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Free food pantries and groceries in Ocean County New Jersey.

Emergency food is offered to struggling and low-income families in Ocean County. Find where to get groceries, household supplies and personal hygiene items from food pantries, churches, and charities. Find information, addresses, and phone numbers of the primary free food banks, soup kitchens, pantries near you, and places to contact for assistance in the region, many of which are open today. There is also a toll free number at the bottom of the page for more referrals to Ocean County programs.

Many individuals need to choose between paying energy bills, providing groceries for their families, or paying their rent. These Ocean County free food pantries can help people make it through a difficult period or hardship. All of the support is for short term needs.

The locations offer struggling households free groceries, meals, free advice, and other support, including applications to emergency SNAP food stamps, 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, and baby formula or diapers.

Never hesitate to call a food bank in the Ocean County NJ region. As thousands of families take advantage of their services every year, and many of them needed to ask for help or food vouchers for the first time. Even if a local charity can’t help, then often refer families to other resources in Ocean County, including food stamps/SNAP or WIC voucher application sites. Case managers, volunteers and social workers at many of the sites can offer referrals as well to additional resources.

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.

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
Location - 253 Chestnut St.
Toms River, NJ, 08753
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 - 818 W Lacey Rd
Forked River, New Jersey, 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.

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. 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
10 Don Conner Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527
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's Pantry
685 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, New Jersey
Call - 732-240-1089

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

Upper Room S. Kitchen
Main address is 155-157 East Fourth St.
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
A free soup kitchen. There are also brown bag lunches, Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, breakfasts, and snacks for students during the summer.

Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry
148 North Green St. (Rt. 539)
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

PATH Pantry
725 Airport Rd. Suite 7G
732-367-2665 x5152
Assistance includes: Canned chili, Canned soups and stews, Cereal, Juices, Vegetables, Fruit, and many other food boxes.

Faith Community UMC
Main address is 526 Rt 9
Bayville, New Jersey 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 ext.107

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

Whiting Food Pantry
36 Lacey Road (Reformed Church)
Whiting, New Jersey

Lakehurst United Methodist
(Mobile site)
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, banans 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.

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.

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

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. More on free food from Ocean County Salvation Army.

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 programs 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 centers provide free groceries and assistance to the needy.


By Jon McNamara

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