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Union County to Hold COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution [Updated: Event Postponed to February 5]

Update: due to inclement weather, the  food distribution event originally scheduled for January 26 has been postponed to Saturday, February 5.

Union County, NJ – January 12, 2022 – The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs residents that an emergency food distribution event will be held at Kean University in Union Township, for Union County residents affected by COVID-19.

(postponed to Saturday, February 5).

  • 8:00 a.m. – KEAN University in Union
  • Drive-thru

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.

“Union County has distributed over 12 million pounds of food to families in need since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Union County Commissioner, Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “Residents continue to look for assistance from the ongoing food distributions and we are proud to continue to provide this valuable resource

“We are making progress in the fight against COVID-19 and emerging variants but our residents still 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 and Gargiulo Produce for their continued partnership in these efforts.”

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

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.

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 free vaccination, free testing, 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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