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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a special Holiday Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus on Tuesday, December 22nd at the Essex County Hall of Records Employee Parking Deck in Newark. On Tuesday, December 22nd, individuals will receive a special holiday food box, frozen turkey and case of water. The events are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food.

It will be held as follows:

Date:Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County Hall of Records Complex
Employee Parking Deck
50 West Market Street
Newark, NJ

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

“The Coronavirus has forced an enormous amount of people out of work and created food insecurity among residents who now have limited income or no income at all. We are pleased to present this Emergency Food Distribution Event to help those who are in dire need,” DiVincenzo said. “The Coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for us all. We hope this emergency food distribution helps those families who are struggling,” he said, adding that additional emergency food distribution events will be scheduled on a weekly basis.

“The Coronavirus Pandemic has negatively affected our communities in a multitude of ways. Unfortunately, over the last few months, the number of Essex County residents requiring assistance to provide food for their families has increased. To that end, I am happy to join the County Administration in announcing that more food distribution events will be coming to different municipalities across the County. Providing service to our residents is something I take great pride in, and it is my hope the upcoming food distribution events will allow more Essex County residents in need to receive assistance,” Gill said.

“The Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event that took place in Branch Brook Park at the end of April was a great success. We were able to hand out over 2,000 boxes of food to residents in need. Our goal is to duplicate that success in different towns across Essex County, and give all of our residents a chance to receive food in a location that is in close proximity to their community. I thank the County Administration for putting this plan in place, and I encourage all residents in need to participate over the next few months,” Richardson said.

Residents driving to the Hall of Records will use the parking lot entrance adjacent to Essex County Veterans Memorial Park. Vehicles waiting to enter the parking lot should line up along West Market Street and then along Norfolk Street in front of Science High School. Left turns from West Market Street into the parking lot will not be allowed.

Residents walking to the site should come to a walk-up location adjacent to the parking deck. Residents walking to the site must wear a face mask/covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring a cart.

Residents are asked to not arrive at either site until 8 a.m. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

The emergency food boxes contain enough food to provide about 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, chili, soup and ravioli. Items may vary based upon their availability. Residents also will receive a frozen turkey and a case of bottle water. The water is being provided in partnership with the Newark Water Association.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.