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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Free Meals for Kids This Summer – 2024

Free Meals for Kids This Summer – 2024

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Summer Meal Programs for Kids

For hungry kids, the final bell of the school year signifies the loss of access to some of their most reliable sources of food – school breakfasts and lunches served daily, nutritious dinners provided at afterschool programs, and Family Packs distributed on Fridays. And this summer as families face inflation, their situation will be especially critical.

That’s why the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) is ramping up efforts to provide for families in need this summer. Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), healthy food prepared by our professional staff, volunteers, and Food Service Training Academy students will be served at 44 sites across the state, including camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, libraries, and more. These nutritionally balanced meals will be available onsite at the locations mapped below.

In South Jersey, where child hunger is especially high, CFBNJ’s Egg Harbor Township location will also continue its years-long summer partnership with Let Us Eat – Please, an initiative with Atlantic County law firm Cooper Levenson that provides biweekly groceries to families in need at participating school districts.

Summer SNAP Benefits for Kids (Summer EBT)

In June 2024, New Jersey launched Summer EBT, a child nutrition program intended to reduce hunger and food insecurity for children during the summer when school is not in session. 

Most families will get these benefits automatically, but some parents will need to apply. The new program is in addition to free meals that kids of all ages can get at summer meal sites in their communities.

Benefits of Summer EBT

  • Helps parents and caregivers buy healthy foods for their children. 
  • Gives families the flexibility to select foods that fit their culture and lifestyle. 
  • Improves food security and diet quality for children.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Children are eligible for the program if:

  • the household already participates in SNAP, FDPIR, TANF, etc., OR
  • the child attends a school that offers the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program and the household income meets the federal requirements for free or reduced-price school meals.

How Summer EBT Works

The benefits will be mailed on a new EBT card for each child and can be used to buy groceries. Families will receive $120 per eligible child for the summer. Benefits can be used at authorized retailers, like grocery stores and farmers markets, to purchase healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, meats and other protein sources, whole grains, and dairy. Click here to learn more.

How to Find Food

This summer, CFBNJ will provide nutritious meals through the SFSP until August 31. To find USDA-approved sites that are free and open to kids 18 and under, visit the 2024 Summer Meals Site Finder. However, this will not include every CFBNJ site on the map below, so make sure to check both.

Our Find Food page makes it easy to locate a CFBNJ food pantry near you.

If you need additional food resources, our Resource Access team can help you apply for apply or recertify for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). Call our Food Assistance Line at 908-838-4831. Help is available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

Summer Meal Sites for Kids

Use this Google Map to find the summer meal location nearest you. PLEASE NOTE: Some locations are the sites for summer programs that require enrollment. These are marked with a green pin.

How to Help CFBNJ

Volunteers ages 16 and up are needed, especially at our Egg Harbor Township location. Volunteer at CFBNJ to help make a difference.

You can also donate to CFBNJ to give hope to hungry kids during their most difficult time of the year. Every $1 provides three nutritious meals!

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