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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Historic Government Shutdown Puts Thousands at Risk of Hunger

Historic Government Shutdown Puts Thousands at Risk of Hunger

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The government shutdown, poised to become the longest one in U.S. history, has left approximately 800,000 federal workers in financial limbo. More than 5,000 of these employees live in New Jersey. Many have continued to work without pay, while others stay at home waiting for a resolution to the impasse. Today marked their first missed paychecks, paychecks that they rely on to support themselves and their families.

In some cases, the furlough has forced government employees to tap into their savings, rely on credit cards, or crowdsource funds to make ends meet. Many have turned to their local food pantries and soup kitchens to put food on the table.

Kimberly Paige, who has worked for the IRS as a Program Assistant for thirty years, is one such employee in need of extra help because of the shutdown. This morning, she visited Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, one of the FoodBank’s partner agencies that has opened its doors to furloughed workers, allowing them to skip the line and make their food selections in private to avoid the embarrassment that many of them feel.

“It’s been a day-to-day waiting game. I don’t know when my bills are going to get paid or if they’re going to get paid,” Kimberly told us. “It’s very hard. I’ve never had to visit a pantry like this before.”

Sonia, a Program Assistant for the TSA for fifteen years, is another furloughed worker who visited a food pantry for the first time this morning. She has been watching the news every day, waiting for the shutdown to end.

“I paid this month’s bills with some money that I had left from last month, but my bills for February–that’s the question,” she said. “It’s scary for me because I’m the head of my household, and I have a lot of responsibilities.”

At the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, we know all too well that hunger can strike at any time. Sudden loss of pay is one possible emergency that can bring someone to a food pantry, and those who struggle to make ends meet are often forced to make tough choices, like deciding whether to pay for housing or food. According to a 2017 report by the employment website CareerBuilder, 78% of American workers say that they’re living paycheck to paycheck.

The FoodBank’s resources are already stretched and will become even more strained if furloughed federal employees in New Jersey, like Kimberly and Sonia, continue to miss paychecks.

To make matters worse, the FoodBank will not be able to close the gap for nearly 800,000 New Jersey SNAP recipients if the shutdown drags on and they lose their benefits. For every one meal provided by food banks nationally, SNAP provides twelve, according to a Feeding America estimate. Though SNAP is managed by the state, the funds for monthly assistance are provided by the federal government. Today, the New Jersey Department of Human Services announced that it will issue February benefits early, but the availability of funds for March is unknown at this time.

Families that receive supplemental food via federal programs like SNAP are often forced to visit food pantries and soup kitchens at the end of each month, once their income and benefits have run out. If the federal government remains shut down, the FoodBank anticipates heightened need all month long, with more people in need of a limited amount of food.

Local business-owners may also feel the loss of federal assistance programs, with fewer people visiting corner grocery stores and other businesses that traditionally serve low-income populations.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is here when our hungry neighbors need it. We partner with more than 1,000 organizations, like Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, that help us get nutritious food to people in need in their communities.

“This furlough is scary,” said Kimberly Paige. “You have mortgages, rents, families to take care of. Thankfully, I can come here and get some food, and that money that I would’ve spent on food I can spend on paying certain bills that I need to pay.”

Make a donation to help the Community FoodBank of New Jersey keep up with the increasing need in our state. 

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