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Getting Food for This Week

Last Updated: 07/01/2022

Food pantries and soup kitchens are good options, particularly if you need food quickly. Some organizations even have drive-through pick-up or hot meals available.

What To Expect When Visiting a Food Pantry

Some pantries are walk-in; some are by appointment. Some will ask you for some documentation like a photo ID, Social Security card and/or proof of residence like a utility bill or bank statement; some will not. Some may require masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make your experience as easy as possible, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Check out the links below to identify which pantries are located in your county or are on your local transportation routes.
  2. Once you identify a pantry or two in a good location, double-check whether its hours and requirements line up with your schedule and which documents you have.If you have more questions, you call (or email, as possible) the pantry. For example, if a photo ID is required, you may want to ask whether your student ID would work.
  3. If it's a pantry that requires an appointment, give them a call to set one up.
  4. As needed, make sure you gather any necessary documents in advance of the day you're heading to the pantry. If you need a photo ID, you can visit your closest NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and if you need to replace a Social Security card, visit this page from the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Food Pantries + Hot Meals

Statewide Search

NJ 211 Food Pantry Search. Type in your zip code to search.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Type in your zip code to search.

Atlantic County

Food Banks in New Jersey's Heartland.A directory of food pantries organized by county (Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester). Each listing includes location, and phone number. Some listings also include a brief description of the service. (Scroll down on the page to find your county.)

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Atlantic). List of food pantries in this county.

Bergen County

Bergen County Food Security Task Force.A searchable directory of food pantries. Scroll down to "Find a Food Pantry" and type in your city, address or zip code. The options will pop up just underneath the search area.

Center for Food Action's Appointment-Only Drive-Through Service. Complete the form and someone will call you back to schedule an appointment. You may schedule an appointment once every two weeks. FYI: While the contents of your food package will vary, you will receive nonperishables, and dairy, eggs, meat, bread, and produce when it is available.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Bergen). List of food pantries in this county.

Burlington County

Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries. Kosher, non-perishable food and personal care items to food-insecure households. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, clients are currently receiving monthly, contactless grocery deliveries. Call 856-424-1333 or email faphelp@jfedsnj.org to schedule an intake appointment.

Food Bank of South New Jersey.A searchable list of food banks in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties including hours, locations, and contact information.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Burlington). List of food pantries in this county.

Camden County

Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries. Kosher, non-perishable food and personal care items to food-insecure households. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, clients are currently receiving monthly, contactless grocery deliveries. Call 856-424-1333 or email faphelp@jfedsnj.org to schedule an intake appointment.

Food Bank of South New Jersey.A searchable list of food banks in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties including hours, locations, and contact information.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Camden). List of food pantries in this county.

Cumberland County

Food Banks in New Jersey's Heartland.A directory of food pantries organized by county (Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester). Each listing includes location, and phone number. Some listings also include a brief description of the service. (Scroll down on the page to find your county.)

Essex County

MEND Hunger Relief Network of Essex County, NJ.A directory of food pantries in the area. Each listing includes location, contact name, phone number, eligibility criteria, and hours of operation.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Essex). List of food pantries in this county.

Gloucester County

Gloucester County Resource Directory. A directory of food pantries in Gloucester County. Each listing includes address, hours, phone number, any eligibility criteria, and map.

Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries. Kosher, non-perishable food and personal care items to food-insecure households. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, clients are currently receiving monthly, contactless grocery deliveries. Call 856-424-1333 or email faphelp@jfedsnj.org to schedule an intake appointment.

Food Bank of South New Jersey.A searchable list of food banks in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties including hours, locations, and contact information.

South Jersey Dream Center.Curbside pickup for groceries and baby items in West Deptford, Wednesdays from 12pm to 2:30pm - by appointment only. Fill in the form on the website to connect with the organization and get an appointment.

Food Banks in New Jersey's Heartland.A directory of food pantries organized by county (Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester). Each listing includes location, and phone number. Some listings also include a brief description of the service. (Scroll down on the page to find your county.)

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Gloucester). List of food pantries in this county.

Hudson County

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Hudson). List of food pantries in this county.

Hunterdon County

Housing Resource Guide. This document has food pantry details, as well as information on other resources like utilities assistance, affordable housing, and places with affordable or free clothing and furniture.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Hunterdon). List of food pantries in this county.

Mercer County

Trenton Area Free Food Resources. A searchable directory of free food resources. Includes location, distribution times, a phone number, and (when available) a website or contact person. Results can be filtered by service days, time of day, eligibility (when included), and pantry/meal.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Mercer). List of food pantries in this county.

Middlesex County

Middlesex County Programs. Type in your zipcode in the search. This will put you to a site with your location name on it. Select the "Food" programs option and then select either "Meals & Soup Kitchens" or "Pantries."

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Middlesex). List of food pantries in this county.

Monmouth County

Fulfill NJ. A searchable directory of pantries in Monmouth and Ocean County. Listings include the location, phone number, and hours for each service. They also offer child food programs and SNAP enrollment assistance.

Lunch Break.Provides three meals a day Monday-Friday as well as a Saturday breakfast. They also have a client choice food pantry six days a week. Currently, services are to-go due to COVID-19. Check the calendar for hours. Located at 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank, NJ.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Monmouth). List of food pantries in this county.

Montgomery County

Montgomery Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry. A free pantry at the church. Open air, honor system (take what you need and donate what you can). Located at 246 Belle Mead Griggstown Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. Phone number: 908-874-4634.

Ocean County

Fulfill NJ.A searchable directory of pantries in Monmouth and Ocean County. Listings include the location, phone number, and hours for each service. They also offer child food programs and SNAP enrollment assistance.

Plentiful Plates of Ocean County NJ. Call (201) 394-9175, email toniski158@gmail.com, or WhatsApp message off of theFacebook page for more information.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Ocean). List of food pantries in this county.

Passaic County

[Note: Upper Passaic] Center for Food Action's Appointment-Only Drive-Through Service. Complete the form and someone will call you back to schedule an appointment. You may schedule an appointment once every two weeks. FYI: While the contents of your food package will vary, you will receive nonperishables, and dairy, eggs, meat, bread, and produce when it is available.

Eva's Village - Community Kitchen. Serves breakfast at 8:30am Monday through Friday, and lunch at 12pm and 1pm Monday through Friday.

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Passaic). List of food pantries in this county.

Salem County

Food Bank of South New Jersey.A searchable list of food banks in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties including hours, locations, and contact information.

Somerset County

Somerset County Food Banks/Pantries/Soup Kitchens for Residents. A directory of food resources (including pantries & soup kitchens) organized by municipality. Each listing includes location, phone number, hours of operation, eligibility criteria, and website (if available).

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Somerset). List of food pantries in this county.

Union County

Needhelppayingbills.com list of food pantries (Union). List of food pantries in this county.

Warren County

Washington Community Food Pantry.Call 908-689-2547 to make sure you are eligible. Located at First Presbyterian Church of Washington at 40 East Church Street, Washington NJ. Hours are Tuesday-Friday and every 3rd Saturday from 9:15am - 11am. (Closed on holidays.)