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COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution for Union County Residents, March 26 and April 9 (updated with new location)

Union County, NJ – March 22, 2022 — The Union County Board of County Commissioners informs residents of two upcoming emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in March and April, to aid those affected by COVID-19. Any Union County resident in need can use any of these events.

Please note that the location of the March 26 event was originally scheduled to be held in Plainfield at Gerald B. Green Plaza. The event location has been changed to Cedar Brook Park, at Park Drive in Plainfield.

Saturday, March 26

  • 11:00 a.m. – Cedar Brook Park, main parking lot
  • Walk-up (please bring a cart or other conveyance for food)

Saturday, April 9 – Holiday Distribution

  • 8:00 a.m. – KEAN University in Union
  • Drive-thru (please leave an open space in trunk or cargo area for food)

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 is proud to continue to provide assistance for those experiencing difficulties and we recognize that our food distributions have been a valuable resource for residents in need over the past two years,” said Union County Commissioner, Chair Rebecca Williams.

“Residents continue to experience food insecurity due to economic effects of COVID-19, despite the enormous progress made thus far,” 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.”

Residents picking up food at the walk-up event in Plainfield are highly encouraged to wear masks. Walk-up participants 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 event at Kean University must arrive in a vehicle. Walk-ups will not be accommodated at this location.

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.

To learn more about Village Super Market, visit myvillagesupermarket.com.

To learn more about Gargiulo Produce, visit gargiuloproduce.com.

For 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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