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. and the Essex County Board of County Commissioners will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event and COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Thursday, June 3rd at Essex County West Side Park in Newark. Combining the two initiatives will help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus and hopefully encourage residents to get vaccinated. Residents coming to the event do not have to participate in both activities.

It will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County West Side Park
South 13th Street
Newark, NJ

This is on the Football Field side of the Park.
It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

“Our Emergency Food Distribution program and Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Unit have been successful in helping the community during the pandemic. The Food Distribution has helped provide nutritious food to residents throughout this crisis and the Mobile Unit has made it extremely easy for residents to receive their vaccinations,” DiVincenzo said. “Bringing these two events together will bring much-needed services to those who need it most,” he added.

Residents can enter the event area by turning onto South 13th Street from 16th Avenue. Only right turns onto South 13th Street from 16th Avenue will be permitted. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along 16th Avenue around the perimeter of the park.

Residents walking to the site should come the park entrance on South 13th Street. Residents walking to the site must wear a face mask/covering and follow social distancing guidelines.

Residents who are driving or walking are asked to not arrive to the 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.

Residents can choose with activity they in which they want to participate. Residents can receive an emergency food box without getting vaccinated and they can get vaccinated even if they do not want the box of food.

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. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle’s trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring a cart; the boxes weigh about 40 pounds.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.