Members of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) are distributing 100,000 facial coverings to their workforce as part of the state’s re-opening strategy.
NJFC is working with the state Office of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) to hand out masks, with 50,000 cloth facial coverings now being provided to members for distribution within hundreds of supermarkets, independent grocers and convenience stores. Another 50,000 masks are anticipated in the coming weeks.
“NJOHSP has been steadfast in our efforts to provide PPE to essential workers supporting communities across New Jersey during this pandemic,” said Jared M. Maples, NJOHSP director. “This collaborative effort alongside the New Jersey Food Council and the Office of Emergency Management helps ensure employees have the supplies needed to safely keep our state’s food supply moving.”
The federal government has sent New Jersey a total of 470,000 masks, noting they are washable and reusable PPE.
“As part of the state’s critical infrastructure, the New Jersey Food Council is pleased to have this opportunity to receive a significant allotment of masks from this direct federal assistance plan for our lifeline industry,” said Linda Doherty, NJFC president and CEO. “We believe it’s a substantial effort in the mass distribution of coverings that help protect shoppers and employees.”