ORANGE, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus.

The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held rain or shine as follows:

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Date:               Thursday, August 6, 2020

Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             St. Matthew AME Church

                        336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, NJ

Residents who are driving and want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot by making a left turn from Oakwood Avenue. Right turns from Oakwood Avenue will not be allowed.

Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park on the west side of Oakwood Avenue. Vehicles should approach from Central Avenue.

Emergency food boxes also will be distributed to residents who walk up to the site. A walk up site will be at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Clay Street in front of the church. 

Residents who are driving or walking are asked not to arrive until after 8 a.m. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

The emergency food boxes contain enough food to provide about 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, chili, soup and ravioli. Items may vary based upon their availability.

The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. When residents arrive at the site, they are asked to keep their windows rolled up and to open their trunk. Volunteers will place one emergency food box into each vehicle.

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