Essex County will hold an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, May 28th (10 a.m.) at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are 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,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said, 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 enter Washington Street via Elm Street. Left turns from Elm Street onto Washington Street will not be allowed. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Elm Street/Orange Road before turning right onto Washington Street. In addition, residents are asked to not 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.