Burlington County will distribute free groceries, COVID-19 home test kits during Saturday’s food distribution event

Burlington County will distribute free groceries, COVID-19 home test kits during Saturday’s food distribution event

Burlington County will distribute free groceries, COVID-19 home test kits during Saturday’s food distribution event

WESTAMPTON – Burlington County will offer free COVID-19 home test kits with groceries during this weekend’s food distribution event.

The food distribution event will be held on Saturday, April 23 in the parking lot behind BCIT, 695 Woodlane Road, Westampton from noon. 10.00 to kl. Families in need will be able to pick up free boxes of groceries and information on utilities. During the event, the county staff will distribute free COVID test kits to the home on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

The test kits were donated to the Burlington County Health Department by the Amazon Fulfillment Centers and will also be distributed at the Burlington County Bring Health Home Fair on Friday.

“We have made incredible progress in our fight against COVID-19 and food insecurity, but we know that the virus is still present and circulating and that some families are still struggling to afford food,” said Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson. , the board’s contact person. to the National Board of Health and the Department of Human Services. “We continue to provide monthly food assistance to those in need, and we also offer them free test kits as an extra layer of protection for vulnerable residents who might otherwise have difficulty accessing tests.”

Dr. Herb Conaway, director of the Burlington County Health Department, said the home test kits would also be distributed to homeless residents and to organizations that house and help the homeless.

“We are beginning to see an increase in local COVID cases, so we are distributing these home test kits to individuals and families who want them in the hopes that it can help protect them and protect against further spread,” Conaway said. “The kits can be used if someone develops symptoms, has a close exposure to a person with COVID, or who plans to spend time indoors with a person who may be at high risk if they should be affected by coronavirus. We want that all our residents must have all possible protection, including those families who are struggling financially. ”

Burlington County has been distributing groceries and other food to families in need since the pandemic began. To date, more than 14,000 residents of Burlington County have been helped by the program.

State Sen. Troy Singleton, who has volunteered at several of the monthly food events, praised the county’s ongoing efforts to provide resources to families in need.

“Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burlington County has provided resources and assistance that local families desperately needed, including testing, vaccines, and food aid,” Singleton said. “Even now that we are moving forward and learning to live with the virus, we know that some families continue to face financial difficulties, so it is gratifying to see that the county continues to be responsive and provide assistance to those who are most vulnerable. “

During Saturday’s event, the Food Bank of South Jersey and volunteers from social services will also help enroll individuals and families who may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

More than 700,000 residents of New Jersey currently receive SNAP benefits, or about 8% of the state’s population. However, many eligible families end up giving up the aid because they do not apply for it.

“It’s unacceptable for any child, adult or senior to go hungry or have to choose between adequate nutritious food and other necessities,” Hopson said. “We have seen how our county’s monthly food distribution events can make a difference for families who are still struggling, but we are also committed to helping those eligible for SNAP benefits and assistance from this program.”

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