NEWARK, NJ – The following press release has been kindly provided by the United Community Corporation. Learn more about posting announcements or events on your local patch site.

On Tuesday, September 29th, the United Community Corporation, the Unstoppable Girls Foundation and Walmart will join forces to serve the city of Newark and host a free food and clothing distribution event.

The event will take place in West Side Park (600 S17th Street, Newark, NJ 07103) and will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free grocery packages are available for collection by the United Community Corporation, while fall clothing for men, women and children is provided by the Unstoppable Girls Foundation and Walmart The Unstoppables Clothing Distribution.

“The United Community Corporation and Unstoppable Girls collaboration event will meet the community’s needs for not only food and clothing, but also resources for youth programs, energy billing assistance and our emergency shelter,” said Alena Minatee, United Community Corporation’s grant compliance manager . “The collaboration that Unstoppable Girls developed with Walmart has been able to meet a multitude of needs. One of them is clothing that helps families who experience lost incomes or are afraid of going to the store with groups of people during the pandemic.”

The coronavirus pandemic hit an already vulnerable Essex County hard. Prior to the pandemic, 33.81 percent, or 261,755 people in Essex County lived in households with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty rate. Essex County’s unemployment rate rose from 4.6 percent to 16.8 percent in April and has not fallen below 16.6 percent since then.
The United Community Corporation, the Unstoppable Girls Foundation and Walmart recognized the increase in people in need and took action.

“The biggest benefit of this is that it gives families and children affected by the pandemic brand new clothing and resources,” said Caryl Lucas, founder of the Unstoppable Girls Foundation. “Our goal is to improve access to those in need and empower girls to give back through volunteering and social responsibility. The Walmart partnership aims to support nonprofits like the United Community Corporation.”

United Community Corporation, currently operating in the greater Essex County area, sees this partnership as an opportunity to branch out and serve even more vulnerable communities.

“UCC has been providing clothing and food to families in need since 1964,” Minatee said. “However, this partnership enables families in not just Essex County but also other countries to benefit from our services and programs. UCC’s mission is not just to serve Essex County, but the people at large. This expansion creates one Space in which we really are fulfilling this mission. “

The United Community Corporation has been a staple in Essex County for over 50 years and has stepped up to serve the community during the pandemic.

Working with Roosevelt Community 4U and Bessie Green Community Inc., three massive food distributions have been carried out since July to serve more than 60,000 people. Last month, a backpack, school supplies and grocery event was held in partnership with several nonprofits across Newark.

UCC operates the emergency shelter on Fulton Street, which is open 24/7 during the pandemic, and the pantry on Champion Street, which serves meals from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily and provides groceries to many local churches and partners. The community’s action agency is multi-dimensional and aims to help people in all walks of life in our community with housing, rental, and energy aid programs, homelessness and foreclosure prevention programs, senior services, and youth development programs.

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