NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The City of New Brunswick is helping Middlesex County's program that distributes nonperishable food and necessities to a network of more than 120 partner organizations to meet an increased demand during the COVID-19 health crisis.

As a result, the city has set up a drop off at Unity Square Community Center on Remsen Avenue for those wishing to help MCFOODs (Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services) replenish its supply and ensure that all Middlesex County residents in need have access to nutritious food.

MCFOODs has been a longtime partner of the city of New Brunswick and several organizations and groups that make up the Feeding New Brunswick Network, united in their goal to address food insecurity.

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Among the items in need are canned chicken, cereal, macaroni and cheese, canned meats and pasta, vegetables (low sodium), fruits (low sugar), diapers and wipes, stew (low sodium), granola bars, rice, pasta, dry beans (red, black and pinto), paper products, soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

MCFOODs can accept only canned and packaged goods. No glass items will be accepted.

"MCFOODs has been an unbelievable resource and partner for the Feeding New Brunswick Network, the district and the city," said Keith Jones II, Chief of Staff in Mayor Jim Cahill's office. "The mayor wanted to make sure we were all being good partners, so we opened a local donation site for MCFOODs."

Nonperishable food and necessities can be dropped off at Unity Square at 81 Remsen Ave. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday between 10 p.m.-3 p.m.