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Union County to Hold COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions in October — Event Rescheduled to Oct. 31

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COVID-19 Vaccinations as well as Saliva Testing to be offered drive-up at events in Union, and walk-up event in Plainfield

Please note, the October 30 event has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 31 due to inclement weather.

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

These will include:

Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • 8:00 a.m. – Kean University in Union
  • Drive-Up
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Supermarkets, Gargiulo Produce and CMC Foods

Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. – Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield
  • Walk-up
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Supermarket and Gargiulo Produce and CMC Foods
[rescheduled from October 30 to Sunday, October 31]
  • 8:00 a.m. – Kean University in Union
  • Drive-Up
  • Coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Supermarkets, Gargiulo Produce and CMC Foods

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.

“Residents continue to look for assistance from the ongoing food distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to provide this valuable resource as well as an opportunity for residents to get vaccinated,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“We are making progress in the fight against COVID-19 and emerging variants but our residents continue to face housing issues, food insecurity and unemployment,” 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 in these efforts.”

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at all listed events. Johnson & Johnson (for those 18 years or older) and Pfizer (12 years or older) vaccines will be offered. Appointments are recommended. Residents can register for vaccines by calling (908) 613-7829 or visiting  Along with vaccinations, COVID-19 saliva tests will be available as well on a walk-up basis.

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.

Masks are required for residents picking up food at the walk-up event in Plainfield Walk-up recipients should bring a cart or be able to carry several food bags at the walk-up area.

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.

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:

To learn more about Gargiulo Produce, visit:

To learn more about CMC Foods, visit:

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at

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