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New Jersey free food pantries and banks.

Free or low cost food can be obtained from a variety of locations in New Jersey. families can turn to charities or the government, including free food banks and pantries. Many individuals and families are facing hardships, and need a little assistance to help them make it through a difficult period.

Get information below on some of the food banks in New Jersey that may be near you. The locations listed are the major centers, but they also have partnerships with other local non-profits, charities, and distribution centers across the state. People who need help can call one of the sites below to learn about locations nearer to them if need be. In addition to receiving free or low food, groceries, and other items from these locations, many will provide other forms of non-financial aid as well, such as clothing and referrals to assistance programs. If a pantry is not near where you live, a phone number for referrals to additional locations is at the bottom of this page.

In addition, low income individuals can get help from other programs in their county. Call a center and ask them for referrals in order to learn more on additional assistance programs in New Jersey. There are SNAP food stamps, USDA commodities, and more.

Local New Jersey food banks that offer free resources

In addition to all the centers located here, people who need additional assistance can find more food banks and pantries in their city or county in New Jersey. They are specific to the county, and may have meals, clothing, free food, holiday meals and other forms of support. A more ranging list is below as well.




Franklin Township Food Bank
Location is 60 Millstone Rd.
Somerset - New Jersey, 08873
Phone - (732) 246-0009

East Coast New Vision Ministries
218 Meadow Ridge Road
Smithville - NJ, 08205
Call 609-404-0776

The Cupboard of New Jersey
Main address is 24 Vernon Ave
Hamburg - NJ, 07419
The site partners with local churches and charities to provide fresh fruits, frozen foods, and other support to needy families in New Jersey.

Lacey Food Bank Incorporated
102 Station Dr.
Forked River - NJ, 08731
(609) 242-2848

Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation of New Jersey
Main address - 108 36th Street
Union City - New Jersey, 07087
Dial 201/348-8150
If you have no other options available, call for referrals or information on free groceries, meals, and programs for senior citizens.





Community Food Bank - Elizabeth
651 Kapkowski Rd
Elizabeth - NJ, 07201
(908) 353-7625
A leading food pantry in the region. Fresh foods, canned goods, and other aid is offered. For example, get help in applying for government aid such as food stamps or WIC.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
6735 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township - New Jersey, 08234
(609) 383-8843
This location does not generally serve the public, however they work with regional pantries in New Jersey. Hundreds of soup kitchens, feeding sites, and food banks work with the non-profit organization.

Toni's Kitchen
Food pantry location is 73 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair - New Jersey, 07042
Call 973-860-0768

Family Life Outreach Min.
1240 Morton Street
Camden - NJ, 08104

Community Food Bank of NJ
31 Evans Terminal Rd
Hillside - New Jersey, 07205
Dial (908) 355-3663 for referrals
Similar to the location listed above in that it partners with other charities.

The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton
123 E. Hanover St.
Trenton - NJ, 08608
Main number is 609-396-9355

Glassboro Food Bank
123 High St. E
Glassboro - NJ, 08028
(856) 863-9030
Free boxes of food and groceries may be passed out. This can include healthy meals and also canned goods.

Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
3300 State Route 66
Neptune - NJ, 07753
(732) 918-2600





Food Bank Network of Somerset County
7E Easy St
Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805
(732) 560-1813

Table to Table
P.O. Box 1051
Englewood Cliffs - NJ, 07632

Food Bank of South Jersey
Location - 1501 John Tipton Blvd.
Pennsauken - NJ, 08110
Call (856) 662-4884
As the name implies, supports the low income, homeless, and hungry in the southern part of the state. May have information on other resources too, such as free summer meals and snacks for students or Meals on Wheels type programs for the homebound.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ
334 River Rd
Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
(908) 371-1111
Dial for referrals to fresher, healthier food.

Central Warren youth association
PO box 351 Belvidere Ave.
Washington - New Jersey, 07882

CRY Inc.
PO Box 372
Berkeley Heights - NJ, 07922

201 Broad St.
Phillipsburg - NJ, 08865
(908) 454-4322

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
31 Evans Terminal
Hillside, NJ 07205
Phone: 908-355-3663
18 Counties across the state rely on the assistance from this center. Part of the Feeding America national organization. It offers boxes of food, groceries, and more to local churches and non-profits. Those centers then support the needy.

North Brunswick Food Bank Inc.
710 Hermann Rd
N Brunswick, New Jersey 08902

Community Food Bank
Southern Branch
6735 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Phone: 609-383-8843
Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and parts of Burlington County families and individuals can receive a box of food and more.

Food bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
3300 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
Phone: 732-918-2600
Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Food Bank of South Jersey
Address - 1501 John Tipton Blvd.
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: 856-662-4884
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties





Mercer Street Friends
Primary location is 824 Sylvia St.
Ewing, New Jersey 08628
Phone: 609-4060503
This non-profit only provides assistance to Mercer County. If you or your family is going hungry and needs help, try this regional food bank. They can also refer qualified individuals to public assistance such as WIC or food stamps.

201 North Broad St.
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Helene Meissner, Director
Phone: 908-454-4322
Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties are supported. Offers various social service programs, food boxes, holiday meals, and other aid.

Southern Regional Food Distribution Center
6140 Mays Landing Rd.
Vineland, NJ 08360
Tammy Morris, Director
Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
31 Evans Terminal Road
Hillside, New Jersey 07205-2400
Call 908.355.3663 for intake

The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc.
3300 Route 66
Neptune, NJ 07753
Main number is 732.918.2600

Food Bank of South Jersey
1501 John Tipton Boulevard
Pennsauken, NJ 08110
Fruits, vegetables, diary products, meats and more may be offered. Seasonal and special food assistance programs can include free baby formula, snacks for students, and special dietary meals.

3616 S. Galloway Street
P.O. Box 37555
Philadelphia , PA 19148
Dial 215.339.0900

Royal & Select Masters Of Boston Council
Address: PO Box 7178
Newark, New Jersey 07107
Dial (973)481-0009

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc.
1514 Federal street
Camden, NJ 08105
Meals, food, perishable items are provided to the low income and homeless.

Paulsboro Gibbstown Area Ministerial Association Inc.
Address - 1534 Pine St.
Paulsboro, NJ 8066
(856) 224-8811

Extra Helping
31 Evans Terminal
Hillside, New Jersey 7205
Telephone number (908) 355-3663
Hot meals, a lunch, and more may be offered. From time to time can have goods such as clothing, diapers, or other so called material assistance.

Gospel Tabernacle Church
Location of food pantry is 5029 Kennedy Blvd.
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047

Loaves & Fishes Interfaith Food Pantry
66 Palisade Ave
Garfield, NJ 7026
Dial for free food - (973) 253-8557
Regardless of religion, call about a free box of food or groceries. This can include canned goods and excess government commodities as well. Call for referrals and support.

Family & Children’s Service Inc. Of Monmouth County
191 Bath Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Dial (732)222-9111 for hours and the application process.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry
22 Lakeside Ave
Pompton Lakes, NJ 7442
(973) 831-4442





Food Bank Of Somerset County Inc.
Bldg. 9-E Easy Street
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Call the center at 732-560-1813
Thousands of children, seniors, and low income families receive help every year. Perishable and canned goods (such as beans and rice) may be passed out as resources allow.

Flemington Area Food Pantry
Address - 110 Broad St.
Flemington, New Jersey 8822
Phone number - (908) 788-5568

Freehold Area Open Door, Inc.
PO Box 1073
Freehold, NJ 07728

Yes We Care Soup Kitchen Inc.
8 Marion Lane
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076
Whether you are homeless or low income, a free hot meal may be served by volunteers and staff. Please donate or volunteer if you can with this New Jersey feeding site.

Franklin Township Food Bank
60 Millstone Rd. PO Box 333
Somerset, NJ 08875

Information on additional free food banks in New Jersey

The centers listed above are just some of the food banks and distribution centers that are located in the state of New Jersey. Many other non-profits and charities exist across the region and may be near you. Organizations are focused on providing free food and government aid to the low income in the community. Dial (908) 355-FOOD to get more information.

By Jon McNamara

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