New Jersey seniors struggling with limited financial resources are oftentimes forced to make tough choices between essentials. From rent, to utilities, food, medicine, and transportation, income from low-wage jobs and social security checks may not always be enough for seniors to last through each month. In New Jersey alone, 25% of seniors report being unable to retire, with 8% living under the poverty line. 

Of the 800,000 New Jersayans enrolled into the most recent increase to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2021, three-quarters were children, seniors, and people with disabilities. However, benefits can tally as low as $16/month for seniors too close to the income threshold, leaving them with little to no help. Senior hunger is a pressing issue in New Jersey, which is why we have several programs in place to help.

With very few alternatives, many seniors turn to the FoodBank and our agency partners for assistance. Currently, 19% of FoodBank clients are 60 and older. To combat elder senior hunger, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributes over a million pounds of food each year through our Senior Feeding Program.

Free Senior Meals

Senior boxes are free monthly -supplemental food boxes that are provided to vulnerable seniors (60 and older) with limited resources. CFBNJ delivers senior food boxes to community partners, including senior centers, who then distribute them to seniors in need. Each senior box includes nutritious foods and meals, such as shelf-stable milk, canned protein, as well as fresh produce, as part of our Hunger as a Health Issue Initiative.

If you are from a nonprofit organization, faith-based organization, etc., that is interested in implementing the senior food program, please reach out to Tony Jones, CSFP Coordinator and Compliance Monitor, by clicking on the green mail icon.

SNAP (Formerly Known as Food Stamps) Assistance for Seniors

CFBNJ offers direct and technical SNAP application assistance to food-insecure seniors eligible for SNAP and LIHEAP benefits, in addition to other resources. The support provided addresses the barriers to participation that seniors may face, including knowledge about eligibility, technology, language. We meet families where they are and provide application assistance and support, both in-person and virtually.

If you are in need of assistance, please utilize our locator to find free senior meals near you today.


    Tony Jones, CSFP Coordinator and Compliance Monitor

    ❝Without this food from the FoodBank, I don't know what I would do.❞ -James, 70