JERSEY CITY, NJ -  The nonprofit SALT Foundation will be in Jersey City Sunday to distribute up to 300 bags of free groceries to those in need. The “Community Love” drive-through food pantry will take place at 575 Route 440 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. or until the food runs out.

Volunteers will be giving away pre-packed shopping bags filled with a range of healthy and hearty free fruits, vegetables, breads, and other food. The event, which is structured so that all volunteers and recipients can maintain social distancing. The Partnership for a Healthier JC and Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey are both supporting the event.

This will be the 17th drive-through food pantry event hosted by the SALT Foundation, a non-profit organization that gathers healthy and quality food that would otherwise be thrown away from a variety of grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s locations in Hoboken and Brick, and Wegmans in Princeton, and then distributes that food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, community groups, churches, and special events like this one, since the COVID-19 pandemic set in. More than 2,500 bags of food have been distributed through their efforts including at the Freetown Road Project restaurant on Newark Ave. earlier this year.

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“Thanks to the generosity of Trader Joe’s and Wegmans, we are reaching so many people in Jersey City and Hudson County with the sustenance they need, especially during this incredibly challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and its social restrictions,” said Claudia Wheeler, SALT Foundation founder. “During this time, we rely more than ever on the support of our neighbors and community partners like Partnership for a #HealthierJC.”

For the past decade, Wheeler has collected and delivered over 80,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other food products to dozens of organizations and thousands of families, driving over 78,000 miles in the process. She is also a United States Navy veteran and a public schoolteacher. 

To learn more about SALT Foundation, please visit www.TheSALTFoundationInc.org.

 

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