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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Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon

Featured Speaker (Streamed in South Jersey via Simulcast): Sophia Roe, Celebrated Chef and Food Justice Advocate
Sophia Roe is a Brooklyn-based James Beard Award winning chef, writer, founder of Apartment Miso and Emmy Award-nominated TV host known for her distinct lens on honesty, diversity and inclusivity. Her passion for food has always been connected to an understanding that some people have access to nutritious foods, while others simply and problematically do not. This duality is the foundation for Sophia’s work: celebrating the beauty and art in cooking while creating resources to advance food justice and build more sustainable and equitable systems.

South Jersey: Linwood Country Club – 500 Shore Road, Linwood, NJ 08221

Program Emcee: Nancy Adler, Nancy Adler Nutrition

North Jersey: Park Avenue Club – 184 Park Ave, Florham Park, NJ

Program Moderator: Natalie Pasquarella, Anchor, NBC 4 New York

Join CFBNJ’s annual tradition Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon as we come together to address food insecurity in our state. This event raises funds and awareness around hunger-related issues among children, college students, and families and offers solutions on how to help communities in need. Stay tuned for updates on our featured moderator and speakers. The Florham Park location is sold out. Please join us in Linwood for a great afternoon!

Recognition on the printed invitation with early commitment at the Host Committee Member level or above by Friday, August 27, 2024. The event RSVP deadline is Friday, October 11, 2024.

For event inquiry, please contact events@cfbnj.org / 908-485-4462.

Event Highlights & Photos

  • The Community FoodBank of New Jersey hosted its Seventh Annual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the Park Avenue Club and the ICONA Avalon. CFBNJ would like to give a warm thank you to our program moderator, Natalie Pasquarella – News Anchor/Reporter, lead speaker, Soledad O’Brien, and featured testimonials, Suzeana Stewart and Jocelyn Gonzalez. With the generous sponsorship of PNC and Spencer’s and the support of the event chairs, table sponsors, individuals, and nearly 575 attendees, CFBNJ raised over $300,000 to feed college students in need!

    Photos by Erik Colonese Photography & John DiMaio Photography.

    FEATURED SPEAKER: Soledad O’Brien

    PROGRAM MODERATOR: Natalie Pasquarella, Anchor, NBC 4 New York

  • Coming back to an in-person event after two years, the Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon brought us together, once again.
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    The Luncheon raised over $350,000 benefiting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. In addition, your generosity had boxes overflowing with 1,816 lbs. of milk, peanut butter and jelly. 390 Family Packs were assembled during the Volunteer Hour, which will all be donated to the First Avenue School in Newark, a Family Pack-participating school that was highlighted at the event.

    Thank you to our sponsors: Stop & Shop and PNC Bank.

    Photos by Kathryn Huang photography.

    FEATURED SPEAKER: Amanda Freitag, Chef, Food Network Personality and Author

    PROGRAM MODERATOR: Natalie Pasquarella, Anchor, NBC 4 New York

  • 2021 saw our first-ever virtual Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon. It was a hit, and raised over $328,000 benefiting CFBNJ’s mission to provide food, help, and hope! This equates to ONE MILLION MEALS that we can distribute to families and children in need.

    Because the event was virtual this year, there was no cost for food and beverages. 100% of the event expenses were generously underwritten by our sponsors. Therefore, every dollar helped support our mission to provide food, help, and hope to our families and children in need.

    Thank you to our sponsors: Kings Food Market and PNC Bank.

    FEATURED SPEAKERS:

    Claire Fontenot-Babineaux, CEO of Feeding America

    Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey

    PROGRAM MODERATOR: Michelle Charlesworth, co-anchor of WABC-TV Eyewitness News

  • This early spring gathering raised over $255,000, benefiting CFBNJ and connected many who care deeply for our students and children in need to take action to help end hunger. Our sincere gratitude towards the Presenting Sponsor Kings Food Markets, Luncheon Sponsor PNC Bank, chairwomen, table sponsors, attendees and others.

    The event featured the guest speaker Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED and program moderator Michelle Charlesworth, Co-anchor of WABC-TV Eyewitness News. Cocktail hour canapés was prepared by Chef Ariane Duarte from Ariane Kitchen & Bar.

    Photos by Kathryn Huang Photography.

    FEATURED SPEAKER: Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder & CEO of FEED

    Lauren founded FEED as a tangible way for consumers to make an impact in fighting childhood hunger, after witnessing firsthand the realities of poverty and hunger people are facing all over the world, while traveling with the UN World Food Programme. FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand, making products that help feed the children of the world, by providing school meals with every purchase. FEED has provided nearly 112 million school meals, since 2007.

    PROGRAM MODERATOR: Michelle Charlesworth, co-anchor of WABC-TV Eyewitness News

  • Thanks to our Event Sponsor Kings Food Markets, Volunteer Hour Sponsor PNC Bank, and support from the Luncheon’s Chairwomen, table sponsors, attendees and others, the Luncheon raised more than $244,000 to help feed hungry children. We are also thankful to guest speaker Chef Tom Colicchio: activist, owner of Crafted Hospitality, and producer and head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. These funds will go to our child nutrition programs, including summer food, after-school meals at Kids Cafes, and Family Packs with supplemental food for the weekends.

    Photos by Kathryn Huang Photography.

    FEATURED SPEAKER: Tom Colicchio, Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur and Top Chef Judge

    Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Tom Colicchio is the chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, operating restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He is also a head judge on the reality show Top Chef, since 2006. In an effort to broaden his long-standing activism around a food system that values access, affordability and nutrition for all, Tom served as the executive producer for the documentary A Place at the Table and has become a mainstay in our nation’s capital from holding Congress accountable to working with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama.

    PROGRAM MODERATOR: Joanna Gagis, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

  • Thanks to our Event Sponsor Kings Food Markets, Volunteer Hour Sponsor PNC, and support from the Luncheon’s Chairwomen and others, it was a great success. Life & Living with Joanna Gagis emceed the event, which focused on our child feeding efforts and raised more than $190,000. Jersey Bites’s Deborah Smith, New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s Shelby Vittek, and our very own Chef Paul Kapner judged our “Chopped” style chef – vs – chef challenge between Chef Leia Gaccione of south+pine american eatery and CENTRAL+MAIN AMERICAN EATERY and Personal Chef Deborah Caplan.

    Photos by Kathryn Huang Photography.

    FEATURED CHEFS:

    Deborah Caplan, Personal Chef: Deborah is a Johnson & Wales graduate whose entrepreneurial spirit helped to create Gourmet Soirée, LLC, a special events caterer. Upon her return to the New York culinary scene, Deborah worked with masters like Jimmy Bradley at The Harrison and Alex Guarnaschelli at Butter and most recently as executive sous chef at SUGARCANE. She is a two-time winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped” and recently competed as sous chef for Team Iron Chef Guarnaschelli on “Iron Chef Showdown,” where her team was undefeated. Today, Deborah runs and operates a personal chef service in Manhattan.

    Leia Gaccione, Chef & Owner at south + pine american eatery: Deborah is a Johnson & Wales graduate whose entrepreneurial spirit helped to create Gourmet Soirée, LLC, a special events caterer. Upon her return to the New York culinary scene, Deborah worked with masters like Jimmy Bradley at The Harrison and Alex Guarnaschelli at Butter and most recently as executive sous chef at SUGARCANE. She is a two-time winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped” and recently competed as sous chef for Team Iron Chef Guarnaschelli on “Iron Chef Showdown,” where her team was undefeated. Today, Deborah runs and operates a personal chef service in Manhattan.

    EMCEE: Joanna Gagis, host of Life & Living on NJTV and FiOS

  • This was CFBNJ’s first-ever Women Fighting Hunger Luncheon! Thanks to our Event Sponsor Kings Food Markets, Volunteer Hour Sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co., and support from the Luncheon’s Chairwomen and others, it was a great success.

    Photos by Kathryn Huang Photography.

    FEATURED CHEFS:

    Chef Ariane Duarte of Ariane Kitchen & Bar: Chef Ariane Duarte’s love for cooking began as she was growing up, watching her grandmother cook the family dinners.  She applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  Upon her graduation, she was hired as a sous chef at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange. With appearances on the Today Show, Iron Chef and the Tyra Banks Show she has not stopped.  She has also been a contributing chef for several magazines. In December 2015, Ariane competed on a special holiday episode of Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” defeating Moroccan French chef Adil Fawzi for the chance to go up against Flay and eventually conquering chef Flay to win. Ariane opened her restaurant Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona, New Jersey in the fall of 2014.

    Chef Paul Kapner: Paul Kapner is CFBNJ’s Executive Chef. He also heads up Stone Soup Culinary Creations, an ingredient of CFBNJ and catering company specializing in seasonally available menu selection with professionally trained staff. The catering team includes classically trained chefs and Food Service Training Academy students, providing those in need of a second chance with real world experience.

    EMCEE: Life & Living host Joanna Gagis

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Date

Oct 30 2024

Time

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location

Park Avenue Club
184 Park Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932

Other Locations

Linwood Country Club
500 Shore Road, Linwood, NJ 08221
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