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Free Food pantries /Food Banks
Food banks and free food pantries listed below help families that are facing hunger.. . The pantries are mostly located at churches and non-profits in the region. Most of the free food pantry locations may have an application process, which usually requires proof of income, residency proof etc. Using donations from the community, and relying on volunteers, the locations may pass out free boxes of food or serve a meal.
Bergenfield Borough Hall
Address – 198 N. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, New Jersey
Food bank hours – Mon.-Fri. 8:30A.M.-4:00P.M.
Telephone number of the pantry is 201-384-0101. Call them for food or information on assistance programs.
St. John the Evangelist
Address – 29 North Washington Avenue,
The center is open – Last Monday of month 8:30A.M.-11:00A.M. and 6:00P.M.-7:00 pm
Faith And Hope Food Pantry located at Christ Church
Address is 480 Warwick Ave. Teaneck, NJ 07666
Dial the location at 201-833-4502
The non-profit will have canned meats, personal hygiene items, soup, and other groceries.
St Joseph’s Church
115 E. Fort Lee Road, Bogota, New Jersey
Hours of Operation: Sun.-Thurs. 8 A.M.-4:30P.M.
Food and referrals are provided by this Bergen County church. They also serve
Cliffside Park Borough Hall
Address – 525 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park
This location services Cliffside Park and surrounding areas (Fairview, Edgewater, Fort Lee)
Call the center at Mon.-Fri. 9:00A.M.-4:00P.M.
Center For Food Action
Food pantry address – 301A Hoboken Road, Carlstadt
This food pantry serves the towns and cities of Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, North Arlington, Wood-Ridge, and Wallington New Jersey.
The food pantry is open from Tues.-Thurs. 9:00A.M.-4:00P.M.
Clients can not only receive a bag of free groceries, but staff also help them apply for SNAP food stamps or school lunches for their child.
Church of the Epiphany Food Pantry
Food pantry address – 247 Knox Avenue, Cliffside Park
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 9:00A.M.-4:00 P.M.Sat. 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Dial the food bank at 201-784-0600
St. Margaret Of Cortona Food Pantry
Address – 31 Chamberlain Avenue, Little Ferry, NJ 07643
Telephone number – 201-641-2988
Non-perishable food is offered.
Closter Borough Hall
295 Closter Dock Road, Closter, New Jersey
Telephone number: 201-568-1400
St. Therese/Cresskill Food Pantry
Location – 65 E. Madison Ave., Cresskill
The food bank is for Cresskill residents only
Dial for help – 201-945-6329
Clients include very low income families and the working poor. The pantry is combined with a Meals on Wheels program for senior citizens and the homebound in Bergen County.
Holy Rosary Church Pantry
Church address – 56 Edgewater Place, Edgewater
Food is distributed from 3rd Thurs. 11A.M.-Noon
Telephone number: 201-703-9857
Elmwood Park Center for Food Action
21 Church Street, Elmwood Park
Cities and towns served by this location are Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Lodi, Maywood, Paramus, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, Wallington New Jersey.
Hours of Operation: Mon./Wed./Fri. 10:00A.M.-2:00P.M.
May have items like free food for the low income, perishable items, breads, rice, and more.
Englewood Center for Food Action located at 192 W. Demarest Avenue.
This center serves Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Fort Lee, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, River Vale, Teaneck, Tenafly
Phone number – 201-568-1465
St. Cecilia Church/Office of Concern
Address – 85 Demarest Avenue, Englewood
Hours open – Mon.-Thurs. 9:00A.M. –1:00P.M.
Call – 201-794-5327
Volunteers collect items from the region, including stores such as Wal-Mart .Income qualified applicants can be given free food, hygiene items, baby formula, and more. They also process applications for the WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or have Christmas meals and gifts for families.
Fair Lawn Health Department
8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fairlawn
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 8:30A.M.-4:30P.M.
Telephone number of the center is 201-945-4865
St. John The Baptist Church Food Pantry
239 Anderson Avenue, Fairview
Food pantry hours and dates open – Every Wed. 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
Call for information – 201-461-7241
Lyndhurst Food Pantry, part of the Lyndhurst Health Department
253 Stuyvesant Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Telephone number – 201-804-2500
Hours of center are Mon-Thurs: 1:30-4pm
This local food pantry provides free food, groceries and toiletries to Lyndhurst residents only.
Friends for Life – Serves HIV/AIDS Clients only
1576 Palisade Avenue, Ft. Lee
Hours of Operation: Mon./Fri. (by appointment only), Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Dial 973-773-2444 for information, free food, or other support.
Calvary Baptist Food and Clothing Pantry
419 Harrison Avenue, Garfield
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M
Clothing for work and school may be distributed. Also holiday meals and gifts. Bergen County families can get shelter, bags of food, and much more. Aid is limited to available funding and donations.
Loaves and Fishes Interfaith Food Pantry
119 Charles St., Garfield, New Jersey
Hours – 3rd Saturday of month 10:00A.M.-Noon/or by appointment
Call – 201-646-3947
Referrals are given to churches that help the poor. Information on financial aid, a bag of groceries, transportation, and more is available.
Hackensack Department of Human Services
Address of main office – 215 State St. Hackensack
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 9:00A.M.-3:00P.M.
Dial – 201-342-6531
Families living in poverty can apply for SNAP food stamps, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and USDA commodities.
Salvation Army – Second Reform Church
36 Union Street, Hackensack
Food and meals are provided on Tues./Thurs. 10:00A.M.-1:00P.M.; Hot meals on Sundays only: 12:30P.M. Call for help – 201-336-6000 x6501
Many social services are run. They operate a soup kitchen, provide holiday meals, and financial aid for bills. Gift cards may also be provided for special dietary needs.
County of Bergen Department of Human Resources
Government office address is 1 Bergen County Plaza, 2nd floor
Dial the location at – 201-883-9375
Hackensack Center for Food Action – Only helps those who are referred
316 First Street, Hackensack, New Jersey
Towns and cities served Bogota, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Hts., Little Ferry, Moonachie, Oradell, River Edge, So. Hackensack
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 9:30 A.M-3:30 P.M. / Fri. 9:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
Buddies of New Jersey, Inc.
149 Hudson Street, Hackensack, New Jersey
Information Needed to Qualify: Program for AIDS/HIV positive clients only
Area Served: Bergen and Passaic counties
Hours of Operation: Mon. 11:00A.M.-2:00P.M., Tues.-Thurs. 1:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
On Our Own
179 Main Street, Hackensack
Hours – Mon.-Fri. Noon-7:00P.M.; Sat.-Sun. 1:00P.M.-6:00 P.M. (on a limited basis)
Dial the pantry at – 201-968-0200
Both canned and perishable food (such as fruit, vegetables, and meat) is offered.
Bergen County Shelter
21 E. Kansas St.-breakfast; 67 Orchard St-dinner
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Sun. Breakfast 10:30A.M.-Noon at 21 E. Main St., Hackensack
Mon.-Sun. Dinner 4:00P.M.-5:00P.M. at 67 Orchard St., Hackensack
The homeless can be given a hot meal at the soup kitchen.
Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless
67 Orchard St. Hackensack
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Sun. 4 P.M.-5 P.M.
Shelter, hot meals, and information on short term transitional housing is offered.
Hasbrouck Heights Borough Hall
218-222 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Hts.
This pantry can help Hasbrouck Heights residents only
Location hours are Mon. 9:00A.M.-11:00A.M.
Phone number of center is 201-288-0195
Hillsdale Board of Health/Helping Hands, Interfaith Food Pantry
United Methodist Church 349 Hillsdale Avenue, Hillsdale
Towns and cities helped are Pascack Valley Area: Hillsdale, River Vale, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake
Hours – Mon. 5:30P.M.-6:45P.M. / 1st Sat. of month 9:00A.M.-11:00A.M.
Bergen County families can be given help from the pantry. Boxes of groceries may have pasta, soup, coffee, dairy, and more.
The Rutherford Community Food Pantry, Inc.
Address of center is – 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Telephone number – 201-933-1225
This food pantry provides assistance to Rutherford New Jersey residents.
Social Services of Ridgewood
6 Station Plaza, Ridgewood, New Jersey
People served – Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Waldwick, Glen Rock, Midland Park
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
In addition to the food pantry, get help in apply for public aid like food stamps, WIC, and summer meals (breakfast and lunch) for students on break.
St. Margaret of Cortona
31 Chamberlain Avenue, New Jersey
Little Ferry, Moonachie are the towns served by this food bank.
Hours – 1st and 3rd Wed. 10:00 A.M.-Noon
An emergency food pantry is at the charity.
Sacred Heart Church
324 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst
The church passes out food from Mon.-Fri. 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Call 201-934-5085 for information or assistance.
Mahwah Center for Food Action
281 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, New Jersey
Telephone: 201-587-7730 x212
Rochelle Pk/Maywood Welfare
151 W. Passaic Street, Rm. 160, Rochelle Park
The government office helps the low income in Maywood, Rochelle Park NJ.
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-4:00P.M.
Telephone: 201-262-5405 or 201-836-8961
Applications are given to government programs. They include Emergency Food Assistance Program, WIC, TANF cash grants, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Church of the Ascension Food Pantry
256 Azalea Drive, New Milford
Hours of Operation: 3rd Mon. 9-11:00A.M. / 6-8:00P.M. 3rd Tues. 9-10:00A.M.
Queen of Peace Church
Church address is 14 Ridge Road, North Arlington
Only North Arlington residents are able to apply for assistance.
Hours -Sat. 9:30A.M.-10:30A.M.
Telephone number: 201-337-8111 x 215
Dozens of boxes of free, USDA approved food boxes are passed out monthly.
Oakland Borough Hall
Address – 1 Municipal Plaza, Oakland, NJ
Food bank hours – Mon.-Fri. 8:30A.M.-4:30 P.M. Call ahead.
Paramus Department of Human Services
Location – 93 North Farview Ave, Paramus
Free food is passed out on Mon.-Fri. Call between 9:00A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dial – 201-573-9083
Pascack Food Center
65 Pascack Road, Park Ridge
This food center provides food, groceries, and assistance to Pascack Valley Area, which includes Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Park Ridge, Westwood, & others in Bergen County NJ.
Hours of Operation: Tues./Thurs. 9-11:00A.M. (new clients who are asking for food need to call first)
Address – 585 Edison Street, Ridgefield
The regions of Leonia, Little Ferry, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, and Palisades Park are served help.
Hours – Mon.-Fri. 9:00A.M.-12:30 P.M.
St. Francis Food for Friends
Address of food distribution – 114 Mt. Vernon Street, Ridgefield Pk., New Jersey
Items available in Bergen County include fruit, Senior Brown Bag, Thanksgiving food baskets, and home delivery for the disabled and elderly.
Social Services of Ridgewood
6 Station Plaza, Ridgewood
Bergen County New Jersey cities and towns served are. Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Waldwick, Glen Rock
Food bank – Hours – Mon.-Fri. 10:00A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Telephone number – 201-933-1225
They also help feed children from low income families during the summer months.
Rutherford Community Food Pantry
Location – 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford
Hours – Mon./Thurs. 2-4:00P.M., Wed. 5-7:00 P.M.
Dial – 201-833-4502/4503
Faith and Hope
480 Warwick Ave. Teaneck, New Jersey
Hours – 2nd and 4th Sat. from 9-11:00A.M.
Phone number is 201-666-1100
St. Andrew’s Church
141 Washington Ave, Westwood, New Jersey
Residents of Westwood and adjoining towns can call pantry for free food.
Hours -Thurs. 7:30 P.M.
Phone number – 201-891-7494
St. Joseph Food Pantry
Address – 115 East Fort Lee Road, Bogota, NJ 07603
Telephone number – 201-342-6300
Food Pantry Hours: Office – Mon-Fri: 8:30 am-4pm
Center for Food Action has multiple locations in the area. They are located below.
The various locations provide residents with a free food pantry, referrals to other charities and social service organizations, or emergency utility bill and housing assistance. There is also budgeting and nutritional counseling, among other resources. In addition, they offer personal care products, paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, supermarket gift cards.
- 301 Hoboken Road, Carlstadt, NJ 07072. Telephone: 201-933-4268
- S239 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022, Telephone: 201-945-5831
- 316 First Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Telephone: 201-883-9375
- 90 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430, Telephone: 201-529-2029
- 224 Midland Ave., Saddle Brook, NJ, Telephone: 201-703-9857
- 451 Grand Avenue, Palisades Park 07650, Telephone: 201-242-0018
Church of the Epiphany
247 Knox Avenue, Church Rectory, Cliffside Park, New Jersey 07010
Dial for help – 201-943-7320
Holy Rosary Church Pantry
Address – 26 Edgewater Place, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Telephone number- 201-945-6329
Case management and referrals are provided along with healthy food. There may also be meats, baby formula, and referrals to local clinics.
Fairlawn Food Pantry
8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Suite 112
Telephone number of the pantry is – 201-794-5333
This Bergen County New Jersey site provides a pantry, referrals to other local charities, non-profits, and social service organizations, and can offer financial assistance too for bills.
Good Shepherd Inc. – Friends for Life –
1576 Palisade Avenue Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone number – 201-461-7241
Hours of the food bank are Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Pantry: Wed & Thurs: 10am-3pm
Offers meals, lunches, dinners, food, and groceries. Personal care items provided too.
Loaves And Fishes Interfaith Food Pantry
Address – 66 Palisade Avenue, Garfield, NJ 07026
Telephone number is 973-253-8557
Limited hours, and they are only. 3rd Sat of month: 10am-12pm
This particular site provides families and individuals with a free food pantry supported by a Christian Volunteer Organization working toward easing the hunger.. problem in Garfield. Items provided include free food, hygiene items, cleaning products, and much more.
Bergen County Community Action Partnership Shelter And Walk-In Lunch Program
241 Moore Street Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Dial 201-968-0200 for programs.
The non-profit serves meals to the homeless, elderly, and anyone that is hungry, no questions asked.
Family Promise Of Bergen County – Provides help and support to working homeless families that have children.
Address – 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood New Jersey 07450
Telephone number: 201-833-8009
Buddies Of New Jersey, Inc.
Food bank location is 149 Hudson Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Telephone number – 201-489-2900
Hours of pantry are Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Among other things, this Bergen County New Jersey pantry provides access to a free food pantry, support groups, counseling, transportation, information on government programs such as food stamps, and an evening help line.
Church Of The Ascension Food Pantry
Address of the pantry is – S256 Azalea Drive New Milford, NJ 07646
Telephone number: 201-262-5405 or 201-836-8961
St. Michaels Food Pantry
Food pantry address is – 19 East Central Boulevard, Palisade Park, New Jersey 07650
Telephone number – 201-944-1061
The charity provides food, meals, and other household items.
St. Francis Food For Friends
Location of the center is – 114 Mount Vernon Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Telephone number – 201-641-6464
A food pantry is run at the location.
Ponds Reformed Church
341 Ramapo Valley Rd.
The number is 201-337-6744, and the free pantry is open Monday – Friday, 9AM – 2 PM.
Jewish Family Services of Bergen County
Address is 1485 Teaneck Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone – (201) 837-9090
There is emergency food and financial help, information on scholarship programs and more. They also help immigrants, Spanish speakers, and refugees.
Englewood Salvation Army
380 S. VanBrunt St
Englewood, NEw Jersey 07631
The non-profit helps the vulnerable. Single moms can request a meal or box of infant formula, there are Christmas food baskets and Angel Tree gift program, and thrift store, and other aid.
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