County Sets Thanksgiving Food Distribution


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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and RWJBarnabas Health will present a Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families facing food insecurity or impacted by inflation and rising food costs. There will be 1,000 frozen turkeys and boxes of non-perishable food available on a first-come first-served basis.

It will be held on Thursday, November 16, at 9 a.m. at the Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.

Residents driving to Codey Arena should 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.

Residents walking to the site should come to the eastern end of the commuter parking deck. It is recommended that residents walking to the site bring a cart.

Residents will receive a frozen turkey and an emergency food box that contains food items served during a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Only one emergency food box will be placed into a vehicle’s trunk or given to each resident who walks to the site. Please print and fill out the form on the second page of this site first.

During the pandemic, Essex County hosted over 60 food distribution events at sites throughout the county. It is estimated that over three million meals were distributed during those events.

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