Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, August 20th in the Bloomfield Public Library Parking Lot 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,” 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,” he said, adding that additional emergency food distribution events will be scheduled on a weekly basis.
Residents driving to the site should enter State Street from Broad Street and line up along the west side of State Street. Should the line reach Broad Street, vehicles should line up on the west side of Broad Street. No left turns will be allowed onto State Street. Residents driving to the site should stay in their vehicles with their windows rolled up and open their trunk when they reach the distribution site.
Residents walking to the site should come to the front of Bloomfield Public Library at 90 Broad Street. 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; 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.
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. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle’s trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site.
Buses will not be allowed to enter.
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 (rain or shine)
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Bloomfield Public Library Parking Lot State Street, Bloomfield