ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Maplewood Community Pool will be the next site for the Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, October 1 to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been impacted by the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. Residents will receive one box of non-perishable food items.

It will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             Maplewood Community Pool, 187 Boyden Avenue Maplewood, NJ

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Residents driving to the site should line up along Boyden Avenue before turning right into the pool parking lot. Left turns from Boyden Avenue into the parking lot will not be allowed. Residents driving to the site should stay in their vehicles with their windows rolled up and open their trunk when they reach the distribution site.

Residents walking to the site should come to a walk-up location in front of the pool building. 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; the boxes weigh about 40 pounds.

Residents who are driving or walking are asked 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 occurring. 

The box of non-perishable items contains 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. Volunteers will place one emergency food box into each vehicle or to each walk up.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.

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