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Free food banks, meals and groceries in Newark and Essex County NJ area.

Locate free food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries in Newark as well as Essex County New Jersey that help low-income families and people with no money. Get a box of free groceries, food, baby formula, personal hygiene supplies and more. Find a free food pantry near you in Newark NJ or Essex County that is open today.

The distribution centers will do their best to not turn a struggling family or person away. Most of the free, emergency food pantries and drive-thru food banks near you will help anyone in need, regardless of their income, age or backgrounds. There are free groceries for single moms, Meals on Wheels home delivery services in Newark, dairy, fruits or vegetables and more. main locations are below as well as a toll free number at the bottom of the page.

Some of the pantries and churches will also serve hot meals today as well as distribute food. Get produce, frozen food, vegetables, breads, and anything else that may be needed. For example some centers will even offer household items. Some sites, including a drive thru pantry, will serve as application centers for government programs such as SNAP food stamps or they will help lower income women apply for WIC vouchers or save money on food from apps or technology. Learn about the Providers EBT app.

Another goal of the Essex County charities is to provide holiday meals. Whether a family is struggling or on a low income, they may be able to receive free food for their Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals. Holiday parties may also be held at a local food pantry.

Places for free food boxes in Newark NJ community and Essex County

Abiding Peace Lutheran Church
Address: 305 - 311 Route 46, Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828. Phone number - (973) 691 - 9393

Apostles' House
16-24 Grant St, Newark, New Jersey 07104. Call (973) 482-0625
Offers Essex County and Newark families, individuals, seniors, and veterans help. They may get free meals, groceries and food supplies.




Bethel Rehoboth Food Pantry & Meal Center
Stop by 55 Lawrence St or dial the number below. Bloomfield, NJ, 07003, Provides food pantry and soup kitchen.. Dial - (973) 566 - 9100

Blessed Sacrament
19 Van Ness Pl, Newark, New Jersey 07108. Phone number - (973) 824 - 6548
A hot meal may be served and the location will offer other support as well, such as gently used clothing items or lines/blanket for the low income and homeless.

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green
Address - 147 Broad St, Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003 . For hours, dial (973) 743 - 1796
Clothing, food, canned goods, and fresh foods may be distributed.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
The non-profit runs a program known as the Emergency and Nutrition Network of Catholic Charities. The staff can enroll senior citizens into Meals on Wheels and provide Christmas food baskets. Other items include baby formula, diapers, and emergency groceries. They also provide referrals to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • The main administrative site is 590 N 7th St, Newark, NJ 07107. Phone - (973) 596-4100. Other locations are below.
  • 976 Broad St, Newark, Nj 07102. Dial (973) 733-3516
  • 56 Freeman St, Newark, NJ 07105. Call (973) 522-1252
  • 269 Oliver St, Newark, NJ 07105. Phone - (973) 578-2973
  • 75 Halsey St, Newark, Nj 07102. Call (973) 877-1072
  • 1160 Raymond Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102. Phone - (973) 596-4100

St. James Social Service Corporation
Location is 604 Martin Luther King Blvd.., Newark, NJ 07102. Phone: 973-624-4007
The free food pantry is open 5 days per week, and one of the largest distribution centers in Essex County.

Church Women United Food Pantry
1240 Clinton Ave, Irvington, NJ, 07111. Call (973) 373 - 5930
Soup, pasta, rice, meats, and paper goods may be available in Essex County.

Salvation Army, Newark Area ServicesA number of social services and emergency financial assistance programs are offered. This includes free summer snacks for students and teenagers. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts may be offered too, especially for children. Some funds for basic needs such as utilities and rent may be paid out too. Or apply for hygiene supplies, toiletries and other goods. There are other resources from the Salvation Army in Essex County New Jersey.

  • Address - 45 Central Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07102.  Telephone number - (973) 623 - 5959
  • 699 Springfield Ave., Newark, N. Call (973) 375-5933
  • 430 Main St, East Orange, NJ. Dial (973) 672-0262
  • 1005 East Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ, (908) 352-7057





Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church
828 Sanford Ave, Newark, NJ 07106. Phone: (973) 371-7707

Urban League
508 Central Ave, Newark, NJ 07107. Call (973) 624-9535
Various assistance programs are offered, including a free food pantry for the poor, adults or kids. A focus is on minorities as well as single moms. Get a free food box in Essex County NJ, information on government benefits such as EBT cards, vitamins, healthy cooking classes and more.

Calvary Gospel Church
17 Lyons Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone: (973) 926-3575

Bethel Assembly Of God
580 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07104. For hours of the free food bank is at (917) 880-2971 or  (973) 484-6660
Get free food such as Canned Tuna / Fish, chicken, or hamburger helper. There is also a soup kitchen with meals and some basic clothes for the low income.

Calvary Baptist Church
66 So. Grove Street, East Orange, NJ 07018. Main number is (973) 676-6467
The Essex County soup kitchen also serves meals at Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving. The pantry may also have free groceries, dairy, bread, milk, and more. Donations and volunteers keep it operating.

United Community Corporation
332-334 S Eighth St, Newark, NJ 07103. Call (973) 642-0181
Resources for low income families, seniors, and the disabled in Essex County include meat, vegetables, diapers for single moms, and fruit. they also have intake on Summer Food Service Program and SNAP. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and canned goods may be offered. Bags of free or reduced priced groceries are distributed as donations allow. Other assistance can help children, pregnant mothers (baby formula) and other aid is offered too. Pregnant women can also find other sources of free infant formula.

United Deliverance Tabernacle
Location: 202 Hawthorne Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07112. Call (973) 297-0081
The pantry and clothing closet have free vitamin drinks during Thanksgiving, Christmas toys and meals for kids, and more.

North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)
393 Central Ave. Newark, New Jersey, 07103. Call (973) 483-3444. For hours or intake to the food bank, dial (866) 448-5812.
They provide free meals or food boxes to the poor, homeless in Essex County NJ, and unemployed among others. Get free hygiene stuff, sandwiches, blankets for the homeless, Ensure for the elderly and more. Drive thru food banks and other programs are offered in the community too.

Canaan Baptist Church
131 Pomona Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone: (973) 926-4151

St John Baptist Church
137 Fairmount Ave, Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: (973) 623-0982
A free pantry, including mobile and drive thru, is available. Get items such as Boxed or Canned Juices, Hamburger helper, canned chicken or tuna and other goods. They also have free holiday meals, including at Thanksgiving and Christmas.





Calvary Gospel Church
17 Lyons Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone: (973) 926-3575

Park United Methodist Church
12 Park Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003, Call (973) 429-7745 or 610-730-9005
A pantry may have dry goods or paper supplies. Or get soap, laundry detergent, Canned vegetables, Cereal, shelf stable foods and other goods.

Franciscan Charities
Food pantry and soup kitchen is at 355 S 6th St, Newark, NJ 07103. Cal l(973) 732-4736 or 908-510-8050

Emmanuel Church Of Christ
54 Irvine Turner Blvd, Newark, NJ 07103. Main phone: (973) 621-9810
Services for individuals, families, and senior citizens in Essex County. A major focus is also on feeding kids, including free snacks during break, sandwiches, information on USA benefits including free school breakfast program and more.

Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Consortium
346 Sixteenth Ave, Irvington, New Jersey 07111. Phone number (973) 416 - 0909
A group of charities and non-profits make up this consortium. Everything from emergency food boxes to applications to the CSFP - Commodity Supplemental Food Program are available.

Roseville Presbyterian Church
Locatin of the pantry, which is a charity - 36 Roseville Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07107. (973) 483-3361
A free food pantry and soup kitchen is on site for the working poor and unemployed.

Bethany Baptist Church Pantry
275 W. Market St, Newark, NJ 07103. Main number is (973) 623-8161

FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development
Location of food bank - 441-443 Broad St., Newark, New Jersey 07102. (973) 624 - 2528
While have groceries and food for different cultures. A number of assistance programs are offered for Hispanics and immigrants as well. Free cultural meals, holiday events, cooking and shopping classes in Spanish and other languages as well a other programs.

Greater Harvest Baptist Church
541 15th Ave, Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: (973) 621-1789 or Call (973) 371 - 3134

Human Needs Food Pantry
9 Label St, Montclair, NJ 07042. Call (973) 746 - 4669
Food is offered for those who meet guidelines for poverty.

Union Chapel Community Development
209 Wainwright St, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone (973) 282-0125 or (973) 282-0104
A focus is on public benefits. SNAP food stamps, USDA commodities, Meals on Wheels and other applications for Essex County families in poverty. Even learn about housing resources or medical.







Clearview Baptist Church Food Pantry
Center address - 314 Hobson St, Newark, NJ, 07112. Telephone number - (973) 926 - 0471
The charity feeds the poor and homeless. Volunteers collect surplus food and clothing and provide to clients.

El Club del Barrio
76 Clinton Ave, Newark, New Jersey 07114. Call the center at (973) 624 - 4222

Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church
A soup kitchen is at 88 Lyons Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone: (973) 923-5205

Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
230 Chancellor Ave, Newark, NJ 07112. Phone: (973) 926-1530

Siloam Hope Presbyterian Church
496 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201. Phone: (908) 354-0016

First Hopewell Baptist Church
525 Orange St, Newark, NJ, 07107. Main phone: (973) 485 - 8100
Emergency food & clothing.

Goodwill Rescue Mission
Address - 79 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
Telephone - (973) 621 - 9560
In addition to a food pantry and clothing closet, the center offers other services to the low income and homeless. This can include job training, career counseling, and information on government aid.

Grace Reform Church
31 Blum St
Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 643 - 8739

Isaiah House
238 North Munn Ave
East Orange, New Jersey
Soup kitchen and address is (973) 678-5882

Bethlehem French Sda Church
30 N. Clinton St.
East Orange, New Jersey
(973) 761-1536

Newark Bible Fellowship
30 Randolph Place
Newark, New Jersey
(862) 763-1334

Iglesia Shalom Baptist Church
70 South 8th Street
Newark, NJ
Assistance programs include a soup kitchen and free food pantry.

House Of Mercy Mission
573 Springfield Ave
Newark, NJ
(973) 642-6226
Get a hot meal or bag lunch, including for the homeless in Essex County. There are also free personal toiletries, feminine items, cereal, bread, pasta, rice, or referrals. Some holiday help, or small gifts, are passed out too.

St. Paul Tabernacle
Address is 530-532 Clinton Avenue
Newark, New Jersey
For the hours, call (973) 643-8700

Saint Mary's Church - Newark
520 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 792-5790
The non-profit pantry has toiletries, non-perishable groceries, clothing, diapers, and more depending on donation levels.





Willing Heart Community Care Center - Agape Food Pantry
555 Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, New Jersey 07103
(973) 622-2100

New Community Corporation
220 Bruce St
Newark, NJ 07103
Telephone number: (973) 623-6114
Food includes chickens, canned goods, Summer meals, Meals on wheels in Essex County and more.

Metropolitan Baptist Church
149 Springfield Ave
Newark, NJ, 07103
(973) 642 - 2267
Resources are offered to local Essex families regardless of religion. Call for hours for when the pantry is open.

New Salem Baptist Church
132 W Kinney St
Newark, NJ, 07103
(973) 642 - 8931
The church may have gift cards to buy holiday food, blankets for the homeless, winter coats for kids, and other assistance.

Newark Emergency Services for Families
982 Broad St
Newark, NJ, 07102
(973) 643 - 5727. Call for information and hours on the resources available.
Provides working poor individuals and families with food and also case management.

North Reform Church
Address of the food bank is 510 Broad St.
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 623 - 3198

Nutley Family Service Bureau
Three churches are part of this charity.
155 Chestnut St.
Nutley, New Jersey 07110
(973) 667 - 1884
The Essex County churches feed the elderly, deliver meals to homebound and seniors, and feed students from low income households during the summer months.

Renaissance Community Development Center
400 7th Ave
Newark, NJ, 07107
Call (973) 481 - 3431 for free food.

Tzu Chi Food Pantry
150 Commerce Rd
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Main phone number is (973) 857-8666
Free vegetarian food, canned goods, and basic needs (such as hygiene, soap, and razors) are given out.

Mount Zion Baptist Church - Newark
Address: 208 Broadway St
Newark, New Jersey 07104
Phone - (973) 482-1915
Free food, groceries, and hot meals are served. They also have clothes as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets or gift cards.

Find additional free meals or food boxes in Essex County NJ

Local Newark New Jersey churches that offer free or low cost food include St. Patrick's Church, St. Mary's Church, St. James A.M.E. Church, St. Ann's Church, Trinity Reformed Church. Those are just a few of the additional pantries in Essex County. To find more locations (such as emergency food pantries near you), or additional programs such as summer snacks, soup kitchens, Feeding America in Newark NJ or public aid, call 908-355-3663, 609.406.0503 or 908.454.4322.


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