Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2021

Union County Commissioners Announce COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April and May

 

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners will hold additional emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April and May to aid those affected by COVID-19.

These will include:

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield
  • Walk-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Conant Park in Hillside
  • Walk-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from the Community FoodBank of NJ

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

  • Kean University in Union
  • Drive-thru only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market, Gargiulo Produce, and CMC Foods

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Immaculate Conception Church in Elizabeth
  • Walk-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Warinanco Park in Roselle
  • Walk-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield
  • Walk-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce

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

“Food distributions have become a lifeline for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to continue to provide this valuable resource to our residents,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“During this time as residents continue to deal with unemployment, housing issues and food insecurity, we are working hard to help everyone put food on their tables,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank Village Super Market, Gargiulo Produce, the Community Food Bank of NJ, and CMC foods for their continued partnership.”

Residents picking up food at the walk-up events in Plainfield, Hillside, Elizabeth, and Roselle 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 at the walk-up area.

Residents wishing to pick up food at the drive-up distribution events at Kean University must arrive in a vehicle. Walk-ups will not be accommodated at either location.

All drive-up recipients at Kean 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.

Upon arrival, proof of New Jersey residency and indication of how many people reside in their household will have to be provided. Recipients will receive an emergency box of produce, dairy, and shelf stable food, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Please note that only one box of food will be provided per recipient at each event.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders regarding social distancing and other protocols.

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 Village Super Market, visit: https://www.myvillagesupermarket.com.

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

To learn more about the Community FoodBank of NJ, visit: https://cfbnj.org/.

To learn more about CMC Foods, visit: https://cmcfoodsus.com/.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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