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Atlantic County food banks and pantries.

In an effort to prevent hunger, food banks across Atlantic County assist low income families as well as people facing a one time crisis. There are non-profit pantries as well as locations based at churches and local charity organizations. Many of them also partner with the state and county government on their food assistance programs.

The resources available at a food pantry in southern New Jersey as well as Atlantic County are focused on struggling households. Locations may offer free bags of groceries, snacks for children, or hot meals. Staff will also be able to help clients meet other needs, whether it is clothing, applications to SNAP food stamps, provide USDA commodities, or more. So the pantries are wide ranging in what they do.

The types of goods as well as the hours of each pantry will vary widely. It is recommended that residents call a location before stopping by. Some of the sites are below.

Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Main address - 2009 Bacharach Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
Phone (609) 345 – 5517
This charity focuses on the homeless and working poor in the county. Hot meals, cleaning supplies, clothing, and shelter may all be provided.
Another Rescue Mission is at 436 W Garfield Ave, Wildwood, NJ, 08260. Call (609) 522 – 9802. This is the main pantry run by the group.

Beacon Evangelical Free Church
420 S Sixth Ave
Galloway, 76 W Landis Ave Suite C
Vineland, NJ, 08360
(609) 748 - 0001
The Hope Chest program is a food bank. It offers free clothing, non-perishable food, and personal hygiene and care items.





Spanish Community Center
303 Sumner St
Landisville, NJ, 08326
Main number is (856) 697 - 2967

Catholic Charities Diocese of Atlantic City
Address: 9 N Georgia Ave
Atlantic City, 76 W Landis Ave Suite C
Vineland, NJ, 08360
(609) 345 – 3448
Baby supplies as well as free food, meals, and even financial aid is provided. Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts and food may be provided as well in Atlantic County.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic Counties
Location is 607 N Jerome Ave
Margate City, NJ, 08402
(609) 822 - 1108

Community Outreach Group
96 King's Hwy
Middletown, NJ, 07748
Telephone - (732) 671 - 8775
Women are the main clients to the Calico Food Pantry and Cupboard. Households supplies are also provided.

Hamilton Township of Atlantic County Social Services
Address - 1309 Rte 50
Mays Landing, NJ, 08330
Phone - (609) 625 – 1212
Applications to SNAP food stamps as well as congregate and home delivered meals are distributed. Also, learn about energy bill assistance, WIC, and other aid.





Main Street Food Pantry
6011 Main St.
Mays Landing, NJ, 08330
Telephone - (609) 625 – 9446
Non perishables and frozen vegetables are passed out in an emergency.

Salvation Army - Atlantic City
22 S Texas Ave
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
Phone - (609) 344 – 0660
Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, including Angel Tree gift program are run. They also have funds for bills or housing, a thrift store, and more. A focus is on the working poor as well as children and seniors.

St Nicholas-Tolentine Church
1409 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Telephone: (609) 344-1040

PathStone – Vineland Food Pantry
76 W Landis Ave Suite C
Vineland, NJ, 08360
Dial (800) 624 - 1432
A one to two day supply of soy milk, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, pasta, cereal, baby formula, frozen chicken, and salmon is on site.




Community Food Bank
6735 East Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
(609) 383-8843

For information on other programs, dial 856-662-4884. There are agencies that deliver meals to seniors or offer surplus USDA commodities. Other resources in Atlantic County may be free school lunches for  children and referrals.


By Jon McNamara

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