Essex County will hold a special Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Event on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. Nearly 3,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food will distributed at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Essex County Branch Brook Park at 9 a.m. The program is meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food.

Residents driving to Branch Brook Park should enter the park via the Heller Parkway entrance or more southern entrances. Cars entering from Mill Street or other northern entrances will not be allowed to make a left turn into the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center parking lot.

Residents walking to the site should come to a walk-up location in the Cherry Blossom Center parking lot. Residents walking to the site must wear a face mask/covering and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring a cart.

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.

Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle's trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site.