UNION COUNTY, NJ — A drive-up food distribution for Union County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University. Sponsored and coordinated by the County of Union and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the food distribution will be first-come, first-served and no registration is required.
Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North and Morris avenues.
Feeding America, of which CFBNJ is a member, projects a 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey as a result of COVID-19--an additional 432,000 residents. This rate is higher than the national average of 46% and greater than any of New Jersey's neighboring states.
In Union County, specifically, the projected food insecurity rate has risen from 8.2% to 12.9%.
“Food insecurity remains a major concern in these uncertain times,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “To that end, the Freeholder Board and the County continue to work hard in assisting our residents through events such as this drive-up food distribution.”
“As we all know, COVID-19 has affected all residents across Union County and this world. People are struggling with health issues, employment issues and food insecurity,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “This free food distribution is another example of the work being done by the Freeholder Board in support of all residents in need during this pandemic. We thank the partners and volunteers involved in coordinating this effort.”
Residents who wish to pick up food must arrive in a car; walk-ups will not be accommodated.
Upon arrival, each driver will have to present identification with their name and address and indicate how many people reside in their household. Recipients will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Only one box of food will be provided per vehicle.
"The increase in need for food assistance among our New Jersey neighbors during this crisis has been staggering, presenting a greater challenge than anything that the FoodBank has faced throughout its 45-year history," said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All recipients must remain in their cars with windows rolled up at all times, otherwise masks are required. Food boxes will be placed in the trunk or truck bed of the vehicle by volunteers.
For questions and more information, residents may call the UCDHS Director’s Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288.
To learn more about the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, visit: https://cfbnj.org/.
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