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United Way of Greater Newark Partners with Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Salvation Army to Meet Critical Food Needs

United Way of Greater Newark Partners with Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Salvation Army to Meet Critical Food Needs

Friday, April 24, 2020

Catherine Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Newark (UWGN) announced the organization is partnering with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) and the Salvation Army to facilitate food distribution efforts in Newark and meet local food needs during the COVID-19 crisis. This coordination is part of the larger Community COVID-19 Fund providing critical aid to address individual, public health, non-profit and long-term recovery needs.

To meet local food needs, UWGN is accepting intake forms from food pantries and other nonprofit organizations that do not traditionally provide food assistance but have volunteered to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this form, organizations can request food and/or request support for deliveries. Once the intake form is received, UWGN will collaborate with the CFBNJ and the Salvation Army to meet the requests. Currently, 27 organizations are participating with this food distribution effort. If you are a food pantry and/or organization currently operating in Newark, NJ, fill out this form.

“Food insecurity is a widespread problem that, unfortunately, existed long before the coronavirus pandemic. However, this crisis has shed light on just how stark the problem really is,” said Wilson. “It’s been amazing to see many organizations who do not normally distribute food volunteer to help with food distribution in our community, and we are grateful to those organizations as well as our partners for their commitment to supporting Newark residents during this difficult time.”