CFBNJ, Mercer Street Friends, and Norwescap Confer Grant Awards to 292 Community Partners

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends, and NORWESCAP announced the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and other local food assistance charities across 18 counties to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network capacity. Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 were given to help community organizations sustain their operations and expand their capabilities during this time of heightened food insecurity by funding additional refrigeration, household and hygiene items for clients, equipment to enable outdoor distributions, and other critical needs. 

This first round of the three food banks’ larger, multi-year Network Investment Initiative was launched in collaboration with the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s Endurance Grants program, with additional funds provided by the State of New Jersey through the CARES Act. Distribution of grant funds was facilitated by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. 

Approximately 95% of the grant applications received reported significant increases in demand for food assistance over the past year, and elevated levels of food insecurity precipitated by COVID-19 will likely persist long after the pandemic has ended. In the months and years ahead, the work of New Jersey’s food pantries and soup kitchens will remain more important than ever before.  

Congratulations to all of the community partners that received grants!

Atlantic County
Atlantic Cape Family Organization
Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
Career Opportunity Development, Inc.
Epiphany Lutheran Church Food Pantry
Friends of Jean Webster, Inc.:  Sister Jean’s Pantry
Grace Beyond Our Doors at Community Church of the Nazarene
Hamilton Township Schools/Shaner School
Main Street Pantry
Pleasantville Center for Hispanic Outreach (PCHO)
Pleasantville SDA
The Salvation Army Atlantic City Corps
South Jersey AIDS Alliance
Spanish Community Center
St. Andrew by the Sea Church
Victory AME Zion Church
Westminister Christian Worship Center 

Bergen County 
Berkeley College Foundation
Buddies of New Jersey, Inc
The Food Brigade Inc
Franciscan Community Development Center of Fairview
Garfield YMCA
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS)
Mount Olive Baptist Church
North Jersey Vineyard Church
The Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia
Seventh Day Adventist Church El Faro
Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity
Varick Memorial Food Pantry 

Burlington County
Southside Baptist Church of Lumberton, NJ 

Camden County
Better Tomorrows 

Cape May County
Bethel Commandment Church
Caring for Kids
Coalition Against Rape & Abuse, Inc. (CARA)
Holy Redeemer NJ Food Pantry
Lazarus House Ministries, Inc.
Seashore Community Church “Gleaning Center” 

Cumberland County
Bridgeton Assembly of God
Building New Lives Inc. 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
First United Methodist Bridgeton
Gateway Community Action Partnership
Holly City Development Corporation
Panamericana Seventh Day Adventist Church – Food Pantry
The Salvation Army Vineland
St. John United Methodist Church
Vineland Ministerium 

Essex County
Allen Village
The Apostles’ House
Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry
Bethlehem Community Church
Bethlehem French SDA Church
Blessed Sacrament-St Charles Borromeo Church
Bloomfield Presbyterian Church
Calvary Baptist Church
Calvary Touch of God Ministry Inc. 
Canaan Baptist Church
Christ Glory Community Development Center
Church at Shalom Inc
Church of Epiphany Outreach
Church of the Eternal God
Church of the Oranges Pantry
CIAO Manna from Heaven
Circle of Life Shelter
Covenant House New Jersey
Deeper Life Bible Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Ebenezer Food Pantry
Emmanuel Church of Christ
First Hopewell Baptist Church
First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Montclair
FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc.
Franciscan Charities
Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church
Greater New Point Missionary Baptist Church
Haitian Baptist Church Crossroads
Helping Hands and Ears
Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry
House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry
House of Mercy Ministries
Iglesia Cristiana Evangelio Completo Food Pantry
Igreja Evangelica Vida Nova
Ironbound Community Corporation
Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (INIC)
Isaiah House
Jo-Beth Inc
Joi’s Angels
Little Zion UAME Church
Love of Jesus Family Church of Belleville
Love of Jesus Ministries
Men and Women of Value
Mount Olives Church of God
Mount Zion Baptist Church
New Born Holy Church Food Pantry
New Ephesus Baptist Church
New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange
New United Neighbor Dev Child Carecenter
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Bible Fellowship Church
North Jersey Community Research Initiative
Nutley Family Service Bureau, Inc.
Oheb Shalom Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry
Park United Methodist Church
PFCD Food Pantry
Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Praise Temple Economic and Community Development Inc.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God
The Redeemed Christian Church of God Overcomers Chapel, NJ
Reveal To Heal Consulting
Revival Temple Holiness Church
Roseville Presbyterian Church
The Salvation Army Montclair
The Salvation Army Westside Corps
Solid Rock Baptist Church Food Pantry
St. James Social Service Corporation
St. John Baptist Church
St. Paul Tabernacle of Divine Prophecy Inc.
Tree House Ent Cultural Arts Movement, Inc.
Trinity UAME Church
Tzu Chi Food Pantry
United Community Corporation
Urban League of Essex County
Vincent UMC Care Pantry
Willing Heart Community Care Center 

Hudson County
At The Feet Of Jesus Luke 10:39
Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF)
Bethany Lutheran Church
Brian P. Stack Civic Association
Curries Woods
Dvine Konektion Community Development Corporation
Episcopal Jersey City CDC – Triangle Park
First Assembly of God
First Presbyterian Church of Arlington
Hoboken Community Center
Leaders Without Limits of NJ LLC
Let’s Celebrate
Mt. Sinai Full Gospel Church
Palisade Emergency Residence Corp
The Salvation Army Jersey City
The Salvation Army Kearny
The Salvation Army Union City
St. John’s Lutheran Church Food pantry
Woodcliff Christian Harvest 

Hunterdon County
Fisherman’s Mark
Flemington Area Food Pantry
Good News Home, Inc. – AKA Good News Home for Women
Hunterdon Youth Services Inc
North Hunterdon Community Food Pantry
Open Cupboard Food Pantry
Round Valley UMC Loaves of Love

Mercer County
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Arm in Arm
Bethel French Seventh Day Adventist Church
Bethel World Outreach Ministries
Community Action Service Center RISE
Faith Deliverance Cathedral Food Pantry
Homefront, Inc.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County
Mother Estelle Clark Food Pantry
Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton – Catholic Charities Diocese
New Covenant United Methodist Church
New Hope Church of God
NJ Adventist Community Services
Princeton Deliverance Center Food Pantry
Rehoboth Pentecostal Ministries
Rescue Mission of Trenton
Sacred Heart Parish
The Salvation Army Trenton Citadel
Samaritan Baptist Church
Share My Meals, Inc.
Trenton Deliverance Center
True Love Center Food Pantry
Turning Point United Methodist Church
United Progress, Inc.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (Amani House)

Middlesex County
Aldersgate Outreach Community Center
Broken Loaves
Calvary Chapel Crossfields
Cathedral Community Development Corporation: Mercy House
Favor Ministries
Feeding Middlesex County
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Avenel
Fish, Inc. Dunellen Area
FPC Food Pantry
Glenn and Jake Foundation of Hope
Heaven’s Helpers Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen, LLC
Hogar CREA
James O. Bryant Food Pantry
New Beginnings Food Pantry
New Destiny Family Worship Center
New Life Food Pantry 
Peter’s Pantry
Raritan Valley YMCA
Rutgers Student Food Pantry/Off-Campus Living
The Salvation Army New Brunswick
The Salvation Army Perth Amboy Corps
Skeet’s Food Pantry – First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury
St. Cecelia Food Pantry 
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry
St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
Trinity Episcopal Church
Zion Hill Baptist Church of Piscataway

Morris County
Butler Church of the Nazarene
Faith Kitchen
Jewish Relief Agency 
Loaves and Fishes
Mount Zion Baptist Church
The Salvation Army Dover
Spring Street CDC/Table of Hope
Stanhope United Methodist Church
Wharton United Community Church 

Passaic County
Center of Grace
Christian Fellowship Center
CrossRoads Food Pantry
Eva’s Village Inc.
Faith in Action Community Development Center
The First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Paterson
The Food Pantry at St. Agnes
Grandparent Relatives Care
Harvest Outreach Ministry
Heaven’s Gate Christian Fellowship
Jumpstart Community Training & Services INC
Madison Avenue Crossroads
New Hope Community Ministries
Oasis — A Haven for Women and Children
Paterson Task Force for Community Action, Inc.
The Salvation Army Passaic
The Salvation Army Paterson
Seventh Day Adventist Church 
Smile For Charity Organization
St. Luke CDC
St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation
St. Peter’s Haven
Strengthen Our Sisters
Trinity Assembly of God Feed the Need 

Salem County
Mission Teens, Inc.
The Salvation Army Salem Service Unit 

Somerset County
Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey
Feeding Hands, Inc.
God’s Co-op Pantry of Bernardsville, Basking Ridge & Peapack-Gladstone
Somerset County Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc. 

Sussex County
First Baptist Church food pantry
The Pantry
Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County Inc.
Saint Joseph Church dba Saint Mother Teresa Food Pantry
Samaritan Inn, Inc.
Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry
STP Save the people West Side UMC
Vernon United Methodist Church 

Union County
Agape Family Worship Center
Bianca F.L.O.W.E.R.S., Inc
Christ Fellowship
Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
First Baptist Church Cranford/Elizabeth
Greater Refuge Church of Christ
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Jefferson Park Ministries
Jesus is Lord
Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
Linden Food Pantry (LINCS)
Linden Presbyterian Church
Morning Star Community Development Corporation Inc
Muslim Community Soup Kitchen, Inc. 
New Destiny, CDC
Our Lady of Peace Church
Rahway Food For Friends
The Salvation Army Elizabeth
The Salvation Army Plainfield Corps
Sparrow Food Pantry: First Baptist of Hillside
StarFish Food Pantry 

Warren County
Calvary Bible Fellowship Church Food Pantry
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen
Community Food Pantry of Washington, NJ
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County
First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
First United Methodist Church of Blairstown
Foodshed Alliance
Joseph Firth Youth Center
Lord’s Pantry
The Outreach Connection, Inc.
Phillipsburg School Based Youth Services Program
River of Life
St. John’s Hope Community Food Pantry
St. Luke’s Pantry