Ocean County New Jersey food pantries.

Emergency food is offered by pantries, churches, and charities in Ocean County New Jersey. Find information, addresses, and phone numbers of the primary free food banks, pantries, and places to contact for assistance in the region.

Many individuals need to choose between paying energy bills, providing food for their families, or paying their rent. These Ocean County pantries can help people make it through a difficult period or hardship. All of the support is for short term needs, and the locations offer the needy groceries, meals, free food, advice, and other support. Quite a few of the centers may even be able to distribute other forms of assistance such as clothing, gifts, and baby formula or diapers.

Never hesitate to call a food bank, as thousands of families take advantage of their services every year, and many of them needed to ask for help or food 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 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, New Jersey, 08723

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.

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.

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 and Christmas gifts and meals.





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.

If the pantries 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 food pantries in the Ocean County region. Other centers provide free groceries and assistance to the needy.


By Jon McNamara

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