UNION, NJ - The County will hold another emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on September 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University. The distribution, sponsored and coordinated by the County of Union and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.

The food distribution will be first-come, first-served and no registration is required. Residents who wish to pick up food must arrive in a car; walk-ups will not be accommodated.

Upon arrival, each driver will have to present identification with their name and address and indicate how many people reside in their household. Recipients will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Please note that only one box of food will be provided per vehicle. This event will take place, rain or shine.

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Feeding America, of which CFBNJ is a member, projects a 56% increase in food insecurity -- an additional 432,000 residents -- throughout New Jersey as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This rate is higher than the national average of 46% and greater than any of New Jersey's neighboring states.

In Union County, specifically, the projected food insecurity rate has risen from 8.2% to 12.9%.

"The increase in need for food assistance among our New Jersey neighbors during this crisis has been staggering, presenting a greater challenge than anything that the FoodBank has faced throughout its 45-year history," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "Partnerships like the one that we have with Union County are what allow the FoodBank to continue its unprecedented response, reaching more individuals and families in need than ever before."

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All recipients must remain in their cars with windows rolled up at all times, otherwise masks are required. Food boxes will be placed in the trunk or truck bed of the vehicle by volunteers.

For a list of all future Food Distribution events, visit: ucnj.org/covid19/food-distribution-events/.

Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue.