NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – MCFOODS, which has been distributing food and other necessities to food banks, houses of worship and other community partners for 26 years, is continuing to serve Middlesex County’s hungry during the COVID-19 crisis.
MCFOODS, through its partnership with LogistiCare, the nation’s largest non-emergency medical transportation company and the contracted transportation vendor for New Jersey Medicaid participants, is delivering the food to those who need it most during this pandemic.
A new home food delivery program, using transport from LogistiCare, is now available to serve local food pantries, food-insecure members of the community and those who would have previously relied on public transportation to get to the store or other food sources.
Within the first week of the program, food was delivered to more than 150 residents.
Residents are nominated for this program through their local food pantries based on need.
“The coronavirus pandemic has cut many people off from essentials, but Middlesex County, MCFOODS and LogistiCare are working to ensure that our residents will still get the food they need,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I applaud MCFOODS and LogistiCare for their coordinated efforts and their dedication to service and safety. This is a wonderful example of how we can all work together in these challenging times.”
“Due to the reduced number of medical trips being provided, LogistiCare reached out to MCFOODS to discuss how we could help to provide needed transportation,” said Lori Bonderowitz, Senior Vice President of New Jersey Client Services for LogistiCare. “People register with us for delivery service, MCFOODS provides the food packages, and we use our pre-existing resources to create routes, pick up food, and deliver.”
Under the leadership of senior project manager Jennifer Apostol, MCFOODS has expanded from operating out of a closet in a park police building in Roosevelt Park in Edison in its early days to its current 5,000 square foot warehouse in East Brunswick. In 2018, MCFOODS received and distributed over 1.9 million pounds of food including fresh produce, dairy and meat products to more than 120 partners.
A database of agencies that can provide emergency food can be found at this link.