Sustain & Serve program helped needy, Ridgewood NJ restaurants

It was the sight of 15 meals loaded in a baby carriage at the Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview that drew the attention of Ridgewood restaurateur Paul Vagianos. 

The owner of It’s Greek to Me was told that some of the meals he had just helped prepare and deliver as part of the Sustain & Serve program were headed for a two-room apartment housing 15 people.

“I’ve got to tell you, that changed my view,” Vagianos said. “I was so moved by what I saw. It was something I never expected to see in Bergen County.”

Vagianos is among 20 Ridgewood restaurant owners who participated in the second phase of the meals program funded by a $2 million New Jersey Economic Development Authority grant to the HealthBarn Foundation in Ridgewood.

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