ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 30, in  Independence Park in Newark. The 1,000 boxes of food to be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work due to the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. 

It will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             Essex County Independence Park

                        Van Buren Street, Newark, NJ

The park is located between Oliver Street and Walnut Street in Newark’s Ironbound.

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

The food distribution in Independence Park is entirely for walk ups. Since the boxes weigh about 35 pounds, residents are encouraged to bring a shopping cart with them. Residents should enter the park from Van Buren Street across from East Side High School. Residents are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing; anyone not wearing a face covering will not be allowed to enter the park. In addition, residents are asked not to arrive to the site until 8 a.m. Residents will receive one box per family.

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.