Union County New Jersey free food pantries

Low income, struggling, and working poor families can contact a free food bank for resources. Most of the centers can provides low cost or free groceries as well as hygiene supplies to those who need help. A number of other assistance programs and support can also be offered. For example, many of the Union County NJ food pantries can also distribute baby food, clothing, diapers, or guidance on applying for SNAP food stamps. Or the free pantry near you may also run on site soup kitchens for meals as well as offer holiday meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Most locations have conditions that need to be met by clients and they are only open limited hours. There is also a toll free number at the bottom of this page for more information. In addition, some free pantries may only provide food once a month per family.

The centers are committed to improving the quality of life and to promote the health of low income persons and/or their families. They also help the elderly with Meals on Wheels, immigrants, and unemployed in Union County among others. Call or stop by a food pantry for emergency services, including free food, clothing, shelter, guidance, and other aid.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Cranford
Address is 505 South Ave E
Cranford, New Jersey, 07016
Telephone number - (908) 497 - 3966
The center can provide free food vouchers from a grocery store for the unemployed, working poor, and disabled when available. In addition to the groceries and meals, additional emergency funds for rent and utilities may be offered, as funding allows.

Church of the Assumption
Address of church - 113 Chiego Pl
Roselle Park, NJ
Call (908) 245 - 1107

 

 

 

 

Community Food Bank of NJ
31 Evans Terminal Rd
Hillside, NJ, 07205
Call (908) 355 - 3663
This Union NJ food bank works with hundreds of non-profit organizations, churches, and charities in the region. People who need help need to contact those locations for help.

Cranford Family Care Association
Food center location is 61 Myrtle St.
Cranford, New Jersey, 07016
Phone (908) 276 - 3530

Mt. Teman Church
160 Madison Ave
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908) 351-2625
A free food pantry is on site limited hours. Dairy, cheese, peanut butter or jelly, bread, meat, and other boxes of groceries.

Ministerio De Restauracion
Location of pantry is 163-165 Third St
Elizabeth, NJ 07206
(908) 906-5249

El Centro Hispano Americano
525 E Front St
Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Telephone (908) 753 - 8730
They serve meals to Hispanics, Spanish speakers, and immigrants in Union County. Cultural meals or food too, including salsa, tortillas, and other items may be served. They also help immigrants and others apply for benefits, including food stamps or WIC vouchers.

 

 

 

 

Jesus Is Lord
Main address is 201-223 Spring Street
Elizabeth, NJ
For hours or referrals, dial 908-355-1335

Haitian Pentecostal Church & Home Of Hope Worldwide
Location is 431 Maple Ave
Linden, NJ
Call (732) 934-0947

Rahway Food For Friends
1221 New Brunswick Ave.
Rahway, NJ 07065
Phone - (732) 381-7201
the free pantry may have some or all of the following. Clients include the low income, single mothers, disabled and more. Donations and volunteers help the charity feed the needy and lower income.

Linden Interfaith Lincs Food Pantry
14 Munsill Ave
Linden, New Jersey 07036
Phone (908) 925-2523
The charity has fresh produce to families with children as well as single adults. There is a soup kitchen for free hot meals, milk, dairy, and personal hygiene supplies like razors, soap, detergent and more.

Elizabethport Presbyterian Center (E'PORT)
184 1st St.
Elizabeth, NJ, 07206
Call for hours (908) 351 – 4850
Can provide free or low cost perishable food, meals, and other aid. Referrals and assistance for applying for government programs like SNAP food stamps or WIC can be offered too.

First Baptist Church of Cranford and Elizabeth
Main address - 402 Union Ave.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07208
Telephone number - (908) 352 - 0519

 

 

 

Grace Episcopal Church
Location is 221 E Jersey St.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07206
Phone number is (908) 354 - 4694

Heard AME Church
310 E 8th Ave
Roselle, NJ, 07203
Call the church at (908) 241 – 5588 for hours and details.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Primary address is 1571 S Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, New Jersey, 07076
(908) 889 - 2100

Jefferson Park Ministries
477 Madison Ave
Elizabeth, NJ, 07207
(908) 469 - 9508

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
Primary address is 655 Westfield Ave
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07208
Phone - (908) 352 – 8375
A number of services are offered in addition to food and groceries. Services and resources include a food pantry, children, individual, family counseling, substance abuse prevention, emergency financial assistance, career counseling, and information and referral.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
Address is 2253 S Ave, Suite 8
Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076
(908) 352 - 8375
Seniors, the disabled and elderly, regardless of religion, can use the social services. Meals on Wheels, case management, education, and other support.

Holy Trinity Rc Church
Address is 315 First Street
WestField, NJ 07090
(908) 232-8137
A soup kitchen is offered as well as free food bank. They also serve Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

New Covenant Church Of God
225 E. 7th St
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Call (908) 226-0223

 

 

 

 

Manna From Heaven Food Pantry
324 Monroe Ave
Plainfield, New Jersey
(908) 273-4897
There are free filling, shelf-stable foods that are healthy.  Fruits, vegetables, pasta, breads, canned meats, and fruit juices. There is ensure for the elderly, household supplies and other items. The staff also direct clients to financial aid, clothes, and basic needs.

Rahway Community Action Organization
796 East Hazelwood Ave
Rahway, NJ 07065
Dial (732) 382-9311
The pantry may have Boxed Pastas, Canned tuna or salmon, Cooking oils, vegetables, and other free food items or even hygiene supplies.

Linden Interfaith Network for Community Service.
14 W. Munsell Ave.
Linden, NJ, 07036
Telephone number (908) 925 – 2523
May have Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and more, in addition to the food pantry.

Our Lady of Peace Church
111 S. St.
New Providence, New Jersey, 07974
Dial (908) 464 - 7600

The Grace Refrigerator
561 Springfield Ave
Summit, New Jersey
Call (917) 517-3203
They operate a food pantry for fresh or frozen food.

PROCEED
1126 Dickinson St.
Elizabeth, NJ, 07201
Phone number - (908) 351 – 7727
Another one of the leading non-profit organization in Union County New Jersey. Distributes food, government surplus items, counseling, case management, and other support for low income and working poor families.

Salvation Army, Plainfield Area Corps as well as Union County
615 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Telephone number - (908) 756 – 2595
Both of the Union County Salvation Army locations in the county may have an onsite food pantry, thrift store, and other items like clothing and household items. They also serve free Thanksgiving turkey dinners or Christmas meals as well as food too. Salvation Army, Elizabeth Corps is another location for free food or financial aid. The Address is 1005 E Jersey St., Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201. Call (908) 352 - 7057. Or more on free food from Union County Salvation Army.

Shiloh Baptist Church
Main address - 95 Murray St.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201
Call (908) 355 - 3777

 

 

 

 

St. John the Apostle
1805 Penbrook Ter
Linden, New Jersey, 07036
Call the church at (908) 486 - 6363

St. Joseph Church
Main address is 157 E 4th St.
Roselle, NJ, 07203
(908) 241 – 1250
Can offer food and information on shelter and can also provide guidance.

St. Joseph Social Service Center
118 Division St.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201
(908) 352 - 2989

Union County Department of Human Services
They offer public aid, government assistance, LIHEAP grants, and food benefits. There is Commodity Supplemental Food Program, housing, loans, food stamps, healthy eating or budget classes and much more. Continue with  Union County Department of Human Services assistance programs.

St. Teresa's Church
306 Morris Ave
Summit, NJ, 07901
Call (908) 277 - 3700
Services include clothes, free personal hygiene supplies, food, and more.

Muslim Community Soup Kitchen
321-325 Grant Avenue
Plainfield, New Jersey
(908) 561-6797

Church Of The Living God
434 E 4th St.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-0941
Everything from free boxes of groceries to snacks for kids, free food fir single moms and more. Also learn about USDA Commodities, Rice, Peanut Butter,  Muffin Mix, Beans and even Christmas food baskets or small toys.

Star Fish of Plainfield
PO Box 2822
Plainfield, New Jersey, 07062
Dial (908) 755 – 8888 for information on food assistance.

 

 

 

 

Additional free food assistance programs in Union County

The list above is just a sampling. There are many other free food pantries as well as soup kitchens near you for meals or groceries. Call 908.355.3663. There are also applications to surplus government commodity programs or free school lunch/breakfast programs. Or the homebound can even learn about Meals on Wheels.

 

By Jon McNamara

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