Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2021

Union County to Hold COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions in June

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs residents of the emergency food distribution events in June to aid those affected by COVID-19.

These will include:

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

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

Tuesday, June 8, 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

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:30 p.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

Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

  • Kean University in Union
  • Drive-up only
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce.

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.

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

“Despite the gradual re-opening and lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, 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 and CMC Foods for their continued partnership.”

It is recommended that residents picking up food at the walk-up events in Elizabeth and Plainfield wear masks or 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 in Union.

All drive-up recipients must remain in their cars with windows rolled up when possible. 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.

These events will run in compliance with current state COVID-19 executive orders regarding safety 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 CMC Foods, visit: https://cmcfoodsus.com/.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, 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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