Free Food & Services

Free Food & Services

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

Summer Feeding Programs for Kids

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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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Blue Jean Ball

Announcing the return of our beloved Blue Jean Ball on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at NJPAC in Newark, NJ. New location, same mission! We are excited to honor our incredible partners with the Food, Hope, and Help Awards and to celebrate their unwavering dedication to our mission to end hunger in New Jersey. Mark your calendars and make your commitment today!

2024 Blue Jean Ball is generously sponsored by Blue Jean Ball Sponsor Peerless Beverage Company.

For event inquiries, please contact our events team at events@cfbnj.org / 908-485-4462

Blue Jean Ball Highlights & Photos

  • Blue Jean Ball Chairs

    Polly and Terry O’Toole
    Patty and Chris Perry
    Judy and Bob Spires
    Jane and Mark Wilf

    Master of Ceremonies

    Adam Sank

    Featuring Entertainment

    Lexi Lawson

    Blue Jean Ball 2023 Honorees:

    FOOD AWARD

    New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher

    For his vision and support to advance access to fresh, nutritious, and delicious food statewide, and to nurture the healthiest of outcomes for the state’s most vulnerable.

    HELP AWARD

    Roby and Josh Weinreich

    For their decades of leadership and personal commitment to CFBNJ’s mission, and their incredible efforts in response to the pandemic.

    HOPE AWARD

    Eastern Fresh Growers
    Meadowlands YMCA
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative
    Saint John United Methodist Church

    Our dedicated partners, who provide essential fresh produce and inspire healthy and positive lifestyles for our neighbors in need.

    THANK YOU SPONSORS:

    Blue Jean Hero

    Jess Chang and Wayne Paglieri

    Denim Diamond

    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
    Rachel and Michael Rimland

    Dungaree Idol

    Appaloosa L.P./The Tepper Foundation
    Larry L. Luing Family Foundation
    Frances Burns and Richard S. Nitzberg
    Polly and Terry O’Toole
    Roby and Josh Weinreich

    Boot Cut Savior

    Amerigroup
    Patty and Chris Perry/Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
    The Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation
    Jane and Mark Wilf

    Bell Bottom Benefactor

    ACME Markets Foundation
    Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
    CA Ferolie
    D’Maris and Joseph Dempsey
    Pamela and Andy Federbusch
    Jill and Cameron Gateman
    Goya Foods
    Karen and Ralph Izzo/PSEG
    Kings Foundation
    Melanie and Alan Levitan
    Mazars USA LLP
    Peerless Beverage Company
    Pfizer
    Prudential Financial
    PSEG
    RWJBarnabas Health
    Sanofi
    Summit Health Cares
    Wakefern Food Corp.

  • Blue Jean Ball Chairs

    Denise & Tony Ferolie
    Patty & Chris Perry
    Roby & Josh Weinreich

    Honorees

    Food Award

    Acme & Kings Nourishing Neighbors
    A leading partner of CFBNJ in food donations, financial support, awareness and volunteerism.

    Help Award

    Bank of America
    Decades of philanthropic investment in CFBNJ
    and an extraordinary commitment to pandemic response.

    Hope Award

    A Salute to Bergen County
    Our strong alliance, with whom we have been working hand in hand, side by side fighting the effects of COVID-19 and its impact on our New Jersey neighbors in need.

    Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Silna Zur
    The Russell Berrie Foundation
    Center for Food Action in New Jersey
    Varick Memorial Food Pantry

    Sponsors

    Blue Jean Heroes

    ACME/Kings: Nourishing Neighbors
    Bank of America
    Wayne Paglieri and Jess Chang

    Denim Diamond

    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

    Dungaree Idols

    Luing Family Foundation
    Terence and Paula O’Toole
    Roby and Josh Weinreich

  • Because of the generosity of sponsors, honorees, performers, and nearly 400 virtual attendees, we raised over $1.3 million for CFBNJ’s mission during this time when it’s needed most. THANK YOU to all who attended and supported the beloved annual event!

    Special thanks to event chairs Alma DeMetropolis, Polly & Terry O’Toole, Patty & Chris Perry, Roby & Josh Weinreich.

    HONOREES

    FOOD AWARD

    Stop & Shop

    HELP AWARD

    First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Snyder Murphy
    New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund

    HOPE AWARD

    Partners in Disaster & Pandemic

    Thank you, sponsors:

    BLUE JEAN HERO
    Bank of America
    Wayne Paglieri
    Stop & Shop
    Manny & Mila Teixeira Foundation Inc.

    DENIM DIAMOND
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    DUNGAREE IDOL
    Luing Family Foundation
    Polly and Terry O’Toole
    Roby and Josh Weinreich
    Josh Weston
    Wilf Family Foundations

    BOOT CUT SAVIOR
    Dottie Litwin-Brief and Donald Brief
    Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation
    Frances Burns and Richard S. Nitzberg
    Patty and Chris Perry/Broadridge
    PNC
    Prudential

    BELL BOTTOM BENEFACTOR
    Alma DeMetropolis
    D’Maris & Joseph Dempsey and Melanie & Alan Levitan
    ESM Ferolie Group/ Beacon United Brokers
    Pamela and Andrew Federbusch
    Jill and Cameron Gateman
    Goya Foods
    Mazars
    New York Giants
    Peerless Beverage Company
    Pfizer
    PSEG
    Eileen and Les Quick
    Wakefern Food Corp.

  • Heartwarming support from all fronts plus months of planning with our devoted partners, the Blue Jean Ball 2019 came to an end with more than $1.36 million raised to help the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to continue providing Food, Help and Hope to our hungry neighbors.

    Special thanks to our event chairs Alma DeMetropolis, Patty & Chris Perry, Liz & Tom Pryma and Roby & Josh Weinreich and the Board of the FoodBank for their leadership.

    Photos by Turtlebox Pictures.

    FOOD AWARD

    WAKEFERN FOOD CORP.
    One of our founding partners, Wakefern Food Corp., a retail cooperative, is the largest food donor to the FoodBank. Wakefern and the fifty member families that own and operate ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, Dearborn Market and The Fresh Grocer stores also provide leading financial support and engage thousands of employees in our volunteer efforts while bringing awareness to the issue of hunger in their stores.

    HELP AWARD

    JUDY & JOSH WESTON
    Judy and Josh Weston are two of the FoodBank’s most dedicated philanthropic leaders. For decades, their unwavering guidance has been instrumental in maximizing our impact as we nourish our hungry neighbors in need.

    HOPE AWARD

    SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP FOUNDATION AND SEVEN AGENCY PARTNERS
    Our collaboration with Summit Medical Group Foundation on the pilot initiative – Food, Health and Hope: An Answer to Diabetes, helps clients with diabetes by providing a twelve month program offering health screenings, diabetes-friendly food and nutrition education. Agency partners being honored include: Father English Community Center; FOCUS: Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc; House of Prayer Baptist Church Food Pantry; Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges; Salvation Army of Plainfield; SDA Church of the Oranges; Solid Rock Baptist Church Food Pantry.

  • Thanks to the event chairs, sponsors, and more than 450 attendees, the All New Blue Jean Ball raised more than $1.1 million to support CFBNJ’s mission! The event featured food truck fun with Premio Foods, Compass Group, Harvest Restaurant Group, and Stone Soup, our own on-site catering service. The formal program was emceed by Adam Sank of The Adam Sank Show and included dinner, an awards ceremony, comedy by Colin Jost (co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update), and an appearance by special guest Jon Bon Jovi. We are so grateful for our sponsors: JP Morgan Chase & Co, Appaloosa Management LP, and Nokota Management LP.

    Congratulations again to our honorees:

    FOOD AWARD

    Goya Foods, Inc.

    HELP AWARD

    David Tepper, Founder & President of Appaloosa LP

    HOPE AWARD

    Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Prudential Financial, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Wakefern Food Corporation, Lafayette Elementary School, Kean University, Seton Hall Preparatory School, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Bob Griffin, Carol Haws, Betsey Bernhardt, and Nancy & John Shaw.

Date

May 16 2024
Expired!

Time

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102
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