Union County New Jersey free food pantries

Low income, struggling, and working poor families can contact a food bank for resources. Most of the centers can provides low cost or free food 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, guidance, run on site soup kitchens, and can offer holiday meals.

Most locations have conditions that need to be met by clients, and they are only open limited hours. For example, some 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. 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

El Centro Hispano Americano
525 E Front St
Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Telephone (908) 753 - 8730

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




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

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, Elizabeth Corps
Address - 1005 E Jersey St.
Elizabeth, New Jersey, 07201
(908) 352 - 7057

Salvation Army, Plainfield Area Corps
615 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ, 07060
Telephone number - (908) 756 – 2595
Both of the Union County Salvation Army locations above may have an onsite food pantry, thrift store, and other items like clothing and household items.

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

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

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


By Jon McNamara

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