Camden County free holiday assistance.

During the holiday season in Camden County, families can turn to non-profits and charities for free food, meals, and gifts for their children. There are organizations that help people of all backgrounds and ages, ranging from the youth to seniors.

Many of the charities will try to provide some type of meal or food basket. For those households with children, a toy or some type of small gift may also be provided, and this can be from programs such as Angel Tree and others. Other assistance may range from gift certificates to a visit for someone in a nursing home.

If one of the organizations is out of resources or if their waiting lists are filled, then they will often try to provide referrals to other Camden New Jersey organizations that may be able to help.

Camden Rescue Mission
1634 Broadway
Camden, New Jersey, 08104
Main number is (856) 966 - 2495
There may be new, wrapped presents for children in the region. The sign up period starts in November. In addition, the homeless and families facing poverty may be served a free Christmas meal or they are provided with a food basket.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden
They have several different centers in the county, and various churches help those households in the parish. While there are waiting lists in place, and resources are limited, the charity has a food pantry, offers financial aid, and yearly holiday assistance.

Each church that is part of the Diocese collects donations and provides holiday gifts, free toys, and food. The items can poor families or single moms with children enjoy the celebration and joy of the Christmas season.

  • St. Anthony's center is at 2818 River Rd, Camden, NJ, 08105. Call (856) 342 – 4100 for outreach and information.
  • Community Center at St. Joe's is located at 2907 Federal St, Camden, New Jersey, 08105. Dial the location at (856) 342 – 4193.




  • The church at Haddon Ave is also part of Catholic Charities. This site is at 1845 Haddon Ave, Camden, New Jersey, 08103 and the number for information is (856) 342 – 4193.

Center for Family Services Clementon
Main address is 180 White Horse Pk
Clementon, NJ, 08021
Main number is (856) 309 - 1019
Most of the holiday help is from their clothing closet, which offers toys, games, winter coats, and other support. The non-profit provides many other services such as referrals, wrap around care, free food, and maybe vouchers as well. There is also support for victims of domestic violence in Camden County.

Mental Health Association
(856) 522 – 0639
There are seasonal gifts, free Christmas help, and other support items. There is also Thanksgiving and holiday help for seniors in nursing homes, or others that are in shelters or boarding homes.

Neighborhood Center
Address - 278 Kaighns Ave.
Camden, NJ, 08103
For intake, dial (856) 365 – 5295
A soup kitchen, relying on volunteers, serves Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and dinners. There are also small gifts, toys, and clothing items, and the goal is to spread the joy during the holiday season to the poor and less fortunate.




Berlin Conference of the Camden Vincent De Paul Society
157 W White Horse Pike
Berlin, NJ, 08009
(856) 767 – 7391
Programs include a thrift store for toys, games, and gifts. Emergency food may also be passed out during the winter holiday season, namely Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Salvation Army – Camden
915 Haddon Ave
Camden, New Jersey, 08103
Number is (856) 338 - 1700
Numerous social services and financial support is provided, ranging from free shelter to thrift stores and soup kitchens. The resources also include holiday meals being delivered to the elderly and disabled, Adopt A Family for children, toys, and winter attire.

Toys for Tots in Camden
This is run by the US Marine Corps and non-profit partners. Free toys may be passed out to qualified children.
Dial (973) 724 - 4700



By Jon McNamara

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