CAMDEN, NJ — The number of COVID-19 cases may be down in Camden County, but not the zeal to fight food insecurity which has resulted for some because of the pandemic.
Although it’s contract with Touch New Jersey — which has helped make the distributions possible — was initially set to end in July, Freeholder Jon Young announced Tuesday that the agreement will now extend through the end of August.
“[The first food distributions were] a huge success but during that time we found that folks were really flooding my email page...saying, ‘Hey what about the other side of the county? There’s more people that are in need.’ We found out that some smaller pantries that are in these smaller communities are really starting to hurt, starting to struggle,” Young said at the county’s weekly coronavirus press briefing.
Camden County began the distributions of fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat a month and a half ago. Since then with help from Touch New Jersey, Farmers Against Hunger and Philabundance, thousands of families have been provided food.
“It's been a true labor of love,” Young said.
The free food drives will be held on alternating Fridays at Camden County College (200 College Drive in Gloucester Township) and Camden City locations that will be announced weekly.
Freeholder Lou Cappelli cited unemployment benefits expiring as to why the need for the food drives may actually become even more necessary soon.
Camden County continues to see relatively low COVID-19 case numbers, announcing 15 new positive cases and zero deaths Tuesday. This brings the known totals to 7,572 cases and 430 deaths.
“The incredible progress we have seen throughout the month of June has only been possible because of residents throughout Camden County who have continued to take this threat seriously, and who have worked to protect others as much as themselves,” said Cappelli. “Today we are averaging a quarter of the new cases each day that we were just five weeks ago.”
Long-term care facilities have confirmed 1,287 resident cases, 473 staff cases, as well as 296 total deaths (all but three are staff members).
More information on the new cases is available here.