Essex County will hold another emergency distribution of food on Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell 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.
Residents who want to take advantage of this free giveaway should enter the school campus by turning right from Lane Avenue onto Woodmere Road. Left turns from Lane Avenue onto Woodmere Road will not be allowed. Residents waiting to enter the site should line up along Lane Avenue before turning right onto Woodmere Road. Vehicles should approach from Bloomfield Avenue. 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.