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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The Ultimate Foodbank
Grant Information Guide

Welcome to our Network Investment Grant Center for the latest information on funding to support our network partners. Below is everything you need to know about foodbank grant information, from deadlines to requirements.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) and our partners at Mercer Street Friends (MSF) and NORWESCAP recognize the extraordinary efforts that you, our network partners, put in every day to ensure that our neighbors receive nutritious food. You face tremendous challenges and play a vital role in our ability to execute our mission. To support your work, we continue our commitment to you with our state-wide, multi-million-dollar Network Investment Grant initiative.

CFBNJ Network Investment Grant Overview

In FY23, we will have two rounds of grants. Partners in good standing with CFBNJ regulations may apply for one or both of the following grants:
  • Immediate grant funding to address operational needs today, such as refrigeration, purchase of reusable bags, freezer blankets, tables, tents, support for retail gleaning such as gas cards, etc.

    • Grant funds should be spent by June, 30th 2023
    • Final report is due by July 31st, 2023
    • Here is a video discussing what you must and should consider including in your final report
    • Total Funding: $750,000
    • Maximum Grant Per Partner: $15,000
  • Supporting transformational ideas and/or establishing new methods of food distribution, community development, and services that strengthen your vision to empower neighbors and expand food security  in your community

    • Applications Open: Thursday, July 6, 2023
    • Application Due Date: Friday, September 8, 2023
    • Funding: More then $2.5m

How To Apply For Grants From CFBNJ

Applications are open July 13 through September 15, 2023, for the Capacity Building, Infrastructure, and Innovation grant. To learn more about the Phase 2 grant guidelines, timelines, funding categories, and more, read the Request for Proposal (RFP). 
For a User Guide to SurveyMonkey, the software used to complete the Grant Application, click here.

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    Get Help Applying for Grants

    One-to-One Application Support

    Our Women Fighting Hunger (WFH) grant support team, a group of volunteer women dedicated to assisting our efforts to fight food insecurity, is available for a variety of assistance, including one-to-one help to write your application.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Phase 2

    Application Questions

    Survey Monkey and Technical Questions

    Phase 1 vs. Phase 2

    Phase 2

    Looking for help with the Phase 2 Network Investment Grant from CFBNJ? Here are answers to frequently asked questions that might help. If you still require assistance, please email networkgrants@cfbnj.org for support.

      • Grant Application Open date: Thursday, July 6th, 2023
      • Grant Application Closing & Due Date: September 8th, 2023
        • This grant will support larger projects, capacity building, and innovation between $25,000 – $100,000.

      Example of Supported projects:

          • Create or Expand Space
            • Ex: For Client Service Model
          • Expand/Upgrage electrical
            • Ex: For Internet Services
          • Large equipment and/or Expand Storage Space
            • Ex: Walk-in cold storage
          • Programs that promote health and wellness
            • Ex: Build a kitchen to support healthy cooking classes and training
            • Ex: Build community gardens
            • Expand programs that help neighbors access SNAP Benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits
          • Vehicles for existing or innovovatice programs
            • Ex: New Cargo or Passenger vehicles to bring food to seniors

      Small to Mid-Scale Infrastructure Projects – Up to $25,000

        • These projects bring needed upgrades and/or refurbish existing Infrastructure (examples)
          • ADA ramp
          • Generator
          • System Upgrade (I.e., HVAC, Security)
          • New roof
          • Refresh facility
    • You should not purchase items before you submit the application. You must submit the application first and wait for it to be reviewed. Depending on the review, you may or may not be rewarded a grant. In addition, the grant spending does not begin until 1/1/24 and retroactive payments prior to 1/1/24 will not be accepted.

    • $100,000 is the maximum for this Phase 2 Grant. Typically, in grant processes, you are awarded an amount that is partial.

    • No, the amount that you apply for cannot be promised to you during the application process. The hundreds of applications we expect to receive will be reviewed individually. We will carefully budget and choose grant recipients for the needs across our network.

    Application Questions

    • Where can I find my EIN and 501c3 Letter?

      For this application, you need both your EIN (Employer Identification Number) and 501c3 Letter of Determination. We suggest using this website to locate your EIN: www.guidestar.org. If you belong to a larger, central organization, you must enter the EIN of that organization. To location your organization’s EIN, you can use the IRS website search toolkit.

      For your 501c3 Letter of Determination, you will need to contact the leader of your organization or parent organization for a copy of the letter.

    • An IRS (Internal Revenue Service) tax form is used to confirm specific identification information, such as the applicant organization’s EIN (Employee Identification Number), organization name, and address, and is certified with a signature by the responsible person in the organization. CFBNJ requires the W-9 to distribute funds awarded to each grantee.

    • An “Employer Identification Number” (EIN) is a unique number assigned by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to a public charity, religious institution, or business so that is easily can identify the organization. For this grant, organizations that are part of a larger, central organization must submit the EIN of the larger, central organization. It will be used for verification with the IRS website. These organizations also may have their own EIN to use on their W-9 Form (see below), but it cannot be used for IRS verification.

    • The 501(c)(3) determination letter is a legal document issued by the IRS. It proves an organization such as a public charity or a house of worship has federal tax-exempt status. After the organization applies for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code, the IRS responds to the organization with a “determination letter of approval.”

      • Organization that are part of a larger, often regional or national organization, such as faith-based partners, must submit the IRS Determination Letter of their larger, central organization
    • (Only required from networkpartners that are part of a larger, central organization)

      • These network partners must submit a tie-in letter from the larger organization that states the local organization is a member of the larger, central organization.
      • The tie-in letter must include the name of the local organization and their address and EIN.
      • In place of the tie-in letter, a directory from the larger, central organization is accepted if it includes the local organization’s name
      • This document is not required from a network partner, which is a stand-alone, independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

    Survey Monkey and Technical Questions

    Have an issue with your application and can’t figure it out? Tell us your name and organization and which Step and Task you are stuck on. Email our team at networkgrants@cfbnj.org, and the person best equipped to support you will reach out.

    • Click “Save and Continue Editing” before exiting. Your items will be saved, and you can resume your application at another time.

    • One reason might be that you did not complete a section before moving on to the next section. Try going back, finding which section needs to be completed, and then submitting it.

    • Did you fill out and complete Task 1 (Verify, select Submit, and then Mark Complete)? Go back and do so, refresh, and it should work again.

    • Contact us at networkgrants@cfbnj.org

    • Report this issue by emailing us at networkgrants@cfbnj.org, and we will get back to you ASAP. In the meantime, manually work on your application outside of the website, research the costs of items you’re applying for, and create a document to temporarily type your grant information in before you can get back into your account.

    • Yes, we have grant writing support available. Our Women Fighting Hunger (WFH) grant support team, a group of volunteer women dedicated to assist our efforts to fight food insecurity, is available for a variety of assistance measures, including one-to-one help to write your application. Apply for grant-writing assistance.

    • If you know your needs, mission, and budget, you’re on your way to writing a great grant. You’re telling a story of the work you do and what could make you days easier.

    Phase 1 vs. Phase 2

      • Phase 1 – Immediate operational needs required to conduct daily distributions of food. Funding is limited to $750,000 total and has been awarded based on the entire application pool.
      • Phase 2 – Grants will support larger projects, capacity building, and innovation that require more funding to successfully complete. We have earmarked more than $2.5M for Phase 2.

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