Harvest Trolley in Garfield

The Embrace Relief Foundation and Garfield Mayor Richard Rigoglioso teamed up to deliver free healthy food to more than 100 families at Embrace Relief’s Mobile Market distribution event at the Garfield Recreation Center on Friday, Aug. 5.

Friday’s mobile market is one of many food distribution events operated throughout the year by Embrace Relief, a humanitarian nonprofit organization based in Fairfield, at different locations in Essex and Passaic counties.

Families who attended were welcomed by Embrace Relief volunteers, as well as Mayor Rigoglioso and Garfield Councilman Pawel Maslag, who helped pack bags of food from the trolley, including a selection of pasta, beans, corn, tuna, chickpeas, frozen meat packs, and other staples.

“No one should ever go hungry because they can’t afford the food they need,” said Embrace Relief CEO Osman Dulgeroglu. “But unfortunately this is sometimes the case. Today was a wonderful event, and we are very grateful for Mayor Rigoglioso for helping us provide food to people in need in Garfield.”

With the cost of food rising due to inflation and other economic factors, high-quality nutritious food is less affordable for more people than ever before. Embrace Relief’s International Hunger Relief program aims to meet this need and reduce food insecurity – both here in the United States, and worldwide – by partnering with community organizations to distribute food directly to our neighbors. In 2022 alone, Embrace Relief has provided food packages and hot meals to more than 130,000 people in 15 countries, including 33,000+ in the U.S.

Embrace Relief would like to thank the Garfield Community Affairs Division, the Peace Islands Institute, and the Turkish Cultural Center of New Jersey for its support for this Aug. 5 event. 

Embrace Relief is a registered 501(c)(3) humanitarian nonprofit organization based in Fairfield, NJ, and dedicated to providing aid to people and communities in need in the United States and around the world. The Foundation operates programs in eight different humanitarian areas: disaster relief, hunger relief, clean water, health, education, children, refugee relief, and women’s empowerment. For more information on Embrace Relief’s programs, visit www.embracerelief.org.