Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold an emergency food distribution at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 10 at the Essex County Department of Public Works, 99 West Bradford Avenue in Cedar Grove 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 are driving and want to take advantage of this giveaway should enter the parking lot off of West Bradford Avenue. Residents waiting to enter the parking lot should line up along the eastern side of Grove Avenue before turning right onto West Bradford Avenue. Left turns from West Bradford Avenue into the parking lot will not be allowed. Motorists should remain in their cars with their windows rolled up. Residents 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.
The emergency food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, rain or shine. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle’s trunk.
There is no walk-up area. Buses will not be allowed to enter.