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Find Free Food In New JerseyLemontree is here to help you find the best food pantry near you. Food pantries and food banks are a great place to find groceries if you need some help. Many of these locations can help you find food as quickly as today. Whether it’s a church around the corner or a mobile food pantry, the places below should help. In addition, you should consider applying for SNAP (food stamps) if you don’t already get government assistance.
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Community Food Bank - Elizabeth

    1 hour

    average wait time


    Info

    Requires to call for hours. Serves Union County.

    • Requirements

      • Call in advance for services
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
    Map of Community Food Bank - Elizabeth

    Location

    31 Evans Terminal Road

    Hillside, NJ 07205

    directions

    Contact

    (908) 355-3663

    http://www.cfbnj.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries), Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals)

    Salvation Army, Elizabeth Corps

    18 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    -

    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • Registration required
      • Appointments required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month
      • Diapers upon availability

    Schedule

    • Today

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–11:45 am

      • ID required
      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Tomorrow

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–11:45 am

      • ID required
      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Next Monday

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–11:45 am

      • ID required
      • Call in advance for services
      • Appointments required
    • Food pantry (groceries): 9:00 am–11:45 am

      every week on Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

    • Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the 1st

    Map of Salvation Army, Elizabeth Corps

    Location

    1005 East Jersey Street

    Elizabeth, NJ 07201

    directions

    Contact

    (908) 352-7057

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Nazareth Baptist Church

    1 hour 9 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • You are advised to arrive as early 7 am as there is a realy long line and people arrive early to que.
    • Requirements

      • Must bring own bags/cart
      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      8:00 am–10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Sat, May 11th (in 2 weeks)

      8:00 am–10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Sat, May 25th (in 4 weeks)

      8:00 am–10:00 am

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • 8:00 am–10:00 am

      every month on the 2nd Saturday

    • 8:00 am–10:00 am

      every month on the 4th Saturday

    Map of Nazareth Baptist Church

    Location

    5800 Palisade Avenue

    West New York, NJ 07093

    directions
  5. How do I get food?

    You can receive food by visiting the food pantry or soup kitchen when it’s open. Make sure to check each resource page to see details like address, full schedule, and requirements.

  6. Can someone deliver the food to my house?

    Delivery services are very limited and are reserved for senior citizens or those with serious medical problems. If you believe you fall into either category, let us know and we may be able to help you find options in New Jersey.

  7. What do I have to bring?

    Every location is different! Please review the details included on each resource to see whether you need to bring any documentation like ID or proof of address, or supplies like bags to carry the food. If you don’t see any information on the resource, you don’t have to bring anything!

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Newark Spanish 7TH Day Adventist Church

    37 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Must bring own bags/cart
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
    • Info

      • Open to all
      • Client can visit: Once a week

    Schedule

    • Next Wednesday

      3:00 pm–5:00 pm

    • Wed, May 8th (in 2 weeks)

      3:00 pm–5:00 pm

    • Wed, May 15th (in 3 weeks)

      3:00 pm–5:00 pm

    • 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday

    Map of Newark Spanish 7TH Day Adventist Church

    Location

    58 2nd Avenue

    Mount Pleasant/Lower Broadway, NJ 07104

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Paul's Community Development Corporation

    12 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Must bring own bags/cart
      • Registration required on site
      • Must show a New Jersey photo ID
      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
    • Info

      • Client can visit: twice a month

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:00 am–11:00 am

    • Tomorrow

      9:00 am–11:00 am

    • Next Monday

      9:00 am–11:00 am

    • 9:00 am–11:00 am

      every week on Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    Map of St. Paul's Community Development Corporation

    Location

    451 Van Houten Street

    Paterson, NJ 07501

    directions
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    Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals), Food pantry (groceries)

    Salvation Army - Union City

    50 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Pantry distribution may begin before 9am. Advisable to arrive early.

    • Requirements

      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Prepared Meals

    Schedule

    • Today

      Food pantry (groceries): 8:00 am

    • Today

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 11:30 am–12:15 pm

    • Tomorrow

      Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 11:30 am–12:15 pm

    • Food pantry (groceries): 8:00 am–

      every week on Thursday

    • Soup kitchen (ready-to-eat meals): 11:30 am–12:15 pm

      every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

    Map of Salvation Army - Union City

    Location

    515 43rd Street

    Union City, NJ 07087

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Father English Community Center

    30 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • A photo ID is required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability
      • Emergency food available on an as-needed basis.
      • Clothing may be available
    • Info

      • Needs volunteers
      • Client can visit: twice a month
      • Closed on major holidays

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Next Monday

      9:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 9:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

    Map of Father English Community Center

    Location

    35 Getty Avenue

    Paterson, NJ 07503

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Wood Cuff Christian Harvest

    30 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • ID required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability
      • Clothing may be available

    Schedule

    • Sat, May 4th (next week)

      8:00 am–1:00 pm

    • Sat, May 18th (in 3 weeks)

      8:00 am–1:00 pm

    • Sat, June 1st (in 2 months)

      8:00 am–1:00 pm

    • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 1st Saturday

    • 8:00 am–1:00 pm

      every month on the 3rd Saturday

    Map of Wood Cuff Christian Harvest

    Location

    7605 Palisade Avenue

    North Bergen, NJ 07047

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Jefferson Park Ministries Inc. (JPM)

    1 hour 14 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    *Registration will start at 9 am and food distribution will start at 1pm

    • Diapers aavailable, but parent must register before the 3rd Thursday of the month.
    • Requirements

      • ID required
      • Registration required on site
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability

    Schedule

    • Thu, May 9th (in 2 weeks)

      Food pantry (groceries): 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • Thu, May 16th (in 3 weeks)

      Food pantry (groceries): 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

      • Diapers available (must bring birth certificate)
    • Thu, June 13th (in 2 months)

      Food pantry (groceries): 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • Food pantry (groceries): 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

      every month on the 3rd Thursday

    • Food pantry (groceries): 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Thursday

    Map of Jefferson Park Ministries Inc. (JPM)

    Location

    70 West Grand Street

    Elizabeth, NJ 07202

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    BRIAN P. STACK CIVIC ASSOC. INC

    1 hour 9 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • ID required
      • Registration required
      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month
      • Diapers upon availability
      • Emergency food available on an as-needed basis.
    • Info

      • Needs volunteers
      • Serves first 200 people
      • Will reschedule in case of holiday closures
      • Client can visit: Once a week
      • Closed on major holidays

    Schedule

    • Next Wednesday

      4:00 pm–6:00 pm

    • Wed, May 8th (in 2 weeks)

      4:00 pm–6:00 pm

    • Wed, May 15th (in 3 weeks)

      4:00 pm–6:00 pm

    • 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday

    Map of BRIAN P. STACK CIVIC ASSOC. INC

    Location

    811 West Street

    Union City, NJ 07087

    directions

    Contact

    (201) 376-1942

    https://brianstackcivic.org/

  15. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in New Jersey accept appointments, some require it, and others allow walk-ins. Please review all details on the resource page to understand how you should prepare for your visit.

  16. What kind of food do they have?

    Food pantries offer grocery-style items such as canned food, fresh produce, and dry goods like pasta or rice that you can cook yourself. Soup kitchens offer ready-to-eat items like hot meals or sandwiches. All of these locations may have different options on different days, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  17. Do they have vegetables?

    Pantries may have different options at different times, so it is hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day. Most pantries in New Jersey do give out some form of vegetables, but they may be canned items.

  18. Do they have meat?

    Pantries may have different options on different days, so it’s hard to tell what each one of them will offer any given day.

  19. Any pantries open today?

    If you’ve signed up for personalized assistance through our text message helpline, please take a look at the links we’ve sent you! If none of the resources we’ve sent are open today, let us know and we can search for additional options. Here’s a list of everything in New Jersey that’s open today: Salvation Army, Elizabeth Corps, St. Paul's Community Development Corporation, Salvation Army - Union City, Father English Community Center

  20. Where are you located?

    Because our work is mostly virtual, the Lemontree team works remotely, and we don’t have an office in New Jersey for in-person visits. You can always reach us by texting 90847 between 10am-6pm, every day of the week.