Hundreds of cars lined up early Tuesday morning outside the Meadowlands YMCA as people waited for hours to pick up meal kits and other necessities. The food distribution has taken place weekly since March and the demand is overwhelming. In just the last two months, the Y has handed out a half million meals and expects to reach 1 million by next week.
About 30 to 40 volunteers showed up at 4 a.m. to get boxes packed and ready. People like Clifton resident Vanessa Dewindt, who usually waits in line for up to two hours, said it’s worth the wait.
Support for “Hunger in NJ” has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.