NEWARK, NJ – Essex County will host a special spring emergency food distribution event to help families negatively affected by the coronavirus. On Thursday, April 1, at 9:00 am, 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food will be distributed at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Branch Brook Park, Newark. The program is designed to benefit families who have become unemployed and are unable to afford food.

“The coronavirus has forced enormous numbers of people out of work, creating food insecurity for residents who now have limited or no income. We are excited to present this emergency food distribution event to help those in need, ”said Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., executive of Essex County, adding that the county continues to hold weekly food distribution events in locations across the county will hold. “The coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for all of us. We hope this emergency food distribution will help families who are in trouble. “

“The Essex County Emergency Food Distribution event held at Branch Brook Park last year was a huge success. We were able to distribute over 2,000 boxes of food to residents in need. Our goal is to replicate this success in different cities in Essex County and to give all of our residents the opportunity to get food in a location that is in close proximity to their community. I thank the county council for implementing this plan and encourage all residents in need to participate over the next few months, ”said Commissioner President Wayne Richardson.

Residents traveling to Branch Brook Park should enter the park through the Heller Parkway entrance or more southerly entrances. Cars entering from Mill Street or other north entrances are not allowed to turn left into the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center parking lot.

Residents walking to the construction site should come to a walk-in location at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Residents going to the construction site must wear a face mask / covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents who go to the construction site bring a cart.

Residents who drive or walk are asked not to arrive at the site until 8 a.m. This is done to allow normal traffic flow through the area and to prevent traffic safety from being created.

The residents receive a frozen turkey and an emergency food box. Only an emergency grocery box is placed in the trunk of a vehicle or given to any resident who goes to the construction site.

Buses are not allowed to enter.