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Free food pantries, groceries and charitable food banks Bergen County.

Free food banks, soup kitchens and pantries in Bergen County New Jersey provide assistance to local individuals as well as families. They help both low income residents and those facing an emergency. Several different pantries can provide free food today, meals, groceries, personal hygiene items. and other support to the needy in the community. Find details below, as well as a phone number at the bottom of the page for other Bergen County food programs/

Find a listing of all the local pantries at charities near you, non-profit food banks, churches, as well as other organizations that are dedicated to providing resources, support, or advice. The programs are available to Hackensack and Bergen County New Jersey residents. There may also be emergency SNAP applications or free Christmas or Thanksgiving baskets as well as Meals on Wheels.

Every year tens of thousands of low income, elderly, disabled, and unemployed access the food pantries across the county. Clients are able to receive help that allows them to make it through a difficult period. Some items provided may include free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, fresh fruits, vegetables, and emergency food boxes. Many of the charities even have items like baby formula, diapers, personal hygiene or cleaning supplies, and clothing. People even turn to online services, such as Craigslist, for free items, including household or foodstuff, in the county. Locate free stuff on Craigslist near you.

Find free groceries from charities and food distribution centers in Bergen County below

St. Cecilia Church/Office of Concern
Address - 85 Demarest Avenue, Englewood. Call - 201-794-5327 or try (201) 568-1465/201-256-7179
Volunteers collect items from the region, including stores such as Wal-Mart .Income qualified applicants can be given free food, hygiene items, baby formula, and more. They also process applications for the WIC - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or have Christmas meals and gifts for families. Immigrants and Spanish speakers can get food, groceries, cultural goods and other supplies.

Center For Food Action
This food pantry (which as multiple locations per below) serves the entire county, including the towns and cities of Carlstadt, Teaneck, East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, North Arlington, Wood-Ridge, Hackensack, and Wallington New Jersey among others. Center for Food Action has multiple locations in the area. They are located below.

 

 

 

The various locations provide residents with a free food pantry, referrals to other charities and social service organizations, or emergency utility bill as well as housing assistance. There is also  budgeting and nutritional counseling, among other resources. Low income and unemployed (or gig workers) in Bergen County can get free groceries, household items like detergent or soap or toilet paper and more.

In addition, they offer personal care products, paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, supermarket gift cards. Clients can not only receive a bag of free groceries, but staff also help them apply for SNAP food stamps or school lunches for their child. Read more on food pantry at Center for Food Action.

  • One free food location is 192 W. Demarest Avenue,Englewood, NJ 07631. Call 201.569.1804
  • Another location is 90 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ. Call 201-529-2029
  • 301 Hoboken Road, Carlstadt, NJ 07072. Telephone: 201-933-4268
  • S239 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022, Telephone: 201-945-5831
  • 316 First Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Telephone: 201-883-9375
  • 90 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430, Telephone: 201-529-2029
  • 224 Midland Ave., Saddle Brook, NJ, Telephone: 201-703-9857
  • 451 Grand Avenue, Palisades Park 07650, Telephone: 201-242-001

Mt Zion Baptist Church
Address is 22A Sand Rd, Westwood, NJ. Call 917-887-0131/917-399-9291

Faith Reformed Church
Main address is 95 Washington Street, Lodi, NJ. Phone - 646-596-6408
Programs include a free emergency food bank, soup kitchen, and free stuff/basic needs.

North Jersey Vineyard Church
The parish is at 310 Phillips Ave, South Hackensack, NJ. Call 201-785-7270

Helping Hands of Teaneck
The free pantry (and feeding site) is at 191 The plaza, Teaneck, New Jersey. Telephone 201-357-2545
Various social services and assistance programs are offered. Get free dry and canned goods, paper products like toilet paper, free ingredients or groceries for holiday meals and more. There may be cereal, pasta, sauce, bread, baby formula and so much more.

 

 

 

 

Presentation Church
271 West Saddle River Rd, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Call 201-638-5549

Jewish Family Services of Bergen County
Address is 1485 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Phone - (201) 837-9090
There is emergency food and financial help, information on scholarship programs and more. They also help immigrants, Spanish speakers, and refugees.

St. Francis de Sales
125 Union Street, Lodi, NJ. Main number is (973) 779-4330
The free pantry has many items in Bergen County. Get supplies such as Shelf Stable or Dry Milk, fruits or vegetables, rice, pasta, and more. The low-income, disabled, single moms and others from the region can get help.

All Acces Community Development
Main address is 351 First Street, Hackensack, New Jersey. Telephone - 917-863-4416
Whether grants for bills, or benefits such as surplus commodities or Meals on Wheels, they help feed the poor as well as struggling families. Immigrants and non-English speakers can get help too.

The Food Brigade
185 W. Madison Ave, Dumont, NJ. Call 201-614-4414

Greater Bergen Community Action Agency
Location is 392 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Dial 201-968-0200 for programs.
The non-profit serves meals to the homeless, elderly, and anyone that is hungry, no questions asked. There are also free food programs. This is a non-profit poverty fighting agency. Everything from employment to SNAP food stamps, grants to pay bills, baby formula, WIC vouchers for single mom and other help is offered. More information on Greater Bergen Community Action Agency assistance programs.

Grace Redemmer Church
Location is 21 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ. Call 201-704-2676

North Side Food Pantry
The charity is at Address: 90 Jefferson Street Paterson, NJ - 07522. Contact (201) 891-1782.

Family Promise Of Bergen County
Address - 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood New Jersey 07450. Telephone number: 201-833-8009
Provides help and support to working homeless families that have children.

Christ Episcopal Church - Hope and Faith
The pantry is at 480 Warwick Avenue, Teaneck, NJ. For hours, call (201) 833-4502 or 201-666-1100

 

 

 

 

Varick Memorial Food Pantry
The main location is 120 Atlantic St., Hackensack, New Jersey. Call 201-674-7024

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
29 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ 07621. Dial (201) 384-0101. Telephone number of the pantry is 201-384-0101. Call them for food or information on assistance programs.

Salvation Army Family Services - There are several centers and free, emergency food pantries in Bergen County. Resources include a free food pantry, soup kitchen, as well as Christmas or Thanksgiving meals. They feed students during the summer or holidays, give lunches to the homeless and immigrants, and offer financial aid too.

  • Salvation Army – Second Reform Church, 36 Union Street, Hackensack - Food and meals are provided on  Tues./Thurs. 10:00A.M.-1:00P.M.; Hot meals on Sundays only: 12:30P.M. Call for help - 201-336-6000 x6501. Many social services are run. They operate a soup kitchen, provide holiday meals, and financial aid for bills. Gift cards may also be provided for special dietary needs.
  • Englewood Salvation Army, 380 S. VanBrunt St, Englewood, New Jersey 07631, call (201) 503-9400. The non-profit helps the vulnerable. Single moms can request a meal or box of infant formula, there are Christmas food baskets and Angel Tree gift program, and thrift store, and other aid.

There are other locations too. The Salvation Army is a church based agency, but they serve anyone in need in Bergen County, no matter their religion, income, or immigration status. More on Salvation Army Bergen County food assistance programs.

Faith And Hope Food Pantry located at Christ Church
Address is 480 Warwick Ave. Teaneck, NJ 07666. Dial the location at 201-833-4502
The non-profit will have canned meats, personal hygiene items, soup, and other groceries. Examples may be pasta, baby formula, cereal, Ensure for seniors and other groceries.

St Joseph’s Church
115 E. Fort Lee Road, Bogota, New Jersey. Telephone: 201-438-3200 or  (201) 342-6300
Food and referrals are provided by this Bergen County church. They also serve Christmas and Thanksgiving meals in Bergen County.

Cliffside Park Borough Hall - Epiphany Roman Catholic Church
Address -  247 Knox Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010. Telephone: 201-943-7320
This location services Cliffside Park and surrounding areas (Fairview, Edgewater, Fort Lee)

St. Margaret Of Cortona Food Pantry
Address - 31 Chamberlain Avenue, Little Ferry, NJ 07643. Telephone number - 201-641-2988
Non-perishable food is offered.

Closter Borough Hall
295 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey. Telephone number: 201-784-0600

Holy Rosary Church Pantry
Church address - 56 365 Undercliff Ave, Edgewater, NJ 07020 Telephone number: (201) 945-6329
Clients include very low income families and the working poor. The pantry is combined with a Meals on Wheels program for senior citizens and the homebound in Bergen County.

Englewood Center for Food Action
192 W Demarest Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631. Telephone: 201-569-1804
May have items like free food for the low income, perishable items, breads, rice, and more.

St. John The Baptist Church Food Pantry
Location is 239 Anderson Ave, Fairview, NJ 07022. Call for information - 201-461-7241

Lyndhurst Food Pantry, part of the Lyndhurst Health Department
253 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Telephone number - 201-804-2500
Hours of center are Mon-Thurs: 1:30-4pm
This local food pantry provides free food, groceries and toiletries to Lyndhurst residents only.

Friends for Life – Serves HIV/AIDS Clients only
1576 Palisade Avenue, Ft. Lee
Hours of Operation: Mon./Fri. (by appointment only), Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Dial 973-773-2444 for information, free food, or other support.

Calvary Baptist Food and Clothing Pantry
419 Harrison Avenue, Garfield
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M
Telephone: 973-253-8557
Clothing for work and school may be distributed. Also holiday meals and gifts. Bergen County families can get shelter, bags of food, and much more. Aid is limited to available funding and donations.

Loaves and Fishes Interfaith Food Pantry
66 Palisade Ave, Garfield, NJ 07026. Call - (973) 253-8557 or 201-646-3947
Referrals are given to churches that help the poor. Information on financial aid, a bag of groceries, transportation, and more is available. This particular site provides families and individuals with a free food pantry supported by a Christian Volunteer Organization working toward easing the hunger problem in Garfield. Items provided include free food, hygiene items, cleaning products, and much more.

Hackensack Department of Human Services
Address of main office - 215 State St, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Dial -  201-646-3947
Families living in poverty can apply for SNAP food stamps, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and USDA commodities. There are also free school lunch and meal programs for students, emergency SNAP EBT cards for Bergen County NJ and other benefits.

Buddies of New Jersey, Inc.
149 Hudson Street, Hackensack, New Jersey. Telephone: 201-489-2900
Information Needed to Qualify: Program for AIDS/HIV positive clients only
Area Served: Bergen and Passaic counties. Among other things, this Bergen County New Jersey pantry provides access to a free food pantry, support groups, counseling, transportation, information on government programs such as food stamps, and an evening help line.

 

 

 

 

On Our Own
179 Main Street, Hackensack
Hours  - Mon.-Fri. Noon-7:00P.M.; Sat.-Sun. 1:00P.M.-6:00 P.M. (on a limited basis)
Dial the pantry at - 201-968-0200
Both canned and perishable food (such as fruit, vegetables, and meat) is offered.

Hasbrouck Heights Borough Hall
218-222 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Hts.. Phone number of center is  201-288-0195
This pantry can help Hasbrouck Heights residents only

Hillsdale Board of Health/Helping Hands, Interfaith Food Pantry
United Methodist Church 349 Hillsdale Avenue, Hillsdale NJ. Telephone: 201-664-0600
Towns and cities helped are Pascack Valley Area: Hillsdale, River Vale, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake
Hours - Mon. 5:30P.M.-6:45P.M. / 1st Sat. of month 9:00A.M.-11:00A.M.
Bergen County families can be given help from the pantry. Boxes of groceries may have pasta, soup, coffee, dairy, and more.

St. Margaret of Cortona
31 Chamberlain Avenue, New Jersey. Telephone: 201-641-2988
Little Ferry, Moonachie are the towns served by this food bank.
Hours - 1st and 3rd Wed. 10:00 A.M.-Noon
An emergency food pantry is at the charity. In addition to the food pantry, get help in apply for public aid like food stamps, WIC, and summer meals (breakfast and lunch) for students on break.

Sacred Heart Church
324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst
The church passes out food from Mon.-Fri. 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Call 201-934-5085 for information or assistance.

Rochelle Pk/Maywood Welfare
151 W. Passaic Street, Rm. 160, Rochelle Park
The government office helps the low income in Maywood, Rochelle Park NJ.
Hours - Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M.
Telephone: 201-262-5405 or 201-836-8961
Applications are given to government programs. They include Emergency Food Assistance Program, WIC, TANF cash grants, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Church of the Ascension Food Pantry
256 Azalea Drive, New Milford
Hours of Operation: 3rd Mon. 9-11:00A.M. / 6-8:00P.M. 3rd Tues. 9-10:00A.M.
Telephone: 201-997-0700

Queen of Peace Church
Church address is 14 Ridge Road, North Arlington
Only North Arlington residents are able to apply for assistance.
Hours -Sat. 9:30A.M.-10:30A.M.
Telephone number: 201-337-8111 x 215
Dozens of boxes of free, USDA approved food boxes are passed out monthly.

Oakland Borough Hall
Address - 1 Municipal Plaza, Oakland, NJ
Food bank hours - Mon.-Fri. 8:30A.M.-4:30 P.M. Call ahead.
Telephone: 201-242-0018

Paramus Department  of Human Services
Location - 93 North Farview Ave, Paramus
Free food is passed out on Mon.-Fri. Call between 9:00A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dial - 201-573-9083

Pascack Food Center
65 Pascack Road, Park Ridge
This food center provides food, groceries, and assistance to Pascack Valley Area, which includes Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Park Ridge, Westwood, & others in Bergen County NJ.
Hours of Operation: Tues./Thurs. 9-11:00A.M. (new clients who are asking for food need to call first)
Telephone: 201-943-7172

Ridgefield Welfare
Address - 585 Edison Street, Ridgefield
The regions of Leonia, Little Ferry, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, and Palisades Park are served help.
Hours - Mon.-Fri. 9:00A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Telephone: 201-641-6464

St. Francis Food for Friends
Address of food distribution - 114 Mt. Vernon Street, Ridgefield Pk., New Jersey
Telephone: 201-444-2980
Items available in Bergen County include fruit, Senior Brown Bag, Thanksgiving food baskets, and home delivery for the disabled and elderly.

Social Services of Ridgewood
6 Station Plaza, Ridgewood
Bergen County New Jersey cities and towns served are. Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Waldwick, Glen Rock
Food bank - Hours - Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Telephone number - 201-933-1225
They also help feed children from low income families during the summer months.

Rutherford Community Food Pantry
Location - 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford
Hours - Mon./Thurs. 2-4:00P.M., Wed. 5-7:00 P.M.
Dial - 201-833-4502/4503

St. Andrew’s Church
120 Washington Ave, Westwood, New Jersey
Residents of Westwood and adjoining towns can call pantry for free food.
Hours -Thurs. 7:30 P.M.
Phone number - 201-891-7494

St. Joseph Food Pantry
Address - 115 East Fort Lee Road, Bogota, NJ 07603
Telephone number - 201-342-6300
Food Pantry Hours: Office - Mon-Fri: 8:30 am-4pm

Church of the Epiphany
247 Knox Avenue, Church Rectory, Cliffside Park, New Jersey 07010
Dial for help - 201-943-7320

Holy Rosary Church Pantry
Address - 26 Edgewater Place, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Telephone number- 201-945-6329
Case management and referrals are provided along with healthy food. There may also be meats, baby formula, and referrals to local clinics.

 

 

 

 

Fairlawn Food Pantry
8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Suite 112
Telephone number of the pantry is - 201-794-5333
This Bergen County New Jersey site provides a pantry, referrals to other local charities, non-profits, and social service organizations, and can offer financial assistance too for bills.

Good Shepherd Inc. – Friends for Life -
1576 Palisade Avenue Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone number - 201-461-7241
Hours of the food bank are Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Pantry: Wed & Thurs: 10am-3pm
Offers meals, lunches, dinners, food, and groceries.  Personal care items provided too.

Church Of The Ascension Food Pantry
Address of the pantry is - S256 Azalea Drive New Milford, NJ 07646
Telephone number: 201-262-5405 or 201-836-8961

St. Michaels Food Pantry
Food pantry address is - 19 East Central Boulevard, Palisade Park, New Jersey 07650
Telephone number - 201-944-1061
The charity provides food, meals, and other household items.

St. Francis Food For Friends
Location of the center is - 114 Mount Vernon Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Telephone number - 201-641-6464
A food pantry is run at the location.

Ponds Reformed Church
341 Ramapo Valley Rd.
The number is 201-337-6744, and the free pantry is open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 2 PM.

Additional food assistance programs in Bergen County

There are dozens of other pantries and soup kitchens in Bergen County that may be near you. For more information, dial 908.355.3663. Or low income families can get advice on applying for SNAP, information on budgeting and using coupons, and other social services. Or even apply for free school lunches or Breakfast plans for Bergen County schools.

By Jon McNamara

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