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 a special Holiday Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. There will be 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food distributed. The program is meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food.
The Holiday Food Distribution will be held as follows:
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County Weequahic Park
Enter via Meeker Avenue
They will be held RAIN or SHINE.
“The Coronavirus exacerbated an existing food insecurity problem experienced by many of our residents. We are pleased to present this special Holiday Emergency Food Distribution Event for those who are in dire need and to make sure all our families have something to be thankful for this year,” DiVincenzo said. “The Coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for us all. We hope this emergency food distribution helps those families who continue to struggle,” he said.
“Unfortunately, food insecurity remains an issue that many Essex County residents continue to face. Our weekly food distribution events were very successful in providing relief during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic through the Spring of 2021, and I applaud the County Executive and our County leadership for taking the steps to coordinate a distribution event for our residents in need prior to the holidays,” Commissioner President Wayne Richardson said.
“As leaders in County government, we will continue working diligently to provide critical services to our residents in need. The upcoming food distribution event prior to the holiday will offer relief to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. I commend County Executive DiVincenzo and our partners in the community who have assisted in the coordination of these events,” Commissioner Vice President Carlos Pomares said.
Residents driving to the site should enter the park via the Meeker Avenue entrance. Residents waiting to enter the park should line up along Meeker Avenue before turning right into the park. Left turns into the park from Meeker Avenue will not be permitted.
Residents walking to the site should come to Rev. Ronald Christian Sports Complex. A station will be set up adjacent to the parking lot on the western side of the football field. 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 as they will be receiving a box of food and a frozen turkey.
Residents will receive a frozen turkey and an emergency food box that contains food items served during a traditional holiday meal. Only one emergency food box and frozen turkey will be placed into a vehicle’s trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site.
Buses will not be allowed to enter.