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.

United Community Corporation, Roosevelt Community 4U, and Bessie Green Community, Inc. have hosted three major food distribution events in the city of Newark, serving more than 70,000 people, since the coronavirus pandemic began to spread in New Jersey .

Despite the impact of the first three events, the trio of nonprofits recognizes the continuing need for food aid in Essex County and will hold its fourth major food distribution event on Sunday, October 18. The event will again take place in the City of Newark, this time in the parking lot of the Springfield Avenue Home Depot (399-443 Springfield Ave., Newark NJ 07103).

“United Community Corporation is here to help, and many in this community know we are here. We urge us to open our services to many other people in need. We are ready to help,” said the United Community Corporation Executive Director Craig Mainor said. “All three organizations running this event are mission-driven. The fact that we can put together successful events where people are fed, volunteers show up and the organizations work together is a testament to the spirit of the city.”

The Home Depot parking lot is the fourth location in Newark to host the event. It previously took place in West Side Park, Edison Place parking lot, and most recently on August 30th at Barringer High School. Barringer High School’s distribution looked after over 23,000 people in need.

Cars should enter the parking lot through the driveway on Bergen Street for driveway distribution. Walk-in customers are also welcome. Face covering is required for all attendees. Anyone interested in volunteering can register online.

“The Jewish nation recently celebrated the holiday of Sukkot,” said Rabbi Moshe Hezrony, founder of the Roosevelt Community 4U. “This holiday is about different people coming together. The holiday emphasizes the importance of unity among all humanity by sitting together under the roof of a makeshift hut. It is up to us to internalize the message of Sukkot and in unity Since we all have something unique, we complement each other and this unity will enable us to live in a brighter world full of goodness and kindness. “

The three nonprofits partnered with the Newark Housing Authority, Home Depot, and Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica R. McIver at this event to distribute both perishable and non-perishable food and drink to individuals and families in need.

“On behalf of the Newark Housing Authority, we are definitely excited to partner with Bessie Green Community, Inc., United Community Corporation and Roosevelt Community 4U to serve our communities in the great city of Newark,” said Newark Directors Housing Authority.

The coronavirus hit Essex County hard with over 21,000 cases – making it the second worst county in New Jersey. The county’s 1,901 deaths are the highest in the state, according to NJ.com’s coronavirus tracker. At the height of the pandemic, the unemployment rate rose from 4.60 percent in March to 16.80 percent in April and has not fallen below 13.60 percent since then.

These three organizations quickly realized the increased need for food aid and came together to serve.

“We are in the middle of a pandemic, so it is important that an event of this size takes place in areas that people can get into without putting themselves or their families at risk,” said Mainor. “The amazing thing is that there are two and sometimes more organizations that can band together to do this in multiple locations.”

Jeanette Turner, President of the Bessie Green Board of Directors, added, “The Bessie Green Community is once again providing much-needed food to those affected by COVID-19 through outreach and commitment to the residents of Newark.”

Events like this enable United Community Corporation, which has been operating in Newark since 1964, to educate customers about its various service offerings. With the aim of moving people away from dependency towards self-sufficiency, the municipal action agency is multi-dimensional and has a 24-hour emergency shelter, a pantry in which over 50,000 meals were served in August alone, housing / rental / energy aid programs and Youth development programs.

“When people come to eat, the chances are they have other needs that we could meet,” said Mainor. “If you don’t have enough money to put food on your table, chances are you won’t be able to pay your rent or your utility bill needs to be taken care of. The toss is the food, but the upside is whatever else is possible is. ” We’re here to help. “

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness of the millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that by 2020 more than 54 million Americans will not have enough nutritious foods to eat due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social patch project. Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.

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