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Food Depot Supermarket is NOW OPEN!

On February 28th at 9:00 am the Urban League of Essex County joined the City of Newark for a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Food Depot Supermarket. Located at 75 First Street in Newark, the opening of the new 30,000 square feet supermarket offers more than just groceries to this community. The ceremony celebrated the creation of 100 jobs for Newark residents.


The Urban League recruited, screened, and trained over 80% of the individuals hired to work at Food Depot. Candidates were recruited from the immediate neighborhood of the Food Depot, where unemployment exceeds 25%. Each participant received 40 hours of job readiness and customer service training that included delivering excellent customer service, recognizing attitudes and behaviors of an irritated customer, understanding how to communicate clearly and effectively with customers and co-workers, etc. One hundred people have been hired – 99 of them from Newark!


 ULEC Job Training for Food Depot Opening in the Central Ward

The Urban League of Essex County, in partnership with the City of Newark, is holding a Retail/Customer Service training program for two hundred residents of the Fairmount Neighborhood and Central Ward communities. The program is in its second and final week, of which participants have been receiving intensive Customer Service and Retail Training to become employees of the recently opened Food Depot Supermarket. 

Held in the Rutgers Business School, locate at 1 Washington Street in Newark, the Customer Service and Retail Training has given each participant 40 hours of  meaningful training. The training includes, but is not be limited to: identifying excellent customer service, recognizing attitudes and behaviors of an irritated customer, understanding how to communicate clearly and effectively with customers and co-worker. At the conclusion of the training, each participant receives a Certification in Retail/Customer Service that can be used in at the Food Depot and towards their future Customer Service endeavors.

With unemployment at a devastating high in Newark and cuts in government funding remaining constant, we remain vigilant in our mission to assist African Americans and other disadvantage residents in the achievement of economic and social self-sufficiency.   For more information about our employment services and/or volunteer opportunities, contact us at 973-624-9535.



Urban League Mature Worker featured in the Sunday Star-Ledger!

Kathleen Lewis is a key member of our Mature Worker staff and to ULEC overall!

Click on the link below to read the full story.


Kathleen Lewis, a Mature Worker Program participant, with her five grandchildren.


KTU Cares 5-1-11

Vivian Cox Frazier from the Urban League of Essex County stops by to speak with Cindy Vero at WKTU in NY.

Urban League SES Tutoring in Irvington Public Schools- Its free - Sign up now!

If you have a child or know a child in need of tutoring who lives in Irvington and attends one of the following schools:

  • Union Ave Middle
  • University Middle
  • Florence Avenuel
  • Chancellor Ave
  • Thurgood Marshall

Applications are available now for next year, and there are limited spaces. Please call the Office of Government Programs @ 973-399-6800 X1672 to obtain an application and you must enter the Urban League as your first choice in order to be apart of our amazing program!

Students in our program make significant academic progress in Mathematics and Language Arts, improve their confidence, and gain exposure to positve role models!

For more info on or program please call Sakeenah Daniels @ 973-624-9535 x156