Kean University hosts Thanksgiving meal giveaway for Union County residents
Long lines of cars stretched for miles outside of Kean University Saturday as people waited to get a Thanksgiving meal.
It comes as the coronavirus pandemic has left millions around the country unemployed and struggling to get food.
A total of 2,500 turkeys and other Thanksgiving favorites were given out to those who showed up for Saturday's giveaway.
According to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 1.2 million New Jersey residents are food insecure.
The event was organized by Kean University, Union County and the Community Food Bank.
Organizers say they have donated a million meals over the last six months.
The Community Food Bank distributes 2,500 meals almost every Saturday and gift cards are given once meals run out.
They say food insecurity in the Garden State is projected to increase by 56% as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is nothing we've ever experienced before," says President and CEO of the Community Food Bank Carlos Rodriguez. "People are hurting though and they're so thankful that we're doing this."
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey expects to provide 35,000 free turkeys and roasters statewide, which is about 10,000 more than last year.
To find your local pantry, you can text Find Food to 908-224-7776. Spanish speakers can text Comida to the same number.