ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Newark. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been financially affected by the pandemic.

It will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Branch Brook Park

                        Cherry Blossom Welcome Center

                        Enter via Heller Parkway

                        Newark, NJ

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 next to the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center building. 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 contain enough food to provide about 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.

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