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

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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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Statement from Carlos M. Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, on the Expiration of CARES Act Unemployment Provisions

Statement from Carlos M. Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, on the Expiration of CARES Act Unemployment Provisions

Statement from Carlos M. Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, on the Expiration of CARES Act Unemployment Provisions 1280 550 CFBNJ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Williams, Communications & Public Relations Manager

nwilliams@cfbnj.org / 908-355-3663 ext. 282

STATEMENT FROM CARLOS M. RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE COMMUNITY FOODBANK OF NEW JERSEY, ON

THE EXPIRATION OF CARES ACT UNEMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS

State’s largest anti-hunger, anti-poverty organization anticipates increased food insecurity rates if enhanced federal

unemployment benefits are not extended

HILLSIDE, NJ—July 31, 2020

More than 750,000 of our New Jersey neighbors are now faced with the loss of the enhanced federal unemployment benefit that has been providing unemployed workers with an additional $600 per week to help them make ends meet through this unprecedented health and economic crisis. While the pandemic continues, this critical relief has expired – leaving approximately one in six New Jerseyans who would otherwise be working without this lifeline. We at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) call on Congress to ensure that the next stimulus bill extends the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit to keep unemployed workers and their families from unjustly struggling with hunger. In addition, we ask our Senators to support an increase of SNAP benefits in Congress’s next coronavirus relief package.

Unemployment is the single largest predictor of food insecurity, and if our Congressional representatives fail to act, they will be putting our neighbors at risk of hunger. In fact, according to Feeding America, New Jersey is already projected to see a 56% increase in food insecurity directly related to COVID-19. This is significantly higher than projections for the US as a whole and for any of our neighboring states.

While the response from New Jerseyans has been tremendous as CFBNJ has worked around the clock to help our struggling neighbors, charity alone will not be able to fill the need caused by the pandemic. Our elected representatives must step in with the effective and proven solutions that we know will reduce and prevent hunger. These solutions not only include extending the enhanced federal unemployment insurance benefit but also leveraging the power of SNAP to reduce hunger and stimulate the economy.

SNAP is our nation’s frontline defense against hunger, effectively and efficiently rising to meet the need during economic shocks and financial crises. We saw, during the last recession, that a temporary increase to SNAP benefits actually reduced food insecurity, despite occurring during what had been the greatest economic downturn of recent history. For every dollar spent on the SNAP program, $1.70 was generated in the economy. SNAP is vital to CFBNJ’s work. Last year, we provided enough food for over 66 million nutritious meals across our 15-county service area. Yet, for every meal provided by the Feeding America network, of which CFBNJ is a member, SNAP provides nine. SNAP is an efficient and cost-effective way to mitigate hunger, and New Jersey families need it now more than ever.

All sectors of society must work together to ensure that families nationwide – many of whom are facing hunger for the first time due to this pandemic – are not forced to choose between putting food on table or paying for other essentials. CFBNJ stands ready to work with our government partners to ensure a final stimulus bill includes the extension of enhanced federal unemployment, a boost to SNAP benefits, and other measures that will help those facing hunger in our state and around the country.

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, has been delivering food, help and hope across the state for 45 years. Last year, CFBNJ provided nutritious food for over 66 million meals through its network of more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. For our hungry neighbors, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful agent of change that fills the emptiness caused by hunger and provides resources that are essential to earning a sustainable living.

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