Fresh Produce and Non-Perishable Food Items Available

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County's next emergency food distribution event will be Thursday, September 3, at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Newark to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families dealing with food insecurity. Residents will receive one box of non-perishable food items and one box of fresh produce.

It will be held as follows:

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Date:               Thursday, September 3, 2020

Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Newark

                        Enter via Heller Parkway

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Residents driving to the site should enter Branch Brook Park by the Heller Parkway entrance or other more southern entrances. Cars entering from Mill Street or other northern entrances WILL NOT be allowed to make a left turn into the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center parking lot. 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 on the sidewalk in front of the Cherry Blossom Center parking lot. 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 emergency food boxes prepared by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey contain enough food to provide for 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable food such as cornmeal, oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, chili, soup and ravioli. Items may vary based upon their availability. The produce boxes will contain fruits and vegetables based on availability.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided nutritious food for over 50 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. For our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change that fills the emptiness caused by hunger and provides resources that are essential to earning a sustainable living.