ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Rev. Melvin E. Wilson, Pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, December 3, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. One thousand boxes of food will be distributed to anyone who needs them.

It will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: St. Matthew AME Church, 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange

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It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Residents who are driving and want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot by making a left turn from Oakwood Avenue. Right turns from Oakwood Avenue will not be allowed. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park on the west side of Oakwood Avenue. Vehicles should approach from Central Avenue.



Residents walking to the site should come to a walk-up location by the church on Oakwood Avenue. 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.

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.

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.



The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Only one emergency food box 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.