Response To COVID-19

Community in a time of Crisis

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Consistent with NFSB responsiveness to community, we are addressing the unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19. We are dedicated to providing services and creating workable solutions that allow continuity of operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers.

Therefore, in this time of evolving public health situations, NFBS will be making the following modifications to our operations:

THE CENTER:
Continuity of psychotherapy services will be maintained, including individual and group therapy for adults. Children’s Social Skills Groups and the Mental Well-being Workshops are suspended until further notice. Remote psychotherapy sessions are being conducted to provide optimal safety for our staff and clients. Go to The Tele-Health Navigational Tool  page.

THE PANTRY:
The NFSB Food Pantry is deemed an essential service according to Gov. Murphy’s executive order and will therefore will continue grocery distribution according to the regularly scheduled dates. In accordance with guidance from state and local Departments of Health to minimize contained crowding, open air food distribution will take place outside the NFSB Annex at 169 Chestnut Street.

Please consider a monetary donation to support ongoing programs/services and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our community in this time of crisis. MAKE YOUR DONATION!

Shelf-stable donations are gratefully accepted in the marked bins on the porch at the rear of the NFSB Annex at 169 Chestnut Street. Additionally, grocery gift cards for the purchase of staples are always welcome. Go to The Pantry page.

If you or your family find yourselves in need of emergency support (especially at-risk populations including, vulnerable seniors and those with disabilities and underlying medical conditions) please contact the NFSB Main Office at: 973.667.1884.

THE SHOP OPENS IT DOORS!
NFSB is pleased to announce that The Shop is open on a limited basis: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am until 7 pm. We continue to follow state health guidelines with social distancing and masks required for all on site. Additionally, everyone who enters the shop will have to attest to their health and have their temperatures taken. At this time, shopping will be limited to adults, 18 years of age and above. We look forward to getting back to business and offering our shoppers so many terrific items at the best bargains around! Go to The Shop page.

UPDATES:
SUMMER LUNCH DISTRIBUTION AT WALKER JUNIOR HIGH  SCHOOL
Nutley Public School’s summer lunch distribution will move from NFSB to Walker Middle School starting Tuesday, June 30th. Meals will be available for all Nutley residents 18 years of age and below, regardless of school or eligibility for Free and Reduced School Lunch. Distribution will take place on Tuesday and Friday, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please access the Middle School parking lot from the Hillside Crescent entrance. Grab-and-Go meals will continue to be provided by Pomptonian Food Service. For more information please refer to the district website.

2020 SCOUTING FOR FOOD DRIVE POSTPONED
The Scouting for Food Drive scheduled for March 21st has been postponed. NFSB provides supplemental nutrition to over 200 local households. The Pantry receives approximately 90% of its shelf stock from the annual March Scouting For Food Drive. As a result of the postponement, we particularly are in extremely low reserves at a time when the need has escalated. HELP NOW!

NUTLEY FAMILY SERVICE BUREAU A NIGHT AT THE RACES RESCHEDULED
In an abundance of caution, and in compliance with guidance from state and local Departments of Health, Nutley Family Service Bureau announces rescheduling of our popular fundraiser, A Night at the Races. The event will now take place on 10/24/2020 at Starlight Dance Center, including all the fabulous races, food, beverages, and fun. If you would like your ticket or sponsorship purchase to stand for October 24, you don’t need to do anything. If you would like a refund, please call the NFSB office at (973) 667-1884. Go to A Night At The Races page.

WHY NFSB NEEDS YOUR HELP
NFSB is a not-for-profit organization with three agency components: The (Psychotherapy) Center, The (Food) Pantry, and The (Thrift) Shop. They function independently from each other, but are related. Therefore, the impact of the COVID-19 has a compounding negative effect across agency operations:

  • The (Psychotherapy) Center, which generates revenue through insurance fees, has experienced a flux in psychotherapy session demand. In an effort to provide ongoing service, tele-health sessions have been instituted at an additional cost to the agency.
  • The (Food) Pantry receives approximately 90% of its shelf stock from the annual March Scouting For Food Drive, which has been postponed. As a result, we particularly are in extremely low reserves at a time when need has escalated.
  • The (Thrift) Shop has been closed for the duration of the crisis. It is a crucial revenue stream, as 100% of the funds raised from its operations directly support NFSB services and programs, has been temporarily disrupted.
  • The volunteer force, which is the functional back bone of NFSB has been drastically reduced, with only a skeleton crew to carry out only the most vital Food Pantry and School Meal efforts.

Please consider a monetary donation to support ongoing programs/services and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our community in this time of crisis.
HELP NOW!