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Free food pantries and groceries Passaic County New Jersey.

Passaic County New Jersey has several free food pantries as well as soup kitchens for low-income families in the community. Many centers also provide other support to qualified families, such as free Meals on Wheel delivery, personal toiletries, holiday meals, and information on government programs such as TANF or food stamps and more.  Find locations of free food pantries, grocery give aways and soup kitchens near you below. Most centers are open daily, including today. There is also a referral number at the bottom of the page.

When an individual, senior, disabled person or family stops by one of these pantries near them, they will need to meet any conditions that may be in place. Most centers will also provide a limited amount of food or groceries, such as enough for 10 days. The exact amount will depend on the applicant’s income and number of persons in the family. They can also help people apply for SNAP food stamps public aid in NJ.

Most of the locations provide other programs too, such as clothing, free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals or holiday food baskets, and personal hygiene products. Some of the Passaic County New Jersey centers may also have funds for paying bills and expenses such as rent and medical costs.

In order to receive emergency or sustained feeding, applicants must be interviewed and meet conditions that are in place. Most families receive free groceries or perishable items that day and will be referred to a neighborhood food pantry for ongoing support.

Jewish Family and Children's Services - Passaic County and Northern New Jersey
A free food bank is at 506 Hamburg Tpke, Wayne, NJ 07470. Telephone number is 201-837-9090
The low income can use the free food pantry and soup kitchen. The non-profit may have Kosher food, USDA resources and more. There are also Meals on Wheels for the elderly or disabled in Passaic County, groceries and more. Or get free vegan, vegetarian, and liquid nutrition supplements.

Oasis Haven for Women and Children
59 Mill Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Call (973) 881-8307
Assistance programs include a homeless shelter, infant formula, and resources for single moms, baby and their children.




Nuevo Nacimiento 'New Birth' United Methodist Church
A free pantry and soup kitchen are at 316 Totowa Ave, Paterson, NJ 07502. Call 862-239-1102
A major focus is on the poor, including immigrants (documented or not). Get free groceries, filling, shelf-stable foods, cereal, dairy, meat, yogurt, Canned vegetables or meat and more.

St. Agnes
Address: 65 Union Ave, Little Falls, New Jersey. Dial (973) 256-5020

Center of Grace
Location of the food distribution center is 175 Fair Street, Paterson, NJ. For hours, dial (973) 356-2238
There is an emergency food pantry in Passaic County. They give away groceries and other stuff.

Women and Families Ascending Association (WAFAA)
Wayne, New Jersey 07474. Dial 973-766-2406

Paterson Church of God
Location is 351 10th Avenue, Paterson, NJ. Main number is (973) 279-7767
Assistance includes a soup kitchen, hot breakfast or lunches, bag lunches and more. The homeless, unemployed, and others can get help. There are also free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals and food baskets.

True Witness Church of Christ
A free emergency food pantry is at 234 Godwin Ave, Paterson NJ. Main number is 973-569-1166

Grace Redeemer Church
The location is 21 Harristown Rd, Glen Rock NJ 07452. Dial (201) 357-4216
Free food, personal toiletries or hygiene items, and household goods are offered. Find soap, laundry detergent, feminine goods and more items. Find canned chicken or other meats, rice, dry and canned goods, paper products and other goods.

Catholic Family & Community Services (CFCS) - Passaic
24 DeGrasse St, Paterson, New Jersey 07505. Dial (973) 279 - 7100
Catholic Charities in Passaic New Jersey offers the low income, elderly, and needy a number of assistance programs. Among other services there is an onsite food pantry that gives groceries and personal hygiene supplies in a crisis. Financial assistance is offered to pay utilities if faced with a shut off. Housing, rent help, and shelter are available too.





Saint Paul's Community Development Corporation
Main address - 451 Van Houten St, Paterson NJ 07501. Call 973-710-3900

United Passaic Organization
This is the regional community action agency. Whether grants to help pay bills, applications to SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers, or job programs, help is offered. There is also a free food bank with groceries, meals, and personal toiletries or hygiene supplies or cleaning items. More on
assistance programs from United Passaic Organization.

  • 112 Washington Place, Passaic NJ 07055. For information, call (973) 472-3611
  • Location is 15 Grove St., Passaic, New Jersey 07055 . Call (973) 472 - 3611

Center for Family Resources
Main address is 712 Gregory Ave, Clifton, NJ, 07011. Telephone - (973) 472 - 8880
Provides emergency food assistance, rent, mortgage, and utility bill help. There may be paper products, applications to SNAP food stamps, EBT cards and other goods. Also apply for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Brown Bag lunches and more.

Other locations are at the following.

  • 41 Henry Rd, Hewitt, New Jersey, 07421
  • 12 Morris Rd, Ringwood, NJ, 07456, dial (973) 962 - 0055
  • 45 Reinhardt Rd, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470

Little Falls United Methodist Church
Location - 139 Main St, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Dial 973-256-0993
The poor and low income in Passaic County can use the pantry, clothing closet and thrift store.

Saint Peter's Haven
380 Clifton Ave, Clifton, New Jersey 07011. Intake number is 973-546-3406

AME Zion Williams Chapel
Address - 133 Myrtle Ave, Passaic, New Jersey 07055 . Telephone number - (973) 472 - 3256

Passaic Service Unit of the Salvation Army
Center address - 550 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ, 07055. Call (973) 779 – 1155
Social workers can provide guidance, access to a free emergency food pantry, and much more. For example, as funding allows, may have money for heating and energy bills. A clothing closet may have new or used clothes for students or people who need work attire. In addition, call them for advice on government food assistance, and the Salvation Army may also have Thanksgiving or Christmas meals too. Or get paper products or household supplies.

Calvary Temple of Wayne
Food pantry address - 1111 Preakness Ave, Wayne, NJ, 07470. Dial (973) 694 – 2938 for information.

Center for Food Action
145 Carletondale Rd
Ringwood, New Jersey 07456
(201) 529 - 2029





Christian Fellowship Center
343 359 Van Houten St
Paterson, NJ, 07501
Dial the church at (973) 742 – 4953
Groceries, shelter, holiday meals, clothing, and other support are offered for the low income and homeless. The charity also has holiday meals, blankets for the homeless and other resources.

Creech Community Development Center
221 Hamilton Ave
Paterson, NJ, 07501
Phone - (973) 881 - 0152

Address of food bank is 223 Ellison St.
Paterson, New Jersey 07509
Dial (973) 742 - 5518
A number of social services are offered, including food for senior citizens and children in Passaic County. Canned goods, fruits, and vegetables may be provided to the unemployed and less fortunate.

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Address: 251 253 River St.
Paterson, New Jersey 07501
Main number - (973) 279 - 2580

Father English Community Center
Location 435 Main St.
Paterson, NJ, 07501
(973) 881 - 0415

His Word Ministries
593 Ringwood Ave
Wanaque, New Jersey 07465
(973) 616 – 5640
Have an onsite food bank, thrift store, and clothing closet.

Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center
911 E 23rd St.
Paterson, NJ, 07513
Phone number - (973) 684 – 3320
Regardless of background or religion, may serve hot meals and distribute free groceries and perishable food items. Free food programs are offered in Spanish too.

Kokem Angel Food Pantry
43 Market St.
Paterson, New Jersey 07505
Dial (866) 377 – 9776
Runs the Angel Food program, which offers healthy, nutritious meals and groceries. Save up to 50%. The program is offered to everyone in Passaic, regardless of their income.







Love of Jesus Church
Location - 385 Broadway
Paterson, NJ, 07524
Telephone number is (973) 742 - 6718

Madison Avenue Crossroads Community Ministries
Address: 498 Madison Ave
Paterson, New Jersey 07514
Telephone number - (973) 278 - 5627

Madison Park Epworth United Methodist Church
Address - 291 Sussex St., Paterson, NJ, 07503. Call the church at (973) 279 - 9446
Get free groceries daily. There is emergency help, paper products like toilet paper or napkins, and other goods. Or find laundry detergent, canned soup, cereal, bread and more. Or get holiday food baskets for children, with meals, Thanksgiving turkey dinners and more.

Milton United Methodist Church
Address - 316 Dover-Milton Rd
Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438
Phone number - (973) 697 - 3194

New Hope Community Ministries
331 North 11th Street
Prospect Park, NJ 07508
(973) 942 - 4059
Call for hours and application process of emergency food box distribution.

Northside Community Chapel, Wycoff Reformed Church
90 Jefferson St
Paterson, New Jersey 07522
Call - (973) 595 – 5311 for hours and information on services.

Paterson Avenue United Methodist Church
41 Burlington Ave
Paterson, NJ, 07501
Main number - (973) 790 - 1788
May have food, groceries, hot meals, clothing, and more for those who need help.

Pentecostal Church of God
Location is 161 Barclay St, Paterson, New Jersey 07503. Dial (973) 904 - 0908
Food pantry for needy and struggling members of the community. Hot meals, holiday groceries, nutritional supplements and even meals or home delivery for the disabled or elderly.





Pompton Reformed Church
59 Hamburg Tpke
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 07442
Phone number is - (973) 835 - 0541

St. Gerard's Church
Location is 501 W Broadway, Paterson, NJ, 07522. Phone - (973) 595 - 8446
Whether free groceries, infant formula, or a box of food, low income families in Passaic County can get help. Get stuff such as Boxed stuffing, pastries, Cereal, Juice, potatoes, pasta or more.

St. Joseph's Church, West Milford
Address - 454 Germantown Rd
West Milford, New Jersey 07480
(973) 492 - 6037

St. Mary's Parish
17 Pompton Ave
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 07442
(973) 835 – 0374
Call them for help. May have meals, items such as diapers, and free or low cost groceries.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Paterson
451 Van Houten St
Paterson, NJ, 07501
Telephone number is (973) 278 - 7900

St. Peter's Haven
380 Clifton Ave
Clifton, New Jersey 07011
Phone number of the non-profit is (973) 546 - 3406

Totowa United Methodist Church
Address - 105 Church St
Totowa, NJ, 07512
(973) 790 - 5961
Get free emergency boxes of groceries. Canned meat, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bread, Infant formula and other items.

Unity Christian Reformed Church
Main address - 339 N 11th St., Prospect Park, NJ, 07508. Dial (973) 595 – 8573
Can direct the low income to food programs, shelter, and state of New Jersey public and cash assistance resources. Or get laundry detergent, diapers, backpacks meals/snacks for students and other free items in Passaic County.

Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry
Wayne, NJ
Main phone - (973) 595-1900
Available for residents of Wayne only. Please call, email or visit our website for more information.





West Milford Presbyterian Church
Location is 1452 Union Valley Rd
West Milford, New Jersey 07480
Telephone - (973) 728 - 3081

Find other free food programs in Passaic County

If you need free food and one of the pantries above can’t help you, dial 908.355.3663 for more information on assistance in Passaic County near you. Other charities, churches, soup kitchens and non-profits near you may have baby formula, fresh fruits, meats, meals for students and more for low income and struggling families. Or get help with applying for free school lunches, SNAP food stamps and government aid.


By Jon McNamara

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