June 4 Set for Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event


Event is Thursday, June 4th at Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange

Essex County, NJ – One thousand boxes of food will be distributed Thursday, June 4that Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The program is meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

Time:              10 a.m.

Place:             Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex

                        Essex County Codey Arena

560 Northfield Avenue

West Orange, NJ

It will be held RAIN or SHINE.

“The Coronavirus has created uncertainty and unforeseen challenges for us all. We hope this emergency food distribution helps those families who are struggling,” said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, adding that additional emergency food distribution events will be scheduled on a weekly basis.

Residents who want to take advantage of this free giveaway must 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. In addition, residents are asked not to arrive to the site until 8 a.m. Vehicles that arrive before 8 a.m. will be asked to leave. This is being done to allow for normal traffic flow through the area and prevent any traffic back-ups from being created.

The emergency food boxes contain 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.

The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. When residents arrive at the site, they are being asked to keep their windows rolled up and to open their trunk. Volunteers will place one emergency food box into each vehicle.

This event will only provide boxes to cars. Buses will not be allowed to enter. In addition, people walking to the site cannot be assisted.