Essex County, NJ – Essex County’s Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and Essex County’s Board of County Commissioners will host an event Thursday, April 8, at Donald M. Payne, Essex County’s Senior School of Technology, Newark Host emergency food distribution to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The 500 boxes of groceries to be distributed are intended to benefit families who have become unemployed and cannot afford groceries. The residents receive a box of non-perishable food.

It will be held as follows:

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Essex County Donald M. Payne, Senior School of Technology

498-544 West Market Street, Newark

Enter South 11th Street at the end of the school on Gould Avenue

It is held RAIN or SHINE.

“The coronavirus has forced enormous numbers of people out of work and food insecurity among residents who now have limited or no income. We are excited to present this emergency food distribution event to help those in need of urgent assistance, ”said DiVincenzo. “The coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for all of us. We hope this emergency food distribution will help the families who are struggling, ”he said, adding that additional emergency food distribution events are planned weekly.

“The Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event held at Branch Brook Park last year was a huge success. We were able to distribute over 2,000 boxes of food to residents in need. Our goal is to replicate this success in different cities in Essex County and to give all of our residents the opportunity to get food in a location that is in close proximity to their community. I thank the county council for implementing this plan and encourage all residents in need to get involved over the next several months, ”said Wayne Richardson, president of the county commissioner.

Residents driving to the site should enter South 11th Street on Gould Avenue. Left turns from Gould Avenue to South 11th Street are not permitted. Residents waiting to enter the property should line up along Sussex Avenue / Gould Avenue before turning right on South 11th Street. Residents driving to the construction site should stay in their vehicles with the windows up and open their suitcases when they reach the distribution point.

Residents going to the construction site should come to a walk-through location on the sidewalk in front of Payne School on 9th Avenue. Residents going to the construction site must wear a face mask / covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents who go to the construction site bring a cart. The boxes weigh about 40 pounds.

Residents driving or walking are asked not to arrive at the location until 8:00 a.m. This is done to allow normal traffic flow through the area and to prevent traffic safety from occurring.

The non-perishable item box contains enough groceries to hold around 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable 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.

Volunteers put an emergency grocery box in each vehicle or inspection.

Buses are not allowed to enter.