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Free food pantries, meals and groceries in Ocean County New Jersey.

Free emergency food is offered to low-income families in Ocean County. Find where to get groceries, household supplies, Meals on Wheels for seniors or disabled people and personal hygiene items near you, today. Get help from food pantries, churches, soup kitchens and charities. Locate a free food bank or pantry near you in Ocean County NJ.

Adults, kids, single moms and the working poor, among others, can get assistance. Below is information on the primary drive thru food banks as well as free food pantries. There is also a toll free number at the bottom of the page for more referrals to Ocean County programs. These distribution centers will help people make it through a difficult period or hardship. \

The locations offer struggling households free groceries, meals, Thanksgiving or Christmas baskets, and other support, including applications to emergency EBT SNAP food stamps, free Meals on Wheels or personal toiletries. Quite a few of the centers may even be able to distribute other forms of assistance such as clothing, gifts, paper goods, laundry detergent, diapers, baby formula, and expedited EBT applications to low-income families and struggling people. More on emergency EBT.

Never hesitate to call a food bank in the Ocean County NJ region. Even if a local charity can’t help, then often refer families to other resources in Ocean County. There are also other surplus USDA government commodities as well as places for a hot meal today. Case managers, volunteers and social workers at many of the sites can offer referrals as well to additional resources.

Where to get free food boxes in Ocean County NJ

All Saints Episcopal Church
Address is 213 Madison Ave., Lakewood, New Jersey, 08701. Call the church at (732) 367-0933.
Offers free food, meals, and other support.

New Beginnings Church - Destiny Community Development Corporation
236 Brick Blvd, Brick Township, NJ 08723. Call (732) 451-0777

East Dover Baptist Church
Address - 974 Bay Ave. Toms River, NJ, 08753. Phone number - (732) 270-4888
The pantry is open very limited hours. Call for details as well as the availability of products, such as canned goods or bags of groceries.

Hope Center
253 Chestnut St, Toms River, NJ 08753. Dial (732) 341-4447
One of the leading social service agencies in Ocean County New Jersey. The government center will help single moms apply for WIC vouchers to pay for infant formula, enroll senior citizens in Meals on Wheels, and also offer SNAP applications.




Lacey Food Bank
Food bank address - 102 Station Dr, Forked River, NJ 08731. Call (609) 242-2848
Offers food, meals, baby items and formula, and other aid. Call them for hours and more information.

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
Address: 333 N Main St. Manahawkin, New Jersey, 08050. Call (609) 597-2696 for hours.

Greater Bethel Church of God
201 Dr Martin Luther King Dr, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Phone: (732) 363-8383

Salvation Army of Ocean County
1738 Route 37 E, Toms River, New Jersey, 08753. Main number - (732)270-8393
Call for food pantry, thrift store, financial assistance for bills, rent, medications, and programs such as Angel tree. There may also be free Thanksgiving turkey meals, summer snacks for kids in Ocean County and Christmas gifts as well as hot meals. Students can get free summer snacks and single moms baby formula too. More on free food from Ocean County Salvation Army.

Ocean Community Church
1492 NJ-72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Call (609) 597-5151
Based on donations, there will be fresh fruits, vegetables, boxes of canned groceries and other produce items to the needy. Or get a free Easter basket, Thanksgiving turkey, or Christmas food or hot meal, including from a mobile or drive-thru pantry.

Lacey United  Methodist Church
203 Lacey Rd,  Forked River,  NJ  08731. Call  (609) 693-5222

PATH Pantry
725 Airport Rd., Lakewood. Phone - 732-367-2665 x5152
Assistance includes: Canned chili, Canned soups and stews, Cereal, Juices, Vegetables, Fruit, and many other food boxes. A free soup kitchen. There are also brown bag lunches, Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, breakfasts, and snacks for students during the summer.

Second Baptist Church of Toms River
 2 1st St, Toms River, NJ 08757. Call (732) 244-3309

First Assembly of God
800 Bay Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753. Main phone 732-330-4288





Community Action of Ocean County
The non-profit is the region’s main poverty fighting organization. They help feed the hungry in Ocean County, offer applications to SNAP food stamps or USDA commodities, address employment, and provide financial help for bills among other serviles. There are free meals for low-income seniors in Ocean County, commodities, boxes of groceries and other programs. Continue with community action agency in Ocean County.

Cedar Creek Community Church
Location is 370 Nixon Ave. Bayville, NJ, 08721. Main phone - 732-269-6204
The church helps the low income, poor, homeless, and unemployed in Ocean County. Free food, meat, dairy, coffee, fruits, and more food parcels may be offered.

Jackson Women of Today
95 W Veterans Hwy, Jackson, NJ 08527. Call 732-833-6800
A major focus is on single moms, immigrants, and the vulnerable. Whether food, clothes, housing, or even household goods like brooms, feminine products, diapers, soap, and other similar goods, help is offered.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic church
685 Hooper Ave., Toms River, New Jersey. Call - 732-240-1089 or 732-349-0018

Abundant Grace Pantry
108 Indian Head Rd. Toms River, NJ 08753. Main phone - 732-914-2058

Ocean Christian Community Church
Address- 405 Washington St., Toms River, New Jersey, 08754. Call (732) 240-5998
The church can help people of all backgrounds. Provides people with referrals, meals, clothing, and access to a thrift store. Fresh fruits, vegetables, diapers, and more may be passed out to Ocean County families.

Ocean County Hunger Relief
Address: 917-5 N Main St., Toms River, New Jersey, 08753. Call (732) 505-4357
The regional non-profit partners with soup kitchens, food banks, and feeding sites. Get baby formula, food for immigrants as well as Hispanics, applications to Summer Food Service Program, and other help. They feed the unemployed in Ocean County and people with no money. Free groceries, fruits, vegetables, meat and more, including at a drive-thru food bank.

St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church
Location is 450 Radio Rd, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087. Call (609) 296-2504

\The Church of Grace & Peace
1563 Old Freehold Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755. Main phone (732) 349-1550

New Life Christian Center
211 E 4th St, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Main phone: (732) 364-8585
Assistance programs include congregate Meals, Back Pack, Senior Brown Bags lunches for the elderly. There are also Home Deliveries for disabled people or seniors, Kids Cafes, and more.

Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry
148 North Green St. (Rt. 539), Tuckerton, NJ 08087. Call 609-294-4777

Faith Community UMC
Main address is 526 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721. Phone - 732-269-9850
Hours are Tuesday 5-6pm, Saturday 9am-11am

St. Barnabas Pantry
Main address is 33 Woodland Rd, Bayville, NJ 08721. Call 732-269-2208





St. Pius
300 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ. Main phone - 609-693-6105
they help the homeless, poor, and families in poverty. The elderly in Ocean County can also apply for Meals on Wheels, Or get blankets for the homeless, personal hygiene supplies, as well as other items.

Community Reformed Church - Whiting Food Pantry
36 Lacey Road (Reformed Church), Whiting, New Jersey. Call 732-350-0232

Lakehurst United Methodist
204 Elm Street
Lakehurst, New Jersey
for hours, dial 732-918-2600
The free food pantry may have Canned Meats, Soup, laundry detergency or toiletries, Dried macaroni, bananas or milk and other food items.

Epiphany Church
621 Herbertsville Rd.
Brick, New Jersey
Main phone 732-458-0434
the free, emergency food pantry is open Saturday 10AM-12PM, Monday 10AM-1PM. Groceries, both fresh and canned, may be passed out by volunteers.

Osbornville Baptist
366 Drum Point Rd.
Brick, NJ 08723

Calvary Baptist Pantry
Location of free food distribution center - 850 Railroad Drive
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
A thrift store and food bank is on site.

Sixth Steet Baptist
15 Sixth Street
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
Telephone - 732-581-5983
The soup kitchen and free bank hours are 2nd & 4th Saturday 10am-2pm

Jesus is Lord Pantry
2236 Massachusetts Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08755

Immanuel Lutheran
20 Monterey Circle
Lakewood, NJ 08701

St. Thomas Church Food Pantry
135 Salmon St.
Brick, New Jersey 08723
732-477-5533 Mon.&Thurs. 10am-12:30pm







Macedonia Baptist Church
143 John St.
Lakewood, NJ, 08701
Dial (732) 905-3878
Call for details on bags of food, excess government commodities, and other support. They also serve Thanksgiving meals (as well as turkeys) and help families living in poverty at Christmas.

New Beginning Christian Center
236 Brick Blvd
Brick, New Jersey, 08723
Dial 732.451.0777
The food pantry has free groceries, canned goods, and fresh produce. There is also personal hygiene items, household supplies, gift cards, and other support for low income Ocean County families.

Saint Anthony Claret Church
Address - 780 Ocean Ave
Lakewood, NJ, 08701
Phone (732) 367-5873

Saint Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, New Jersey, 08008
Offers social services, food, help in applying for New Jersey and federal government assistance programs, holiday support, and other forms of aid. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may be provided too.

Saint Martha's Church Roman Catholic Church
Address of church is 3800 Herbertsville Rd.
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, 08742
Dial the center at (732) 295-3630
Not only can provide free groceries and other needs (such as clothing or a blanket) but also get information on government programs such as food stamps.

Saint Mary of the Lake Church
Location is 43 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, NJ, 08701
Main phone number is (732) 363-0139. Call for information and details on the food pantry.

Saint Mary's Church
Church food pantry address is 747 W Bay Ave.
Barnegat, NJ, 08005
(609) 698-5531

Visitation Roman Catholic Church
730 Lynnwood Ave
Brick, New Jersey, 08723
Phone (732) 477-0028
Clothing, meals, perishable food, emergency food boxes, and case management provided.

Your Grandmother's Cupboard
173A Route 37 W
Toms River, New Jersey, 08755
A focus is on helping the elderly and homebound in the community.

House of Hope of Ocean County
253 Chestnut St
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Phone - (732) 341-4447
An emergency food pantry is open once per month.

Peoples Pantry
Address: 1001 Fischer Blvd
Toms River, NJ 08753
Call (732) 908-9835 for hours.

Lakewood Resource and Referral Center
212 Second St
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 942-9292
Referrals are given to Women Infant & Children Program (WIC), local soup kitchens or pantries, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP (formerly Food Stamps).





Saint Vincent DePaul Society - Visitation Roman Catholic Church
730 Lynnwood Ave
Brick, New Jersey 08723
(732) 477-0028
Programs include a thrift store, food bank, financial aid for utility bills, and more. Senior citizens can apply for free congregate or Meals on Wheels. There are also paper goods like toiler paper, trash bags, and other programs in Ocean County.

Additional free food assistance and vouchers in Ocean County

If the free emergency pantries near you above can’t meet your needs, or if there is not a distribution center near you, dial 732-918-2600 to find the locations of additional soup kitchens as well as food banks in the Ocean County region. Or learn about USDA programs such as free school breakfasts or lunches, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, surplus commodities and more. Other Feeding America Ocean County centers provide free groceries and assistance to the low-income.


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