ESSEX COUNTY, NJ —The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, June 18, at Colgate Park in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The event is being co-sponsored by St. Barnabas Medical Center. One thousand boxes of food will be distributed to benefit families who are not able to afford food.

It will be held as follows:


Date:               Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Time:              10 a.m.

Place:             Colgate Park

                        60½ Cherry Street

                        West Orange, NJ


It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

“The Coronavirus has forced an enormous amount of people out of work and created food insecurity among residents who now have limited income or no income at all. We are pleased to present this emergency food distribution event to help those who are in dire need,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said. “The coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for us all. We hope this emergency food distribution helps those families who are struggling,” he said, adding that additional emergency food distribution events will be scheduled on a weekly basis.

“When we approached County Executive DiVincenzo about hosting a food distribution event at Colgate Park, he immediately provided his support. Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health affiliate, continually partners with West Orange to promote health and wellness. Joining with Essex County to offer a food distribution event will greatly benefit the community,” said Margie Heller, Vice President Community Health and Global Strategic Partnerships, RWJBarnabas Health. 

Residents who want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot by making a right turn from Cherry Street. Left turns from Cherry Street will not be allowed. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Main Street and Harrison Avenue before turning right onto Cherry Street. In addition, residents are asked not arrive to the site until 8 a.m. Vehicles that arrive before 8 a.m. will be asked to leave. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

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. Each box weighs about 35 pounds. Residents walking to the site are encouraged to bring their own cart to carry the box home.

The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. When residents arrive at the site by car, they are being asked to keep their windows rolled up and to open their trunk. Volunteers will place one emergency food box into each vehicle. Residents who are walking to the site are required to wear a face covering. Residents walking to the site will receive one box.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.