This is a press release from Essex County. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29th at Colgate Park in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed 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: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time:9 a.m.
Place: Colgate Park
60½ Cherry Street
West Orange, 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.

“When we approached County Executive DiVincenzo about hosting a food distribution event at Colgate Park, he immediately provided his support. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health affiliate, continually partners with West Orange to promote health and wellness. Joining with Essex County to offer a food distribution event will greatly benefit the community,” said Margie Heller, Vice President Community Health and Global Strategic Partnerships, RWJBarnabas Health.

“The Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event that took place in Branch Brook Park last year was a great success. We have been able 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 who want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot by making a right turn from Cherry Street. Left turns from Cherry Street will not be allowed. Residents waiting to the enter the site should line up along Main Street and Harrison Avenue before turning right onto Cherry Street. In addition, residents are asked to not arrive to the site until 8 a.m. Vehicles that arrive before 8 a.m. will be asked to leave. 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 will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. When residents arrive at the site by car, they are being asked to keep their windows rolled up and to open their trunk. Volunteers will place one emergency food box into each vehicle. Residents who are walking to the site are required to wear a face covering. Residents walking to the site will receive one box.

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. Each box weighs about 35 pounds. Residents walking to the site are encouraged to bring their own cart to carry the box home.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.