April 2020

Movement supports local heroes and restaurants

STEPHANIE PANNY / PUBLISHED: APRIL 12, 2020

Two weeks ago, Anzalone Law Office began a movement to support both front line workers and local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic: #feedaheropledgenepa.

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Hospital administrators at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital accept a delivery of donated pizza.

The office encouraged businesses around the area to buy food from the small businesses affected by closures and deliver it to workers who are helping patients and the community during these times.

One of the four businesses that have joined the movement — Assured Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania — plans to follow in Anzalone’s footsteps and donate food every day it can.

“We think that this whole movement of taking care of first responders is definitely important for use to do right now with the whole coronavirus pandemic happening,” said Derek Zambino, executive vice president. “They are asked to do so much for the community and we would like to support them through this time. What better way to do that then by supporting local businesses, local restaurants, that are also impacted by the pandemic?”

Zambino said AssuredPartners is primarily targeting medical professionals in hospitals, fire/rescue, EMT and police officers.

So far, the business has raised $4,000 in house to order food for donation and has given food to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and plans to add the Lehigh Valley Health Network center in Hazleton to the list.

Zambino said the company is committed to doing this every day through the end of April. He added if the quarantine extends past that time, the company will raise more

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s to the nurses on the front lines at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Twp.

money and keep donating.

“When clients need us to be there, we’re there for them in our daily lives,” Zambino said. “This pledge to feed a hero is just another way to show our support.”

Anzalone Law Offices make food donations to first responders, encourages others to do the same

By Patrick Kernan pkernan@timesleader.com

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A state trooper unloads pizzas donated by Anzalone Law Offices to Troop P Wyoming on Wednesday.

WYOMING — The Anzalone Law Offices announced on Wednesday that it plans to donate two weeks worth of food to local first responders during the COVID-19 crisis, making donations to numerous local emergency responders.

Now the law firm is asking other businesses who can to make similar donations.

The announcement was made on the law firm’s Facebook page, saying they were committing to two weeks of donations of pizza and other food from Dino’s Pizza Express, located in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The law firm made its first donations late last week, with donations so far going to fire and police crews from Wilkes-Barre Township, Hollenback Township, Wilkes-Barre City, Kingston, Forty Fort, Larksville and Hanover Township, along with Pennsylvania State Police at Troop P Wyoming most recently on Wednesday.

The Anzalone Law Offices are encouraging “other local businesses who have the resources” to join them in making similar donations.

They are asking anyone who makes these donations to use the hashtag #FeedAHeroPledgeNEPA when making a social media post.