Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2020

County Announces COVID-19 Emergency Thanksgiving Drive-Up Food Distribution in Scotch Plains, November 14

Distribution is a joint effort with Village Supermarket. Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board announced the County will hold an emergency Thanksgiving drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, November 14th, beginning at 9 a.m. at Union County Vocational Technical High School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

The event is open to all Union County residents. The first 1,500 vehicles will receive a special holiday food box. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. The event will take place rain or shine.

The food distribution is being coordinated by the County of Union and Village Super Market.

“The generous donations of food have provided a lifeline to those who are struggling with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, we are working hard to assist to as many residents as possible in Union County.”

“This drive-through distribution is just one way that we continue to offer assistance. We strive to provide our residents with the necessary resources and especially now that the weather is getting colder and the holidays are approaching,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank the Village Super Market and volunteers involved in coordinating this effort.”

Residents wishing to pick up food must arrive in a vehicle and bring one proof of New Jersey residency. Walk-ups will not be accommodated.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All drive-up 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 Village Super Market, visit: https://www.myvillagesupermarket.com/.

For more information and updates on all Union County services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, the new Union County COVID-19 website at ucnj.org/covid19.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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