WESTVILLE, N.J. — A New Jersey man is using his garage to fight food insecurity in his neighborhood.
Barney Corrigan, 42, works as a caterer and lost many of his scheduled jobs when the coronavirus spread, WPVI reported.
“I was just watching the news and saw how many people were losing their jobs,” he told NJ.com. “I figured it was the least I could do.”
Word got out. And soon he was flooded with donations. That’s when he had to get more organized and expand, converting his garage into a food pantry. The shelves are stocked and it is open to anyone who is in need from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday, WPVI reported.
“I don’t think anyone should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” he told WPVI.
The pantry has been a popular spot for those in need.
“Everyone that comes here, they’re like friends now,” he told WPVI. “I had two people today that told me it might be the last time I see them, and that’s awesome in a good way.”
Corrigan has realized how widespread food insecurity is since starting his pantry. He is working on forming a nonprofit and would like to move operations to a warehouse and help more people, WPVI reported.
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