As many as two-thousand cars expected to attend as hunger remains an issue for many in new jersey as a result of covid-19

Union County residents facing hunger will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items provided by Community FoodBank of New Jersey and fresh, local produce from Stop & Shop as the two organizations will partner on Thursday to help those in need as a result of Covid-19.  Stop & Shop will distribute five tons of local produce at this event to ensure families also have access to fresh food. The local produce will include locally harvested items such as eggplant, corn, cabbage, peppers and cucumbers.

The distribution will take place from 9am-1:00PM on Thursday, July 23rd at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, in Union, in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.

Feeding America projects a dramatic increase in hunger in New Jersey:

  • 56% increase in food insecurity throughout New Jersey a result of COVID-19–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 Union County, the projected food insecurity rate has risen from 8.2% to 12.9%.
  • The increase in child hunger in New Jersey is particularly startling–the rate has risen 75% due to COVID-19 (up to 1 in 5 children from 1 in 9).
  • In Union County, the child food insecurity rate has nearly doubled – 18.4% from a pre-pandemic level of 10.2%.

What: As many as two thousand cars are expected to attend when the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Stop & Shop hand out non-perishables and local produce to benefit Union County residents facing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic

When:  9am-1:00PM on Thursday, July 23rd

Where: Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, in Union, in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.