipalities, lake commissions, private club associations or entities, and other local government to implement reasonable restrictions.

Grants up to $10,000 Available for Small Businesses APPLY TUESDAY, JUNE 9th at 9:00 a.m.!!!
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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced the expansion of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides funding to small businesses facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expanded program will provide grants up to $10,000 to qualified businesses and relaxes eligibility criteria to include a broader variety of businesses, as well as home-based businesses and sole proprietorships.

Today, the NJEDA released an application for review to allow business owners to prepare for submission. To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit NJEDA

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