Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020

Union County Freeholders Announce Two COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for December 19

Produce will be distributed on a first come-first served basis at drive-up event in Union and walk-up event in Elizabeth.

 

Union County, NJ – The Freeholder Board will hold two food distributions events for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, December 19th. A drive-up distribution will be held Saturday, December 19, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Also on December 19th beginning at 1:30 p.m., a walk-up distribution will take place at the Union County Division of Social Services building located at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. The events will take place rain or shine.

The food distribution is being coordinated by the County of Union With support from Village Supermarket, Gargiulo Produce, Breadsmith and CMC Foods.

“Food distributions have become a lifeline for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to be able to continue providing this valuable resource to our residents, especially during the holiday season.”

“During this time as residents face unprecedented levels of unemployment, housing issues and food insecurity, we are working hard to help everyone put food on their tables,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank Village Supermarket, Gargiulo Produce, Breadsmith and CMC Foods for their partnership in this effort.”

Residents wishing to pick up food at Kean University must arrive in a vehicle. Walk-ups will not be accommodated in Union Township.

Residents without a vehicle can walk-up to the Elizabeth distribution site at the Union County Social Services Building.

Upon arrival, proof of New Jersey residency and indicate how many people reside in their household will have to be provided. Recipients will receive a holiday emergency box containing turkey, ham or chicken as well as non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Please note that only one box of food will be provided per vehicle or walk-up recipient.

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.

Walk-up recipients must wear masks at all times and maintain social distance.  Walk-up recipients should bring a cart or be able to carry several food bags from the walk-up area.

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.

To learn more about Gargiulo Produce, visit: http://www.gargiuloproduce.com.   

To learn more about Breadsmith, visit: https://www.breadsmith.com/cranford/.

To learn more about CMC Food, visit: https://www.thefarmershen.com/cmc-food/.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the free Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

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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