East Orange native Naturi Naughton grew up to become a successful television actor and a member of the singing group 3LW. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, she uses the fruits of her success to lend a helping hand to the folks back home.
The Union Daily Voice reports that the singer and actor’s charitable foundation and local partners want to ensure that people in lockdown can eat.
Naughton, known for her role as Tasha St. Patrick on the STARZ series, “Power,” will work alongside Southern Comfort Cafe in Orange and King’s Family Restaurant in Newark to provide 100 meals per day starting Monday.
The meals, funded by Naturi’s Dreamers Foundation, are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and can be picked up or delivered from 4 to 8 p.m. each day.
“COVID-19 has been rough on all of us,” she wrote on Instagram, “but you are not alone!”
TapInto East Orange/Orange reports that hometown helping is nothing new for Naughton.
Naturi is no stranger to never forgetting home, and home not forgetting her. She co-hosted East Orange’s popular arts festival known as MAC Fest. Naturi reached out to Cicely Tyson School alum and fashion designer, Kyemah Mcentyre to make her dress for the BET Awards. She is an inductee in the East Orange Hall of Fame, and in 2016, she received the Althea Gibson Leadership Award from the County of Essex. In her acceptance remarks, she stated: “Althea Gibson was a game-changer from East Orange, and that’s what I want to be.”
It appears that motivated by progressive values and through people-focused action, Naturi Naughton is making her own wish come true.
The food service continues for East Orange through April 12. Deliveries for Orange residents run from April 13-19. The effort moves to Orange from April 20-26.