Nearly six months have passed since New Jersey restaurants have been allowed to serve diners indoors at 25% capacity, a mandate which changed Friday at 6 a.m.
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The Union County freeholders announced another emergency drive-up food distribution to aid county residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In coordination with Village Super Market, the first-come, first-served distribution will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 in Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield. Residents should use the Park Avenue entrance. The event will take place rain or shine and no registration is required.
Feeding America projects a 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey as a result of COVID-19, which equates to an additional 432,000 residents. This rate is higher than the national average of 46% and greater than any of New Jersey’s neighboring states. In the county, the projected food insecurity rate has risen from 8.2 to 12.9%, the freeholder board said in a statement.
“Despite the progress being made, food insecurity remains a major concern among many families,” Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella said in the statement.
“We continue to work to provide our residents with the necessary resources to support them during this time as they face unprecedented levels of unemployment, housing issues, and food insecurity,” Freeholder Sergio Granados, liaison to the County Human Services Advisory Board, said in the statement. “We thank the Village Super Market and volunteers involved in coordinating this effort.”
Residents who wish to pick up food must arrive in a car. Walk-ups will not be accommodated.
Upon arrival, each driver will have to provide proof of New Jersey residency and indicate how many people reside in their household. Recipients will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Only one box of food will be provided per vehicle.
The event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All recipients must always remain in their cars with windows rolled up, otherwise, masks are required. Food boxes will be placed in the trunk or truck bed of the vehicle by volunteers.
For questions and more information, call the County Department of Human Services Director’s Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288. To learn more about Village Super Market, visit myvillagesupermarket.com/.
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