Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation battling hunger this Thanksgiving

Cyril Josh Barker | 10/29/2015, 5:42 p.m.
Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss and Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation Executive Director Deborah Simpkins announced INIC is giving away Thanksgiving ...
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Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss and Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation Executive Director Deborah Simpkins announced INIC is giving away Thanksgiving baskets to Irvington residents with children.

The baskets are being given away Tuesday, Nov. 24 from noon until 3 p.m. at INIC, located at 346 16th Ave. in Irvington. Baskets will be given on a first come, first served basis, but participants must pre-register. Pre-registration will take place starting Nov. 10 and ending Nov. 21.

“As we enter the holiday season, I want to make sure that the residents of Irvington, particularly those with children, are able to eat and enjoy the time with each other,” said Vauss. “INIC is doing a great job helping our Irvington folk who find themselves in need of assistance, now and throughout the year.”

Simpkins added that INIC is happy to be able to share these holiday meals with Irvington residents.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.5 percent of New Jersey residents are food insecure, meaning that they have limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods. Nearly 400,000 children, or approximately 1 in 5, are food insecure.

“For pre-registration, participants will need to provide a birth certificate for their children, Social Security cards, proof of income, a photo ID and proof that they live in Irvington,” she said. “Our baskets will include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and vegetables.”

For more information about the meals or how to register, contact Dana Smallwood at 973-416-0909.