ELIZABETH, NJ — Over 300,000 free meals have been distributed to Elizabeth residents in need since April. 

“For the past three months, we worked together to provide food to residents as they continued to face hardships caused by the ongoing health pandemic,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

The free food program was a joint effort of the City of Elizabeth, Union County and the World Central Kitchen. In Elizabeth alone more than 3,000 prepackaged meals were distributed each day at the Stephen Sampson Center and the O’Donnell Dempsey Center.

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“As a Freeholder and Elizabeth resident, this has been one of the most inspiring programs I have been a part of, and it truly humbles me to have witnessed all of these organizations come together to make it possible,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados. “During a time when our country is facing unemployment, health issues and uncertainty, our volunteers came together, not just at these centers, but to deliver meals to our senior population and to those who tested positive for COVID-19.”

The free food program will end July 3rd; however the World Central Kitchen Farmer’s Market will continue to hand out ‘bounty boxes,’ packed with dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables at the O’Donnell Dempsey Center until mid-July. 

For more information on City programs, visit www.elizabethnj.org or to learn more about the Union County programs, visit www.ucnj.org.