We are in the midst of a Passover/Easter season that resembles nothing we have ever experienced. In the spirit of these holidays whose themes are renewal and hope, I am resharing a list of local-area food banks that are experiencing overwhelming demand plus some of the region’s charitable nonprofits focused on providing COVID-19 relief to those in need.
As you may already know, Governor Murphy has extended the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey for at least another 30 days. State and county parks, as well as many municipal parks, are now closed. Employees and customers of essential stores, such as supermarkets, must wear masks or face coverings, and all essential retail must limit the number of customers to 50 percent of their approved capacity. Finally, the June primary election has been delayed to July 7 for President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and state, county and municipal elections.
And a reminder: If you do not feel well or believe you or a family member has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider or call the NJ COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222. The website,
https://covid19.nj.gov remains the most up-to-date list of resources and guidance.
If you need anything, my staff and I are available and more than happy to assist. You can find copies of my lists at:
Please do everything you can to take care of those around you, including yourself.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
16th Legislative District
The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey
The American Red Cross New Jersey Region - Central New Jersey serves Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. During the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Red Cross has several blood drives coming up to address the urgent need for blood and plasma.
Flemington Area Food Pantry
154 Route 31 North, Flemington, 08822 (across the parking lot from the front of the Flemington WalMart)
Food Bank Network of Somerset
Building 9-E, Easy Street, Bridgewater, 08807
Hillsborough Food Bank
The Peter J. Biondi Building, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 08844
Montgomery Township Food Bank
Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman, 08558
McFoods of Middlesex County
(732) 745-5548 or (609) 409-5033
28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick, 08816
South Brunswick Township Food Bank
(732) 329-4000, ext. 7674
Municipal Building, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 08852
(formerly Crisis Ministry of Mercer County)
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 08540 (Nassau Presbyterian Church)
Mercer Street Friends
151 Mercer Street, Trenton, 08611
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
72 Escher Street, Trenton, 08609
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 RELIEF
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF)
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy created the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a charitable nonprofit that is marshaling resources to identify critical needs to fight COVID-19’s impact on the state’s most vulnerable communities.
United Way of Central Jersey COVID-19 Recovery Fund
Working with its community partners, the United Way of Central Jersey's COVID-19 Recovery Fund is assisting individuals and families affected by COVID-19 with crucial basic expenses including rent, utilities, prescription medication/ medical supplies, child care and food.
HomeFront, providing a network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County, meets the immediate needs of food, shelter and safety and longer term needs of literacy, education, and employment for children and parents. HomeFront thus far has spent more than $25,000 in unanticipated and unbudgeted expenses related to preparations for COVID-19.
SHIP -- Samaritan Homeless Interim Program
SHIP responds to the needs of the poor and working poor in Somerset County and surrounding regions. Clients include those who suffer from homelessness or “being near homeless.” Many are hungry or suffer from substance abuse dependency, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, or neglect and isolation. COVID-19 has greatly increased the demand for services, as well as the challenges related to providing those services, such as serving a “to go” Easter meal.
Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF). COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund
The PACF helps nonprofits throughout Central Jersey continue to provide their services to those in the community who are in need of support.