New Jersey Residents Line Up for Emergency Food Distribution

Cars lined up on Thursday, July 23, at an emergency drive-thru food distribution center operating on a New Jersey college campus to help people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort, which local media said was sponsored and coordinated by Union County and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, operated on a first-come, first-serve basis and no registration was required. The food was provided by Stop & Shop and local New Jersey farmers, reports said.

1010 WINS reporter Glenn Schuck shared this video from Kean University in Union, where cars were lined up to receive emergency food on the college campus. “The crisis in Jersey during pandemic is staggering,” Schuck wrote in a tweet.

According to local media, five tons of food were distributed on Thursday. Volunteers handed out 2,000 packages of perishable and non-perishable food items

As of July 23, New Jersey had reported 177,887 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic and 13,810 deaths. Feeding America projected a 56 percent increase in food insecurity among New Jersey residents as a result of the coronavirus, reports said. Credit: Glenn Schuck via Storyful