FAQ

Volunteers working in the warehouse of the FoodBank

General Questions

What is a food bank?

What is CFBNJ’s mission?

What does CFBNJ stand for?

What other programs do you have at CFBNJ?

How do I get to CFBNJ?

Is CFBNJ a food pantry?

What do I need to get food from CFBNJ?

What jobs are available at CFBNJ?

Is CFBNJ on social media?

How can a food pantry or soup kitchen become a CFBNJ food pantry?

Find Help

Where is there a food pantry near me?

Am I eligible for SNAP (formerly food stamps)?

How do I apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps)?

Where is there a food pantry near me?

Do you have a workforce development program?

What is P-EBT?

Can I get assistance with my electric bill?

Fundraising

How do I give a monetary gift?

Where can I mail a check?

How do I get my gift matched by my company?

How do I make a planned gift?

How do I donate from a donor advised fund?

Is my donation tax deductible?

What is CFBNJ’s tax ID number?

Is my online donation secure?

When can I expect a tax receipt for my donation to CFBNJ?

Can I donate by phone?

How do I give monthly?

I am a monthly donor. How do I change my credit card info or adjust my payment?

Can I donate in someone’s honor/in memory of a loved one?

How can I be removed from your mailing list?

How do I unsubscribe from your emails?

Events

How can I hold an online fundraiser?

How can I hold a virtual food drive?

How can I hold a food drive?

When can I drop off my food collections?

Can I schedule a food donation pick-up from CFBNJ?

Where should I send/deliver the funds raised for CFBNJ?

Volunteers

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Can I volunteer as an individual?

What will I be doing?

Can I volunteer with a group?

Can kids volunteer?

Donating Food to CFBNJ

What food does CFBNJ need?

Are you accepting food donations?

How do I donate food?

I am a food retailer. How can I donate extra food to CFBNJ?



What is a food bank?

Our food bank is a storage and distribution system, marshalling resources for over 1,000 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and feeding programs in New Jersey. In addition to distributing food sourced from our generous donors, we also administer supplemental food packaged and supplied by the State and Federal governments. Learn more about how a food bank works.

What is CFBNJ's mission?

We fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. We engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle. Working together with volunteers, donors and our many partners, we work to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.

What does CFBNJ stand for?

CFBNJ is short for Community FoodBank of New Jersey.



What other programs do you have at CFBNJ?

CFBNJ is more than just a food bank. We are also the largest anti-poverty organization in New Jersey, with a variety of programs addressing the various causes of hunger to augment our work to end hunger. Our Resource Access team assists our neighbors with SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) and LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) information, while NJ SNAP-Ed provides nutrition and physical education and well-being for our neighbors. Our Diaper Program and Period Initiative provide additional services that help our community partners assist their neighbors, and our Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) provides crucial job training in the food service industry and ServSafe® certification.



How do I get to CFBNJ?

You can use this map to get driving directions to either location. Public Transit: Please go to NJTransit.com to find out the best way to get to CFBNJ from your location. The #59, #65 and #66 NJ Transit bus routes all have stops near our Hillside warehouse.



Is CFBNJ a food pantry?

Our Hillside location is not a food pantry, but can use our Find Help page to locate nearby food pantries and soup kitchens. However, our Egg Harbor Township location does have food pantry hours, and they are as follows:
  • Tuesday: 1-3:30PM
  • Wednesday: 12-3PM
  • Thursday: 1-3:30PM
  • Friday: 1-3:30PM
  • Saturday: 9-11:30AM
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed


What do I need to get food from CFBNJ?

To get food from our mobile and on-site pantries run by our Egg Harbor Township location, clients (as well as every member of their household) must show proof of residence. Two forms are required: a state issued ID such as a driver's license, and a piece of mail (processed by the US Postal Service) with their name and address on it. A lease that lists all occupants is also accepted. To get food for school-aged children under 18, their school record with their name and address on it is accepted, and for children younger than school age, we will accept a birth certificate. In the event that parents are divorced, children can only be listed under one parent in our records.



What jobs are available at CFBNJ?

We are always looking for passionate individuals to perform the meaningful work addressing hunger and helping to change the lives of those in need. You can find CFBNJ job listings here.



Is CFBNJ on social media?

Follow us on following platforms: Twitter Facebook Facebook - Egg Harbor Township Instagram LinkedIn



How can a food pantry or soup kitchen become a CFBNJ food pantry?

If you would like your 501(c)(3) organization to become a CFBNJ network partner, your food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter must meet specific eligibility criteria. Learn more about becoming a network partner, then call us at (908) 355-3663 and ask for Network Relations.

Find Help



Where is there a food pantry near me?

We can help you find the closest food pantry or soup kitchen right on our Find Help page. Enter your ZIP code and select a mile radius for a map with locations of food pantries.

Am I eligible for SNAP (formerly food stamps)?

We can pre-screen you for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) in NJ. Call CFBNJ's Resource Access Team now at (908) 838-4831 to talk to an expert who can help you with this process and answer questions about your EBT card.

How do I apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps)?

You can apply for SNAP online through the New Jersey website. You can also call us for assistance at (908) 838-4831.

Do you have a workforce development program?

Our Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) exemplifies our commitment to addressing the root cause of hunger – poverty – by providing graduates with workforce development and job training that can lead to a living wage. The free, 14-week intensive culinary and life skills program provides students with the foundation for a better life and teaches them about communication, nutrition and healthy cooking. We started the FSTA in 2000 and have graduated more than 2,500 students with an average job-placement rate exceeding 90 percent. FSTA graduates also earn their ServSafe® Certification by participating in the program.

What is P-EBT?

Pandemic EBT — P-EBT for short — provides additional food dollars on an EBT card to NJ families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be available through September 2021 to students enrolled in the free or reduced school lunch program to help with nutritional support during school closures due to COVID-19. No application is necessary to receive this benefit.

Can I get assistance with my electric bill?

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home and heating and medically necessary cooling costs. We can help if you’re looking for help with your energy bills! Call CFBNJ's Resource Access Team now at (908) 838-4831 and we will help you apply for this program.

Fundraising



How do I give a monetary gift?

You can make an online donation or donate through the mail.

Where can I mail a check?

You can mail a check to our Hillside location:  31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07025   Please make checks payable to Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

How do I get my gift matched by my company?

Some employers offer to match your gift to CFBNJ. We encourage you to use our website to see if your company matches donations.

How do I make a planned gift?

Planned giving is a meaningful way for someone to leave a legacy of their beliefs and support a cause. Philanthropic giving can provide a lifelong income or provide for charity and other heirs in ways that maximize the impact and minimize costs and taxes. Find out more about planned giving.

How do I donate from a donor advised fund?

A donor advised fund, which is a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to Community FoodBank of New Jersey. You can recommend a grant or recurring grants now to make an immediate impact or use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts. Find out more about donor advised funds.

Can I donate by phone?

You can donate to CFBNJ by phone by calling us at (908) 355-3663.

How do I give monthly?

To become a monthly donor, head to our monthly donation page.

I am a monthly donor. How do I change my credit card info or adjust my payment?

. If you need to change your credit card information or want to adjust your payment, please call our Donor Services team at (908) 355-3663

How can I be removed from your mailing list?

If you don’t want to receive mail from CFBNJ anymore, call us at (908) 355-3663 and we will take you off our mailing list. Please note that because of long lead times with our mailings, it can take up to two months to be removed from our list.

How do I unsubscribe from your emails?

To unsubscribe from our emails, please go to the bottom of the last email you received and click “unsubscribe.” You can also call our Donor Services team at (908) 355-3663.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your donation receipt as your official record.

What is CFBNJ's tax ID number?

CFBNJ's tax ID number is 222 423 882. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity.

Is my online donation secure?

Yes, we use industry-standard SSL technology to keep your information secure. We partner with Stripe, the industry's established payment provider trusted by some of the world's largest companies. Your sensitive financial information never touches our servers. We send all data directly to Stripe's PCI-compliant servers through SSL.

When can I expect a tax receipt for my donation to CFBNJ?

If you donate to CFBNJ online, you will receive an acknowledgement email right away. That email can be used for tax purposes. If you donate by mail, you will receive a letter within 10 days.If you need a consolidated tax receipt for multiple donations, please call our Donor Services team at (908) 355-3663.

I donate in someone’s honor/in memory of a loved one?

This is a thoughtful and impactful gift that is growing in popularity. Donate to CFBNJ in honor of a loved one now by clicking "give in honor or memory" underneath the form.

Events



How can I hold an online fundraiser?

Visit our fundraising page to set up your personalized fundraiser. Our Event Toolkit and Online Fundraiser User Guide are available to help you through the steps of setting everything up.

How can I hold a virtual food drive?

Visit our fundraising page to start your personalized virtual food drive. Our Event Toolkit and Online Fundraiser User Guide are available to help you through the stes of setting it up.

How can I hold a food drive?

You can register your food drive online. There, you will find a list of our Most Wanted Food Items Flyer and our Event Toolkit, which will guide you through the steps of setting up your food drive.

When can I drop off my food collections?

Deliver your donations to one of CFBNJ’s locations during the following hours:Hillside:
  • M-F 7:30AM - 4PM
  • 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside, NJ 07205 | 908.355.3663
Egg Harbor Township:
  • M-F: 7AM - 2PM
  • 6735 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 | 609.383.8843


Can I schedule a food donation pick-up from CFBNJ?

We can pick up food donations of 1,000 pounds or more. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance. Contact our Hillside team if you are nearest that location, or our Egg Harbor Township team if you are in that area.If you require pickup for a food donation of under 1,000 pounds, please reach out to your local food pantry or soup kitchen or call our Food Sourcing department at (908) 355-3663 so we can provide a list of places that will pick up your donation.

Where should I send/deliver the funds raised for CFBNJ?

All cash and check donations need to be sent/delivered to CFBNJ. Make all checks out to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Write down the event name on the memo line if applicable. MAIL CHECKS TO:Community FoodBank of New Jersey 31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07205 ATTN: Evelyn Chiu(Add event name to Memo)

Volunteers



How do I sign up to volunteer?

You can sign up for a volunteer shift for our Hillside or Egg Harbor Township locations online. Please check out our volunteer page for more information about age requirements, things you‘ll be working on, and forms you’ll need to bring with you.

Can I volunteer as an individual?

Individuals may sign up for a volunteer shift for our Hillside or Egg Harbor Township locations online. Please check out our volunteer page for more information about age requirements, things you‘ll be working on, and forms you’ll need to bring with you.

What will I be doing?

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Can I volunteer with a group?

We welcome groups and offer that option when you sign up to volunteer on our website. There are a few things that group leaders need to keep in mind: please be sure to distribute warehouse guidelines to everyone in the group, and that volunteer groups with teens age 14 through 16 must be accompanied by one adult for every 10 teens. Adults must stay with their groups in their assigned work areas. The CFBNJ staff cannot act as chaperones or supervisors.

Can kids volunteer?

Our Hillside location has a minimum age of 14 years old, with adult supervision. Teens aged 16-17 may volunteer without adult supervision, if they have written permission from their parents on file. Our Egg Harbor Township location cannot accommodate volunteers under 18 at this time.

Donating Food to CFBNJ



What food does CFBNJ need?

We are always in need of the following items. Please do not donate any perishable food, or items in glass packaging.
  • Canned tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Pasta
  • Instant potatoes
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Canned soups
  • Canned chili
  • Canned spaghetti and meatballs
  • Almond butter, sun butter, jelly (plastic jars only)
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned carrots
  • Canned mixed fruit
  • Canned pineapples
  • Diapers and feminine hygiene products


Are you accepting food donations?

Yes, we accept food donations to our Hillside and Egg Harbor Township locations.

How do I donate food?

If you're interested in donating food, diapers, or feminine hygiene products  directly to CFBNJ, please go to one of our locations during the following hours:Hillside:
  • M-F 7:30AM - 4PM
  • 31 Evans Terminal, Hillside, NJ 07205
  • 908.355.3663
Egg Harbor Township:
  • M-F 7AM - 2PM
  • 6735 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
  • 609.383.8843


I am a food retailer. How can I donate extra food to CFBNJ?

If you are retailer looking to donate extra food, please call us at (908) 355-3663 and ask for Food Sourcing.

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