UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m.
The food distribution is open to all Union County residents and will be held at Union County Vocational Technical High School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. The event is being coordinated by the County of Union and Village Super Market.
Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. The event will take place rain or shine.
Feeding America projects a 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey as a result of COVID-19–an additional 432,000 residents. This rate is higher than the national average of 46% and greater than any of New Jersey’s neighboring states.
In Union County, specifically, the projected food insecurity rate has risen from 8.2% to 12.9%.
“The Freeholder Board wants to continue to accommodate those in need,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We will continue to host food distributions in order to provide assistance to as many residents as possible in union County that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This drive-thru distribution is just one way that we continue to offer assistance. We strive to provide our residents with the necessary resources to support them during this time as they face unprecedented levels of unemployment, housing issues and food insecurity,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank the Village Super Market and volunteers involved in coordinating this effort.”
Residents wishing to pick up food must arrive in a vehicle. Walk-ups will not be accommodated.
Upon arrival, proof of New Jersey residency and indicate how many people reside in their household will have to be provided. Recipients will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Only one box of food will be provided per vehicle.
This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All drive-up recipients must 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.
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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