UNION COUNTY, NJ Two drive-up food distributions for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday, August 27.

Both events will begin at 9 a.m. at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Avenue and Morris Avenue.  The food distributions 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.

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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.

The food distributions are being sponsored and coordinated by the County of Union and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ).

Feeding America, of which CFBNJ is a member, projects a 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey as a result of COVID-19--an additional 432,000 residents, 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%.

“Food insecurity remains a major concern in these uncertain times,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “To that end, the Freeholder Board and the County continue to coordinate events such as these drive-up food distributions to assist our residents in any way we can.”

"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."

Both events 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.