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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice – County services are available on an appointment basis, and all services related to the Nov 3 General Election are available on a walk-in basis.

 
​​Alert: During this unprecedented health crisis many more Middlesex County residents are in need of food assistance.  With schools closed, senior centers closed and many businesses closing or reducing hours children and seniors are without meals and working families are without paychecks and do not have funds to stock up on supplies.

 

MCFOODS is doing our best to provide extra supplies to our partners but we need your help.   Any and all food donations are welcome – our staff is still available to provide containers and pick up donations and we are also accepting donations at our warehouse on weekday mornings.  Donations can be dropped off at 28 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 850, East Brunswick (side door towards the back or bay door around the back of the building) between 6 am and 12 noon. 

 

Through our partnership with Feeding Middlesex County we are also buying supplies from local distributors.  Monetary donations to https://www.feedingmiddlesexcounty.org/ will also allow us to keep our shelves stocked.

 

MCFOODS is taking every precaution for our staff and volunteers to keep a safe working distance and clean work surfaces.  Our partner pantries are still open and distributing to residents in need, many taking precautions like providing drive up service or limiting the number of guests in at any given time.  A complete list of pantries with days/hours of operation and special procedures can be found here​.  We are all committed to doing what we can to remain safe, healthy and provide the much needed food and supplies to our residents!​


 

History

The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) was created in 1994 to help achieve food security and provide access to nutritionally adequate food and other basic necessities to all residents in Middlesex County by then Freeholder, Jane Z. Brady and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.



The program is operated by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority with support of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  MCFOODS is also a collaboration of many partnerships working to end hunger.  Local governments, nonprofit agencies, businesses, organizations, schools and houses of worship all work together through the MCFOODS Network to help achieve our mission.



The program has expanded from operating out of a closet in a park police building in Roosevelt Park in Edison in its early days to our current 5,000 square foot warehouse in East Brunswick. In the early years, MCFOODS received and distributed 92,000 pounds of nonperishable foods and necessities to about 30 partner agencies. In 2019, MCFOODS received and distributed over 2.2 million pounds of food including fresh produce, dairy and meat products to over 130 partners.​


Mission

MCFOODS provides nonperishable foods and necessities to our network of over 120 partner organizations throughout the 25 towns in Middlesex County to ensure that all residents have access to nutritionally adequate food and necessities at all times.



Additionally, MCFOODS supplies our partners with networking opportunities, resource-sharing tools and nutritional guidelines for clients. On a broader platform MCFOODS is an advocate for programs and policies intended to combat hunger and poverty.​


 

Stay connected with MCFOODS and follow our social media pages for program updates, events, news, nutrition education, hunger and advocacy efforts, current food drives and information on our partner agencies.​



 

 

Behind the Scenes - MCFOODS
 
  



History of MCFOODS

 
 
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