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United Community Corporation to Host ‘Friendsgiving’ for Newark Residents

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Newark

By: Yurtiza Arroyo

United Community Corporation wants to ensure that no Newark resident goes hungry this holiday season when many families face obstacles in putting a meal on their table. 

According to officials, to combat hunger and reach out to underserved community members this holiday season, UCC will be giving out turkeys and chickens (while supplies last) at its “Friendsgiving” event on Monday, Nov. 21, at West Side Park Football Field, located at the intersection of South 13th St. and 18th Avenue.

Officials say, the event, which will be held on the football field from noon - 4 p.m., is aimed to reach more than 400 community members.

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“Food Distribution events really hit home for me, especially during the holiday season,” UCC Executive Director Craig Mainor said.

“Providing these groceries for many is the difference between something just to hold the family over or something that can bring the family together.”

After last year’s Friendsgiving event at West Side Park reached more than 800 community members, UCC is committed to providing as many resources as possible to residents at this year’s event.

Alongside handing out turkeys and chickens, this year’s Friendsgiving will feature a produce distribution (while supplies last), guest speakers, music, and more.

This year’s Friendsgiving aims to do more than put food on people's tables.

While the holidays can be a time to rejoice and connect with loved ones, it can also be challenging for those impacted by mental illness and grief.

In fact, 64% of people with mental illness reported that the holidays make their conditions worse, according to a report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In response, UCC will be providing mental health vendors at the event.

While community members are invited to come out and celebrate Friendsgiving, UCC welcomes additional partners and vendors to team up for the event.

For more information, email info@uccnewark.org or call UCC Assistant Director of Community Engagement Tom Wiedmann at 973-642-0181 (Ext. 5448).