Free Food & Services

Free Food & Services

Find a food pantry near you and explore the free services that can help you and your family.

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Apply for Snap Food Assistance

Apply for Snap Food Assistance

Get free help applying for SNAP and accessing the benefits available to you and your family.

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Job Training

Job Training

Sign up for one of CFBNJ’s free job training programs that can prepare you for a career in the culinary or logistics industries.

 

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Healthy Recipes

Healthy Recipes

Healthy recipes, cooking videos, and tips are all here. Browse through the info provided by our Nutrition Education team to get the most out of your grocery budget without compromising on nutrition.

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Donate

Donate

Learn about all the ways to give a monetary gift, including recurring donations, planned gifts, tributes, and more to CFBNJ to lift up our neighbors.

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Volunteer

Volunteer

Explore the many opportunities to volunteer – whether that is packing food with your company, family, and friends at either our Hillside or Egg Harbor Township locations, distributing healthy food at one of our partners, or making phone calls from the comfort of your home.

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Advocate

Advocate

Take action to support our advocacy efforts that address the root causes of hunger and learn more about how CFBNJ collaborates with legislators.

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Fundraise

Fundraise

Coordinate a virtual or in-person fundraiser with friends, family, or coworkers.

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Donate Food & Goods

Donate Food & Goods

Over one-third of our food is donated by generous supporters like you. Set up a food or special product drive, join our retail food donation program, and more.

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Make a Corporate Donation

Make a Corporate Donation

Manufacturers, retailers, corporations, and small businesses can donate food, funds, and time.

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Events

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Attend a CFBNJ event to show your support and meet other like-minded supporters.

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Youth

Youth

Opportunities for youth engagement includes fundraising, food drives, and service days.

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Sign Up to Volunteer

Sign Up to Volunteer

Sign up to sort and pack food with your company, family, and friends at either our Hillside or Egg Harbor locations.

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Corporate Groups

Corporate Groups

Use your next company outing to give back to your community.

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Special Volunteer Programs

Special Volunteer Programs

View the opportunities available for regular volunteers to level up their participation at CFBNJ.

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Youth

Special Volunteer Programs

Opportunities for youth engagement includes fundraising, food drives, and service days.

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About Us

About Us

Discover how our journey began almost 50 years ago, and how we are committed to ending hunger in New Jersey.

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Explore the roadmap of the future of CFBNJ and how we plan on helping hungry neighbors going forward.

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How a FoodBank Works

How a FoodBank Works

Understand how food and hygiene supplies get from our two warehouses to your community.

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Leadership

Leadership

Meet our executive leadership team and Board of Directors.

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Annual Report & Financials

Annual Report & Financials

Get a clear picture of our finances, how our programs impact the community, and how it all ties together.

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Careers

Careers

Check out our career opportunities and don’t miss a chance to put your talents to work for a great purpose.

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News & Press

Keep up to date with the latest news about our work to end hunger.

Keep up to date with the latest news about our work to end hunger.

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Our Locations

Our Locations

We have locations in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township, each with their own events and volunteering opportunities.

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Our Programs

Learn about what we do to help our neighbors in need.

Learn about what we do to help our neighbors in need.

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A Spotlight on Food Sourcing: Adding New Partnerships and Increasing Efficiency

A Spotlight on Food Sourcing: Adding New Partnerships and Increasing Efficiency

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CFBNJ’s Food Sourcing team is responsible for procuring the food that we distribute to our neighbors in need through donations, purchases, and government programs. We partner with supermarkets, corporations, distributors, farms, manufacturers, wholesalers, transportation companies, and non-supermarket retailers – just to name a few.  

Beginning this year, the team’s efforts will be bigger and more strategic than ever before. A data-driven approach will ensure optimal decision-making, while new partnerships will allow us to get food from diverse places. This all contributes to CFBNJ’s goal of providing 93 million nutritious meals this year.  

One way that we’re working to obtain fresh produce, as we seek to address hunger as a health issue, is by partnering with more New Jersey farms. During the growing and picking seasons last year, one of our Food Sourcing Coordinators made dozens of visits to farms to seek out partnerships and donations. Ultimately, CFBNJ hopes to have a dedicated field at a partner farm, where we will grow and pick our very own fruits and vegetables.  

To provide our neighbors with more healthy proteins, too, we are working to commence a seafood gleaning program to reduce waste of bycatch. Instead of being tossed, fish that are caught unintentionally and can’t be sold will be given to CFBNJ. New ports have recently been added to this program, which has proven successful at other New Jersey food banks. 

We have also initiated a partnership with the Frontline Appreciation Group, a small nonprofit with the original purpose of serving frontline workers during the pandemic by purchasing meals from restaurants. Recently, they’ve changed their model to focus instead on neighbors in need, working with CFBNJ to connect soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community organizations with participating restaurants. Since August, this partnership has enabled us to feed hungry families while supporting struggling businesses.  

Central to our food sourcing efforts is a focus on efficiency. Through our Enabled Agency program, CFBNJ manages relationships to facilitate direct delivery of food from retail stores to community partners. This helps organizations get the food that they need fresher and faster, while reducing the number of pickups and deliveries that CFBNJ must make. Currently, 137 community partners participate in the program, which provides an average of 27,000 pounds of food daily. This year, our goal is to provide 13 million pounds of food total through the Enabled Agency program. 

And to increase efficiency and maintain all of these incredible partnerships, CFBNJ has expanded its Food Sourcing team over the past year and half from five employees to 14. With new roles and division of responsibilities, we can continue to source and distribute more food than ever before!  

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