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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Youth Volunteer and
Fundraising Opportunities in NJ

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey offers a variety of innovative programs dedicated to educating children, teens, and young adults about hunger and poverty while giving them the tools to make meaningful changes in their communities. Youth volunteer opportunities and programs are crucial for the kids themselves and the communities they’re helping. When young people engage in volunteer work, they have the chance to develop important skills like leadership, communication, and teamwork.

Our programs and unique volunteer opportunities aim to connect communities so that we can better understand the challenges faced by those around us. By giving back to their communities, youth volunteers can make a real difference in the lives of those in need, building empathy and compassion along the way. Our young volunteers benefit from these experiences and the people they’re helping receive much-needed support and care. 

There are many ways for youth to get involved, either on their own or with guidance from their teachers.

Youth Outreach & Programs Overview: All Year

  • CFBNJ offers presentations and workshops for all school levels and can be customized upon request. Topics include food insecurity in NJ, the work of CFBNJ, student outreach opportunities, why outreach is important, and more.

  • Fundraising is a powerful way for students to make an impact in their communities while learning how to advocate for social change.

  • A food drive is a powerful way to make a direct impact on food insecurity. Individuals, families, or groups join together to collect food and essential products to donate to CFBNJ.

Youth Outreach & Programs Overview: Fall & Winter

  • An interactive day of learning, including breakout workshops, student presentations, and service project discussions. This event gives students a look into work being done in their communities to fight hunger and poverty.

  • Local radio stations feature New Jersey schools’ Students Change Hunger campaigns, including student and teacher interviews.

Youth Outreach & Programs Overview: Spring & Summer

  • Students participate in a youth service event through volunteer activities and community service planning at the CFBNJ facility in Hillside. Planned and hosted by the Teen Leadership Council, this event gives students the opportunity to learn more about food insecurity and the work of  CFBNJ through outreach discussions, volunteer activities, and interactive workshops.

Teen Outreach Opportunities

CFBNJ hosts several leadership-building programs for teens, including:

  • Students Change Hunger
  • Teen Leadership Council
  • Student Care Crew
  • Teen Hunger Summit
  • Global Youth Service Day

Below, we will explain a few of our youth programs that are helping make a huge difference in our communities. Be sure to follow @cfbnjteens on Instagram for regular updates on youth outreach opportunities, student spotlights, and more!

Students Change Hunger

Students Change Hunger (SCH) is a statewide food and fund drive competition for preschoolers through college students that runs from September through January. Participating schools compete with one another to collect the most food and raise the most money, with awards and recognition given to top-performing schools.

 

How Students Can Join the Fight Against Hunger

Schools and youth community groups host food and/or fund drives at their schools to help feed our hungry New Jersey neighbors. Schools compete to donate the most food or funds to fight against hunger in our state from September to January.

 

CFBNJ Students Change Hunger 2022-2023 Results:

 

During the 2022-2023 Students Change Hunger campaign, schools and youth groups from CFBNJ’s service area collected more than 72,000 pounds of food and raised over $40,000 to support CFBNJ and our mission to fight hunger. In total, these donated resources supported over 176,900 meals for our neighbors in need.

 

Congratulations to the 2022 – 2023 Students Change Hunger State Champion, Westfield High School, Westfield, New Jersey! Students collected over 4,800 pounds of food and raised over $1,500, which provided over 8,600 meals to help our neighbors. Westfield High School has been an active force with SCH for over a decade. The seniors of Westfield HS created a strategic pick- up/drop-off plan that involved the entire town of Westfield with a map and schedule. Students went door to door as a technique to engage members of their community, bring awareness, and collect food. Westfield High School is a true testament that the impact is remarkable when young people come together.

Teen Leadership Institute

The Teen Leadership Institute program from CFBNJ is a leadership development program created for students in grades 7-12 across New Jersey. This particular program focuses on developing leadership skills, community engagement, and teen hunger awareness. Participants engage in workshops and activities that promote leadership and teamwork, as well as learn about the issue of hunger in their communities. 

Through hands-on service projects and volunteer opportunities, participants gain valuable experience in community service and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by those experiencing food insecurity. The TLI program aims to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders to positively impact their communities and fight against hunger in New Jersey.

Student Fundraisers

Fundraising is a powerful way for students to make an impact in their communities. For every $1 donated, CFBNJ can provide three nutritious meals to neighbors in need.

Checks are also welcome: The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07205 ATTN: Tim Winn (Add Youth Programs to Memo)

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