Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2021

 “Grab & Go” Lunch Returns for Union County Seniors

The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that box-lunch meals for pick-up will once again be available to seniors through the “Grab & Go” nutrition program. A voluntary donation of $1.75 is suggested for each meal.

The program had been suspended temporarily after Tropical Storm Ida struck the area last month.

“On behalf of the Commissioner Board, I would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to get this popular program back on its feet after the storm,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We developed Grab & Go to provide seniors with a contact-free meal option during the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then it has become a mainstay of our nutrition services for seniors.”

The Grab & Go program is administered by the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection in the Department of Human Services. It is offered to Union County residents age 60 and up, who are not receiving home delivered meals from Meals on Wheels.

The program is available through 19 local senior centers and senior housing sites throughout Union County.

Eligible seniors can come to any of these sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of approximately 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. to pick up a lunch.  No reservations are required. Meals will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis due to limited supplies. 

Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing maintained, in order to pick up a lunch.

Any eligible senior can use the Grab and Go program at any of the following senior centers:

  • Ann Ferguson Towers, 1601 Dill Ave., Linden
  • Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut St., Roselle Park
  • Cranford Lincoln Apartments, 800 Lincoln Ave., Cranford
  • Ehrhart Gardens, 100 Francis St., Union
  • Farley Towers, 33 Cherry St., Elizabeth
  • Gregorio Recreation Center—330 Helen St., Linden
  • Hillside Senior Center—265 Hollywood Ave., Hillside
  • JFK Senior Apartments, 250 W. Grand Ave., Rahway
  • Kenilworth Senior Center—526 Boulevard, Kenilworth
  • Liberty Square Senior Center—204 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth
  • O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center—622 Salem Ave., Elizabeth
  • Plainfield Senior Center—400 E. Front St., Plainfield
  • Roselle Community Center—1268 Shafer Ave., Roselle
  • Schaefer Gardens, 35 Summer Ave., Union
  • Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, 820 Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains
  • Stephen Sampson Center, 800 Anna St., Elizabeth
  • Union Senior Center—968 Bonnel Ct., Union
  • Westfield Community Center—558 W. Broad St., Westfield
  • Winfield Community Center—25 Roosevelt Dr., Winfield Park

The Grab and Go program is designed to allow for safe social distancing to protect against transmission of COVID-19, while continuing to provide healthy meals for Union County’s aging population. Each meal meets one-third of the daily nutritional requirements of an adult aged 60 or older. 

For more information about Grab & Go, and other programs for seniors in Union County, call the Division on Aging at 908-527-4870 or 908-527-4877, or visit ucnj.org/aging and use the online contact form.

The Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection is federally recognized as the Area Agency on Aging for Union County. The nationwide Area Agency on Aging “on-the-ground” model was established under the 1973 Older Americans Act, with the goal of helping seniors live independently, and with dignity, in their communities.

As an Area Agency on Aging, the Division on Aging is authorized to issue contracts for senior service providers including health aide/homemakers, nurse visits, social work visits, hospice, home delivered meals, kosher home delivered meals, congregate nutrition, caregiver services, legal services, information & assistance, social/medical adult day services, residential maintenance, emergency energy assistance, telephone reassurance, grocery shopping, transportation, grandparents raising grandchildren, and much more.

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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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