NEWARK, NJ – UPDATE: Due to weather forecasts, the event scheduled for Tuesday, December 22nd, has been relocated to the Essex County’s Hall of Records complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market Street. Our original article follows below.

Essex County will host two special emergency food distribution events in Newark to help families affected by the coronavirus.

District officials said people will be given a crate of water with their emergency food box during the event on Thursday, December 17. On Tuesday, December 22nd, people will be given a special holiday food box and frozen turkey.

The events are designed to benefit families who have become unemployed and cannot afford to eat.

They take place as follows:

Thursday 17th December 2020

  • 9 am
  • Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Brook Drive Branch between Mills Street and Heller Parkway, Newark

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

  • 9 am
  • Essex County Weequahic Park, use the Meeker Avenue entrance in Newark

“The coronavirus has forced enormous numbers of people out of work, creating food insecurity for residents who now have limited or no income,” said Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., executive of Essex County.

“We hope this emergency food distribution helps the families who are struggling,” DiVincenzo said, adding that additional emergency food distribution events are scheduled weekly.

“Unfortunately, in recent months there has been an increasing number of Essex Counties who need help to provide food for their families,” said Brendan Gill, president of the Essex County Board of Commissioners.

“I take great pride in serving our residents and I hope that the upcoming food distribution events will help more of Essex County’s residents in need,” said Gill.

Commissioner Vice President Wayne Richardson said the giveaway event, held at Branch Brook Park in late April, was a huge success.

“We were able to distribute over 2,000 boxes of groceries to residents in need,” said Richardson. “Our goal is to replicate this success in cities across Essex County and to enable all of our residents to get groceries in a location that is very close to their community.”

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 50 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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