ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A special Spring Holiday Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is set for April 1. There will be 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food distributed at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Essex County Branch Brook Park. The program is meant to benefit families who are facing food insecurity.

The Spring Holiday Emergency Food Distribution will be held as follows:
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center
Enter via Heller Parkway, Newark, NJ

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

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Residents driving to Branch Brook Park should enter the park via the Heller Parkway entrance or more southern entrances. Cars entering from Mill Street or other northern entrances will not be allowed to make a left turn into the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center parking lot.

Residents walking to the site should come to a walk-up location by the Cherry Blossom Center Welcome Center. Residents walking to the site must wear a face mask/covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring a cart.



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

Residents will receive a frozen turkey and an emergency food box. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle's trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.