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Trenton and Mercer County New Jersey free food pantries.

Food pantries and soup kitchens serve the less fortunate across Mercer County. The distribution centers are mostly operated by charities or churches, however some government agencies can also ensure that low income families receive some form of free food, groceries or hot meals. Clients include seniors, the disabled, and children from the greater Trenton area. Find free food banks near you in the Trenton region below as well as a free referral number at the bottom of the page.

The centers can be turned to when a family is faced with a crisis. Each location is open limited hours and will try to not turn anyone away. So boxes of food passed out from a pantry may have non-perishable groceries, fruits, vegetables, or even items such as baby formula or diapers. Other food pantries or soup kitchens in Mercer County will also serve hot meals, including at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton emergency food pantry
Address is 132 N Warren St
Trenton, New Jersey, 08608
Phone - (609) 394 – 8847
Families facing hunger, regardless of religion, can stop by for free food, groceries, or clothing. The volunteers will also refer the low income to government programs such as SNAP food stamps or even WIC vouchers.

Crisis Ministry of Trenton
There are multiple sites that offer hunger prevention services. Groceries, baby formula for single parents in Trenton, hot meals, and more is served.
123 E Hanover St, Trenton, NJ, 08608, dial (609) 396 - 9355
61 Nassau St, Princeton, New Jersey, 08542

Mercer Street Friends Teaching Pantry
151 Mercer Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Call 609-396-1506 for hours.




Lutheran Church Of The Redeemer
189 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Main phone - (609) 396-2411
Free boxes of food are offered from the pantry. Clients are all ages. They also run a thrift store and Meals on Wheels program for senior citizens.

Habitat for Humanity - East Trenton Center
Address is 601 N Clinton Ave
Trenton, New Jersey, 08638
Main number is (609) 393 – 8009
Fruits, vegetables, and Thanksgiving and free Christmas meals are served. The food banks assists on a first come and served basis.

Trinity Cathedral Food Pantry
Location is 801 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Allentown Presbyterian Church
20 High Street
Allentown,  New Jersey
For information on the food bank, dial (609) 259-7289

601 N Clinton Ave
Trenton, NJ, 08638
Main phone - (609) 393 - 8009
Up to 1 week of food is passed out in Mercer County. Another location is at 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648, dial (609) 989 – 9417. They also run a home delivery meal service for the homebound.





John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Service Center
169 Wilfred Ave
Hamilton, NJ, 08610
(609) 393 – 6480
Both emergency financial aid as well as food, transportation, and applications to public aid are offered at the non-profit.

Christ Presbyterian Church
746 Klockner Rd
Trenton, New Jersey 08619
Main number is (609) 587-0751

Arm in Arm
Address is 123 East Hanover St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Multiple social services. Free food, both canned and fresh items. There may be pasta, ingredients for preparing a meal, baby formula, Ensure for the elderly and other groceries. They also operate a homeless shelter.

Salvation Army Mercer County food pantries and soup kitchens
There are multiple financial assistance programs as well as free basic needs. A free food pantry will have groceries, hygiene supplies like detergent or toilet paper, fruits, vegetables and more. They also have free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas food boxes and other programs. More on Salvation Army assistance Mercer County.

Anchor House
Location is 482 Centre St
Trenton, New Jersey 08611
Dial (609) 396-8329
Assistance ranges from a soup kitchen for hot meals to an emergency pantry.

Abundant Life Christian
1440 Pennington Rd STE 2
Ewing Township, NJ 08618
Phone: (609) 883-9780

St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish
Location is 3500 S Broad St.
Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
Phone number is (609) 585-7049
This is the food bank for the church. Find items, including but not limited too, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Canned Chicken / Meat, Beans, Canned vegetables, Rice and more.





Bethel Seventh Day Adventist
Main address is 207 Hillcrest Ave
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
Dial the charity at (609) 393-2224

Greater Word for the World Ministries
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
Telephone - (609) 394-9094

Lawrence Neighborhood Service Center
Address - 295 Eggerts Crossing Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648
(609) 883 - 3379
Low income families can get help. The charity offers summer snacks to children, information and referrals to SNAP food stamps and pantries, and other support services.

Jewish Family & Children's Service
707 Alexander Rd Suite 102
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
(609) 987-8100
They help the low income, elderly, and poor on Mercer County, regardless of religion. Find vegetables, Kosher meals, fruits, Boxed or Canned Soups, canned meats, Canned tuna or salmon and fruit juices at the free emergency pantry.

Samaritan Baptist Church
531 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Trenton, NJ 08618
Main phone number is (609) 393-0016

Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton
Address - 73 N Clinton Ave
Trenton, New Jersey, 08609
(609) 392 – 3402
Special dietary needs can be met by the non-profit food bank. Baby formula, food, free diapers, baby clothing, and other goods are passed out. They also have personal hygiene items and small Christmas gifts for children.

Rise - A Community Service Partnership Food Pantry
225 Franklin St
Hightstown, NJ, 08520
(609) 443 - 4464
Rise maintains a year-round pantry of perishable and non-perishable food, as well as personal care items, baby supplies and pet food.

Tender Hearts Association
320 Scully Ave
Hamilton, NJ, 08619
(609) 890 – 3517
Free holiday baskets are distributed for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Meals, presents for children, and delivery is arranged to the elderly.

United Progress
162 W State St
Trenton, NJ, 08608
(609) 392 - 2161
The non-profit offers everything from grants to referrals and financial aid in Mercer County.

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
72 Escher St
Trenton, NJ 08609
Main phone - (609) 695-5456
Free hot meals, lunches, breakfast, dinners and more. Bag lunches are also passed out the the low income and unemployed (among others).







Cadwalader Asbury United Methodist Church
910 Stuyvesant Ave
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 392-1037
A pantry is run for Mercer County families. Canned goods, fruits, meats, and more are on site.

Yad Ezra - The Helping Hand
125 S Main St
East Windsor, New Jersey, 08520
Dial (609) 336 – 7260
Emergency food and groceries are offered by appointment only.

Additional free food and meal programs in Mercer County

Dial 908-355-3663 for more information of food pantries and hunger prevention near you. Referrals are given to everything from emergency pantries to application sites for state of New Jersey programs including WIC or SNAP food stamps. There are also meals, clothing closets, food pantries with boxes of groceries, and thrift stores in Mercer County.


By Jon McNamara

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