An emergency food distribution event will be held on Thursday May 13 at 9 a.m., rain or shine, in Glenfield Park to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, hosted by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, is meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food.

"The coronavirus has forced an enormous amount of people out of work and created food insecurity among residents who now have limited income or no income at all. We are pleased to present this emergency food distribution event to help those who are in dire need," DiVincenzo said. "The coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for us all. We hope this emergency food distribution helps those families who are struggling."

Additional emergency food distribution events will be scheduled on a weekly basis.

At the event, 500 boxes of food will be distributed, each with enough food to provide about 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable food such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable milk and canned vegetables, chili, soup and ravioli.

Items may vary based upon their availability. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle's trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site.

Residents driving to the site should line up along the eastern side of Maple Avenue, heading toward Bloomfield Avenue. Residents walking to the distribution should line up along Maple Avenue. Residents walking to the site must wear face masks or coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring carts; the boxes weigh about 40 pounds.

Residents who are driving or walking are asked to not arrive to the site until 8 a.m. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

Buses will not be allowed to enter.

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(Evento de distribución de alimentos de emergencia se llevará acabo el Jueves 13 de Mayo a las 9 a.m en el parque Glenfield. / Photo Credit: Essex County)
(Evento de distribución de alimentos de emergencia se llevará acabo el Jueves 13 de Mayo a las 9 a.m en el parque Glenfield. / Photo Credit: Essex County)
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