Newark’s food aid program and the school district’s breakfast and lunch program have delivered nearly 2 million meals to city residents since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced Tuesday.

The city has delivered 1,063,213 meals while Newark Public Schools have delivered nearly 1 million meals to Newark Housing Authority residents, seniors, residents with no address and the homeless in shelters and shelters, Baraka said.

“I am very proud of our collective efforts to provide food for all children and their families during these uncertain times,” said Roger León, superintendent of the Newark Schools, in a statement. “Working with the Mayor and the City of Newark, we have made great strides in caring for the children and all of our residents.”

More than 5,272 ShopRite gift cards were also issued to these residents, Baraka said.

A large number of partners, including Hello Fresh Table to Table, and volunteers are making sure that both the food distribution and gift card programs work, the mayor said.

“We have a moral obligation in these difficult times to do everything we can to support our community,” Baraka said in a statement. “This would not have been possible without the collaboration of our incredible partners, who have no hesitation in stepping up to provide relief to those in need. This is what the City of Newark is doing in these times, we come together for the common good. That’s what it means to be Newark Strong. “

Residents in need of groceries can apply to be added to the distribution list on Wednesday by contacting the mayor’s office at 973-733-3274 or 973-344-3942, or by sending a message through the city’s Facebook page .

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Chris Sheldon can be reached at [email protected]