By Liz Johnson

In the span of a week, the state of New Jersey has come to a blistering halt in order to stave off the highly infectious coronavirus. Gov. Phil Murphy this weekend ordered residents to stay home and closed all non-essential businesses. Last week, he imposed an 8 p.m. -5 a.m. curfew for residents.  People are allowed to walk outside and visit parks, although parents should not allow their children to play on playground equipment. So what’s there to do if everyone is forced to stay home? Plenty. Whether it’s heeding the call to volunteer, donate, or take part in online fitness or meditation classes, here’s a list of useful info for Hunterdon County during the coronavirus outbreak:

Food deliveries or drives

Oak Grove Angus Farms on Oak Grove Road in Kingwood is offering free delivery throughout the county for beef sausage and beef patty package. Call 908-752-9066 for details.

ShopRite in Clinton and Flemington is offering deli products as Grab n’ Go – meaning you need to call to place an order, then pick it up. The store also has an app for placing orders at www.shoprite.com/deli-app/. It also has specially designated checkout registers for high-risk and elderly customers.

The Flemington-Raritan School district is offering a three-day supply of meals at the intermediate school in Flemington, available for pick-up from 8:30 a.m. – noon on Monday and Thursdays.

A Facebook page for Hunterdon County restaurants offering takeout and delivery services during the coronoavirus shutdown has been set up here.

Frenchtown and Kingwood United Methodist Churches have set up mini-food pantries in their parking lots for anyone in need. Frenchtown United Methodist is located on 3rd Street in Frenchtown; Kingwood is located on the corner of routes 519 and 513 in Kingwood.

Give-a-ways and free services

The Golden Club in Whitehouse Station is making senior activity bags that are free to all seniors in Hunterdon County. Call 908-505-2273 to arrange delivery or pick-up.

Harper’s Table in Annadale, a Hunterdon Happening List winner, is offering free delivery and curbside service, pizza kits for families to make and free meals to anyone in need. They are located at 1316 Route 31 N and can be reached at 908-200-7271.

Frenchtown Pharmacy at 20 Race Street is offering free delivery service and curbside service to customers. They can be reached at 908-996-4180.

Volunteering and Donation needs

Hunterdon county YMCA will host an Emergency Red Cross Blood Drive on March 25th from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. The Y is located at144 W. Woodschurch Road,  Flemington.  For more information, call 908-782-1030.

Hunterdon Healthcare is looking for donations of N95 masks, protective wear, food donations for staff, thread, rated 1/4-inch elastic and blood donations. For more information, click here.

Meal on Wheels in Flemington is in need of volunteer to make food and deliver it. The organization has protocols in place to comply with social distancing. Click here for more information.

Fitness and Meditation classes

Kickquest in Flemington is offering Free martial arts classes via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. To sign up, go to https://sparkpages.io/cart/.

Riverflow Yoga is offering free, online yoga classes through its Facebook page.

Body- ByE is hosting free 30-minute online workouts. For more information, click here.

The MenlhaKadampa Buddhist Center in Lambertville is doing live streaming of its meditation classes on Tuesday nights. For more info, go to this site.

Tao and Zen Healing is offering free, online qigong classes on Tuesday night. For more information go to visit the Facebook page.

Business Help

The Hunterdon County Chamber and the Hunterdon County Economic Development  team have launched a set of online tools and resources including an economic impact survey to gauge the impact of the shutdown on local businesses. For more information, go to https://www.hunterdon-chamber.org/covid-19-business-resources.html.

The Small Business Administration is offering loans and services to businesses shutdown by the coronavirus. For information, go to https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

New Jersey has set up a Web site with frequently asked questions by business owners as well as resources at https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak.

Kids Activities

Holland Center Pharmacy is hosting an Stay-at-Home Art Work Competition for kids ages 5-14 via their Facebook page.

Hunterdon Art Museum is offering virtual tours of its exhibits. Check it out at https://hunterdonartmuseum.org/virtual-exhibitions/.

Raritan Headwaters has posted a list of activities for kids to learn about nature, whether it be in their backyard, local park or inside.

Staying current on COVID-19 information

The state of New Jersey has set up a Web site to answer residents’ questions regarding protocols in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 at covid19.nj.gov/faqs/general-public.

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