We've received many questions about how our organization has adapted to address the COVID-19 crisis. If your question is not listed below, please reach out to us!
Are you open?
For more than 36 years, nourish.NJ has ensured that our neighbors in need have access to food and resources. We’ve never missed a day, and though our operations have shifted, we’re still here every day distributing food and offering services to our community. Our Free Farmers Markets are operating out of multiple locations in Morristown and Dover. We are still distributing takeaway meals and bags of groceries at 36 Sussex Avenue every day from 11:30-4. Our Outreach Center staff is always on-site, ready to offer support to individuals and families needing housing, employment, mental health, and other case management services.
Are guests still receiving outreach services?
Our Outreach staff continues to provide counseling, support, resource connection, housing services, and medical case management every day by phone and in person, operating safely with all necessary precautions. Since the beginning of this crisis, we have been proactive in reaching out to people in need through the many relationships we have in the community. We have also been working closely with the Morris School District, Morristown Housing Authority and Atlantic Health System to ensure everyone has access to the food, support, and services they need during this difficult time. Our Outreach team provides help to anyone seeking:
Medical case management and connection to health resources
Connection to mental health resources
Clothing, masks, and other household supplies
How are you protecting your staff? Do you have PPE?
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests is our first priority. All meals and services are provided while adhering to social distancing guidelines. We have strictly limited the number of staff and volunteers on-site each day. We have been fortunate to have access to masks and gloves for all staff members, and have also distributed masks and gloves to hundreds of our guests.
How are guests experiencing homelessness coping with the public health crisis?
We are deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our guests who are experiencing homelessness and are currently unsheltered. To make sure that they have what they need during this crisis, we developed a plan with Atlantic Health System and the County of Morris to ensure every person who tests positive for COVID-19 has a safe place to quarantine, and we have been coordinating their healthcare, services and concrete needs. We are hopeful that, through these partnerships and with continued advocacy, we will be able to secure permanent housing options for all of our guests experiencing homelessness.
What trends are you seeing in the community?
We continue to see our community following guidelines set forward by the State and Local Governments. We remain deeply concerned about the public health crisis that Covid has presented. As safety restrictions are updated and eventually eased we will be available to assist families and individuals who may face new financial hardships. We are aware that for many people in New Jersey this crisis will not end with a reduction in Covid cases. Many people in our state continue to struggle in ways that have never been seen before. During the 2008-2009 recession, low wage workers were the hardest hit and the last to recover. We know as this pandemic continues, our support and services will be more critical than ever.
We’re so grateful to be a part of such a generous and welcoming community, and have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received during this time. While we are accepting donations of non-perishable food items on a limited basis, the best way to assist us at this time is by making a monetary donation through our website. Please also visit the Current Needs section of our website to learn about more ways to help. You will be directed to this section upon clicking "How can we help?" above.