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

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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About Us

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, works to end hunger by distributing food to more than 800 community partners – including food pantries, soup kitchens, and child and senior feeding programs – and by connecting neighbors in need with supportive solutions.

Our hunger-relief programs address the need by delivering after-school meals and supplemental food for children, providing job training to those seeking a second chance, and teaching people how to eat healthy on a budget. We also partner with government representatives and coalitions to affect long-term change, championing transformative legislation.

Hunger in New Jersey


More than 44 million people in the US are food insecure. Nearly 1,000,000 of them live in New Jersey, including over 260,000 children.

More than 675,000 of them reside in CFBNJ’s 15-county service area, including 185,000 children. The majority of households we serve have at least one member with a paying job. Some of our neighbors in need work multiple jobs but still struggle to make ends meet. They often make tough choices - deciding between food and other necessities. Black and Hispanic families, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals, are disproportionately impacted by hunger, facing barriers to economic stability. College students, seniors, and residents of resort towns also face unique challenges that make them more susceptible to food insecurity. Hunger is a major concern for those affected by emergencies, as well. Recently, we have seen pandemics, natural disasters, government shutdowns, and economic downturns increase need.

The State of Hunger in New Jersey

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of New Jerseyans are food insecure

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of children in New Jersey are food insecure

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of Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland County residents face hunger

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of kids in South Jersey face hunger

Our History

CFBNJ started almost 50 years ago and is now the largest anti-hunger organization in the state.

1975

Kathleen DiChiara sees the need in the community and begins collecting and distributing food from the back of her station wagon, using her garage as storage and her kitchen as an office.

1982

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, distributing 150,000 pounds of food during the year.

1987

The FoodBank takes over the Salvation Army program serving Atlantic County and expands its hunger relief efforts to South Jersey with a new Southern Branch in Landisville, which would later relocate to Egg Harbor Township.

1991

Check-Out Hunger® launches with 10 founding retail partners, raising over $200,000 statewide and putting food insecurity front and center at 730 supermarkets and convenience stores.

1993

The FoodBank’s headquarters moves to its current home at 31 Evans Terminal in Hillside, a former Kraft factory with 285,000 square feet of warehouse space.

1994

The first Blue Jean Ball annual fundraiser is held on October 22 with an “Age of Aquarius” theme. The event is $75 per ticket and features cocktail hour, a silent auction, and dinner and dancing in the warehouse.

1999

The Kids Cafe program is launched with an initial goal of nourishing up to 500 children per day with dinners prepared in the FoodBank’s newly completed commissary kitchen.

2000

The Food Service Training Academy begins as a 12-week culinary and life skills program to help those in need procure employment in the food service industry.

2001

After the September 11 World Trade Center attack, the FoodBank serves as the processing center for all relief donations arriving from points west and south of New York City, working with the Salvation Army to coordinate emergency supplies and to provide bottled water and meals for rescue workers.

2012

Despite power outages and major flooding in its warehouse, the FoodBank responds to statewide need in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

2015

After 40 years as Executive Director, FoodBank founder Kathleen DiChiara leaves the FoodBank with a legacy of food, help and hope that has touched countless lives.

2017

The FoodBank launches its Hunger as a Health Issue initiative that takes a holistic approach to food insecurity with access to fresh produce, free health screenings, and nutrition education. New programs include Healthy Families Farmers Markets and Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes.

2019

New Jersey takes a major step towards expanding food access for neighbors in need as Governor Phil Murphy signs Speaker Craig Coughlin’s comprehensive hunger bill package into law.

2020

The FoodBank was the hub of a robust network of more than 800 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other feeding programs, distributing over 60 million pounds of food annually. The COVID-19 emergency presented new challenges and an uptick in hunger across the state, and the FoodBank pivoted to meet the need.

Today

CFBNJ is the hub of a robust network of more than 800 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other feeding programs, distributing over 90 million nutritious meals annually.

More About Kathleen DiChiara, CFBNJ Founder


Kathleen has received numerous awards, including recognition from three Presidents, three Governors of New Jersey, and even the Pope. She is also a 2013 inductee of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Among the more than 200 executive directors of Feeding America members, Kathleen was selected as the recipient of the John van Hengel Fellow Award for her vision and leadership of one of the most productive food banks in the country. During her 40 years of involvement in distributing food to people in need, she designed and implemented programs to alleviate hunger and poverty that have been replicated by food banks nationwide.

Kathleen has a BS in Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta and eight honorary doctorates from colleges and universities in New Jersey and New York.

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    Mission, Vision, and Values

    • Mission

    • We serve as a champion for addressing root causes of hunger, delivering neighbor- centric solutions, and fostering collaborative partnerships across all sectors of society for New Jersey.
    • Vision

    • Our goal is to reduce food insecurity by 50% in our service area by 2030.
    • Values

    • We are a culture of caring.

    • Compassion: We see people as people, not as their challenges or job titles. We put ourselves in their shoes when we interact with others.
    • Inclusion: We collaborate with a generous and flexible mindset. We assume people have the best intentions. We treat all as our neighbors.
    • Empowerment: We encourage curiosity and learning that creates growth. We support and celebrate action that benefits our communities, our culture, and each person.
    • Accountability: We promise to make a measurable impact on the lives of people in need and provide an honest assessment of our culture of caring.

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