An emergency food distribution and COVID-19 vaccination will be held at Essex County’s West Side Park in Newark on Thursday June 10th.

The combination of the two initiatives aims to help families negatively affected by the coronavirus and hopefully encourage residents to get vaccinated. Local residents who come to the event are not required to participate in both activities. This event was postponed from the beginning of the month due to the bad weather. It takes place at 9 a.m. in Essex County’s West Side Park, South 13th St., Newark.

“Our food distribution emergency program and the COVID-19 mobile vaccination unit have successfully served the community during the pandemic. The food distribution helped provide nutritious nourishment to residents during this crisis and the mobile unit made it extremely easy for residents to get their vaccinations, ”said Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., executive of Essex County. “Bringing these two events together will bring a lot – needed services to those who need them most,” he added.

Residents can enter the event area by turning onto South 13th Street from 16th Avenue. Only right turns into South 13th Street are permitted from 16th Avenue. Local residents waiting to enter the property should line up along 16th Avenue around the park. Residents walking to the site should reach the park entrance on South 13th Street. Residents walking to the property must wear a face mask / cover and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Residents who are traveling by car or on foot are asked not to enter the premises before 8:00 a.m.

Residents can get an emergency food box without getting vaccinated, and they can get vaccinated even if they don’t want the food box. No appointments are required for a vaccination. The emergency food boxes contain enough food for around 40 meals. They are made from a variety of long-life foods such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, long-life milk and canned vegetables, chilli, soup, and ravioli. Items may vary based on availability. Only an emergency meal box is placed in the trunk of a vehicle or given to each resident who goes to the scene. It is recommended that residents going to the site bring a cart; the boxes weigh about 40 pounds.