UPDATED: The Food Distribution scheduled for Jan. 26 in Plainfield has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled. Residents are asked to check ucnj.org for further updates.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three food distributions events for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 will be held this month.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. The events will take place rain or shine.

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  • Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. — Union County Vocational Technical School, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains – Drive-up only
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. — Gerald B. Green Plaza, 200 W. 2nd Street, Plainfield – Walk-up only
  • Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m. — Warinanco Park (Skating Rink), Roselle – Drive- up and Walk-up. Residents should use the Park Avenue entrance.

The food distribution is being coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Supermarket and Gargiulo Produce.

“Food distributions have become a lifeline for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to be able to continue providing this valuable resource in 2021 to our residents.”

“Residents continue to face unprecedented levels of unemployment, housing issues and food insecurity, and we are working hard to help everyone put food on their table,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “We thank Village Supermarket and Gargiulo Produce for their partnership in this effort.”

Residents wishing to pick up food at Union County Vocational Technical School must arrive in a vehicle. Walk-ups will not be accommodated in Scotch Plains.

Residents picking up food at the Roselle distribution can arrive in a car or walk-up to the distribution site at Warinanco Park.

Walk-up recipients in Roselle and Plainfield must wear masks at all times and maintain social distance.  Walk-up recipients should bring a cart or be able to carry several food bags at the walk-up area.

Upon arrival, proof of New Jersey residency and indicate how many people reside in their household will have to be provided. Recipients will receive an emergency box of produce, dairy and shelf stable food, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Please note that only one box of food will be provided per vehicle or walk-up recipient at each distribution event.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All drive-up 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 questions and more information, residents may call the UCDHS Director’s Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.