Essex County, NJ — The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event is today, July 23, at the Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food to be distributed are meant to benefit families who are dealing with food insecurity.

It will be held as follows:

Date:               Thursday, July 23, 2020

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Time:              9 a.m.

Place:             Willing Heart Community Care Center

555 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Newark, NJ

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Residents who are driving and want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot via William Street. Residents waiting in line should line up along Springfield Avenue before turning right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and then right onto William Street. Left turns on William Street will not be allowed. In addition, residents are asked to not arrive to the site until 8 a.m. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

Residents who are walking to the site should enter the parking lot via Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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.

The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. When residents arrive at the site, 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.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.