Essex County will host two Thanksgiving emergency food distribution events on Thursday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The county said in an announcement 1,500 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food will be distributed at each event. The program is meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food.

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

The Nov. 18 event will be held at the Codey Arena at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, located at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, starting at 9 a.m. Residents driving to Codey Arena should use the western entrance to the parking lot that is across the street from the BP gasoline station. Left turns from Northfield Avenue into the parking lot will not be allowed. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Cherry Lane before turning right onto Northfield Avenue. Residents walking to the site should come to the eastern end of the commuter parking deck. 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. 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 backups from being created.

The Nov. 23 event will be located at at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center at Essex County Branch Brook Park, located on Heller Parkway in Newark, starting at 9 a.m. 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 masks or covers and follow social distancing guidelines. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring carts. 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 backups from being created.

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