Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2021

Emergency Food Distribution Event for Union County Residents in Need, July 31

Drive-through event provides nutrition assistance for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union County, NJ – Union County’s ongoing series of emergency food distribution events continues on Saturday, July 31 with a drive-through event at the Kean University campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union County. The event begins at 8:00 a.m.

The food distribution events 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 take place rain or shine.

“Emergency food distribution continues to be a lifeline for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and summer can be especially challenging for families that rely on nutrition assistance during the school year. We will continue providing this resource to those in our community who need a helping hand,” 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 and CMC Foods for their continued partnership.”

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 this event.

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.

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.

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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