NEWARK, NJ – Essex County officials will be heard on Thursday, April 3rd.

County officials say the event will take place at 9 a.m. on the soccer field side of West Side Park on South 13th Street in Newark.

The combination of the two initiatives will help families struggling financially amid the coronavirus and hopefully also encourage residents to get vaccinated against the disease, officials said.

Local residents who come to the event are not required to participate in both activities.

Here’s how it will work, officials said:

“Residents can enter the event area by turning on South 13th Street on 16th Avenue. Only right turns on South 13th Street off 16th Avenue are permitted. Residents waiting to enter the property should walk along on 16th Avenue around the park. Residents entering the grounds should reach the park entrance on South 13th Street. Residents entering the grounds must wear a face mask / cover and follow social distancing guidelines. Those who drive or walk are asked not to arrive at the site before 8 a.m. This is to allow normal traffic flow through the area and to prevent traffic jams. Buses are not allowed to enter. “

District officials added:

“Residents can choose which activity they want to participate in. Residents can get an emergency food box without getting vaccinated, and they can get vaccinated even if they don’t want the food box 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. Emergency Only The grocery box is placed in the trunk of a vehicle or each Resident going to the site is recommended that residents going to the site bring a cart; the boxes weigh about 40 pounds. “

“Our emergency food distribution program and COVID-19 mobile vaccination unit have successfully served the community during the pandemic,” said Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., executive of Essex County.

“Bringing these two events together will give you much-needed services to those who need them most,” he added.

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