UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

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.

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The events will take place rain or shine on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. — Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth (Walk-up only)
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. — Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains (Drive-up only)
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. — Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield (Walk-up only)

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

The food distributions are being coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce.

“During this time, residents continue to mitigate effects of unemployment, housing issues and food insecurity and we are working hard to help everyone put food on their tables,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce for their partnership in this ongoing effort.”

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

Residents picking up food at the walk-up events in Elizabeth 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 indication of 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 recipient at each event.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols.

For questions and more information, residents may call the UCDHS Director’s Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288.


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