March 23, 2020, Englewood, New Jersey— While much of Bergen County is staying home to help “flatten the curve,” Center for Food Action is preparing for this week’s food distribution to area families and individuals in need. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and CFA donors are helping to make this possible.

“We are so grateful to our partner agency the Community Food Bank of New Jersey,” said Patricia Espy, CFA Executive Director, “the boxes will be distributed by appointment to low-income families and individuals throughout Bergen County at a time when they need it the most.

CFA has been providing emergency food assistance for forty-four years and has always relied upon the support of our volunteers and the community. In response to the Coronavirus, CFA has created a new distribution plan, which drastically reduces personal contact. Three of the organization’s six pantries will be open this week, with reduced hours, to provide emergency food to hundreds of families.

“Our goal was to develop what we think is a reasonable immediate response to the crisis, which will, hopefully, provide as much protection as possible for employees, volunteers, and clients while focusing our efforts on providing emergency food to those in need.  We anticipate the number of people will increase as more people find themselves working reduced hours or out of work, and if working needing to cover additional childcare costs since schools are closed.”

CFA is among several essential services that remain open as part of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response.

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