Essex County Emergency Meals Distribution Occasion

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Board of Directors, West County Mayor Robert Parisi, City Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will meet families on Thursday April 29th at Colgate Park in West Orange to help those who have been negatively affected by the pandemic. The 1,000 boxes of food that are being distributed are intended to benefit families facing food insecurity.

It will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday April 29, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Colgate Park
60½ Cherry Street
West Orange, NJ

It is held RAIN or SHINE.

Residents wishing to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the parking lot through a right turn off Cherry Street. Left turns off Cherry Street are not allowed. Residents waiting to enter the property should line up along Main Street and Harrison Avenue before turning right on Cherry Street. In addition, residents are asked not to arrive at the site until 8 a.m. Vehicles arriving before 8 a.m. are asked to leave the premises. This is done to allow normal traffic flow through the area and to prevent traffic safety from being established.

The emergency food boxes will be distributed according to availability. When residents arrive at the site by car, they are asked to keep the windows up and open the trunk. Volunteers put an emergency grocery box in each vehicle. Residents who go to the construction site must wear face covering. Residents who go to the construction site receive a box.

The emergency food boxes contain enough food to provide around 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable foods such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, long-life milk and canned vegetables, chilli, soup, and ravioli. Items may vary based on availability. Each box weighs approximately 35 pounds. Residents who go to the construction site are asked to bring their own car to carry the box home.

Buses are not allowed to enter.

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