NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) – A massive New Jersey food distribution event is helping hundreds in need.
Newark has consistently tried to make sure no one goes hungry.
“The turnout was incredible,” said Chief of Staff Amiri Baraka. “I mean, we see that the need is for a great number of people, not just for Newark but for the surrounding areas as well.”
The event occurred along Elizabeth Avenue, where Newark police blocked part of the street. People drove up to get boxes of food.
This has become an important weekly effort that provides necessities and fellowship.
Baraka says the grocery business started about six months ago.
“We have 700 boxes,” she said. “We do it on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 am. It takes about an hour.”
The line was busy for that hour or so Tuesday.
The food donated ranged from chicken and corn dogs to strawberries and apples.
“We just know the importance of reaching our residents with potentially unsafe food, and it’s really difficult at this time,” said Dawn Haynes, coordinator for the Brick City Peace Collective. “It shows the camaraderie in our city and how important it is for us to take care of each other.”
The next distribution is on Wednesday in the city’s eastern district.
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