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Find Free Food In Southern 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)

    Bianca F.L.O.W.E.R.S., INC. Food Pantry

    40 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Serves New Jersey residents.

    • Requirements

      • Registration required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clothing may be available

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, June 25th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, July 9th (in 4 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Tuesday

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 3rd Tuesday

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every month on the 4th Tuesday

    Map of Bianca F.L.O.W.E.R.S., INC. Food Pantry

    Location

    145 Park Avenue

    Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    New Hope Church of God

    15 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Arrive before 8am

    • Requirements

      • ID required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      8:00 am–9:00 am

    • Sat, July 6th (in 3 weeks)

      8:00 am–9:00 am

    • Sat, July 20th (next month)

      8:00 am–9:00 am

    • 8:00 am–9:00 am

      every month on the 1st Saturday

    • 8:00 am–9:00 am

      every month on the 3rd Saturday

    Map of New Hope Church of God

    Location

    400 Hamilton Avenue

    Greenwood & Hamilton, NJ 08609

    directions

    Contact

    (609) 393-3293

    http://newhopecog.com/

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Arm In Arm

    47 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Requires to call and leave a message with your full name, full address and best phone number to reach.

    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Next Monday

      10:00 am–12:30 pm

    • Next Wednesday

      10:00 am–12:30 pm

    • Mon, June 24th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:30 pm

    • 10:00 am–12:30 pm

      every week on Monday, Wednesday

    Map of Arm In Arm

    Location

    48 Hudson Street

    Greenwood & Hamilton, NJ 08609

    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 Southern 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)

    El Centro Hispanoamericano

    53 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    We are located in the United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield. Our entrance is at the rear of the church, just off the parking lot. Look for our sign at the top of the ramp leading to our entrance. Advised to come earlier than 10 am to the food pantry because distribution starts at 10

    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • Must bring own bags/cart
      • Low cost/free immigration legal services
      • First come, first serve: open until food runs out
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Diapers upon availability

    Schedule

    • Next Tuesday

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, June 25th (in 2 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • Tue, July 2nd (in 3 weeks)

      10:00 am–12:00 pm

    • 10:00 am–12:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday

    Map of El Centro Hispanoamericano

    Location

    525 East Front Street

    Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions

    Contact

    (908) 753-8730

    https://elcentronj.org/

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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Greater Refuge Church of Christ

    51 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Wear Facemask
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Tue, June 25th (in 2 weeks)

      2:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • Tue, July 9th (in 4 weeks)

      2:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • Tue, July 23rd (next month)

      2:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

      every month on the 2nd Tuesday

    • 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

      every month on the 4th Tuesday

    Map of Greater Refuge Church of Christ

    Location

    600 Grant Avenue

    Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions

    Contact

    (908) 561-8255

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

    Salvation Army, Plainfield Corps

    52 minutes

    average wait time


    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • ID required
      • Registration required
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries
      • Clients can visit: Once a month
      • Diapers and feminine hygiene products may be available

    Schedule

    • Today

      Food pantry (groceries): 9:30 am–11:30 am

      • Closed on the last week of the month
    • Today

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

      • Closed on the last week of the month
    • Next Monday

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

      • Closed on the last week of the month
    • Food pantry (groceries): 9:30 am–11:30 am

      every week on Tuesday, Thursday

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

      every week on Wednesday, Monday, Thursday

    Map of Salvation Army, Plainfield Corps

    Location

    615 Watchung Avenue

    Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Joseph’s Church in North Plainfield- Parish Center

    35 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    the entrance is from manning ave side. distribute food to first 50 peoples

    • Requirements

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

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      7:00 am–8:00 am

    • Sat, June 22nd (next week)

      7:00 am–8:00 am

    • Sat, June 29th (in 2 weeks)

      7:00 am–8:00 am

    • 7:00 am–8:00 am

      every week on Saturday

    Map of  St. Joseph’s Church in North Plainfield- Parish Center

    Location

    99 Westervelt Avenue

    North Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    Plainfield Action Services

    27 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Only Plainfield residents, proof of income required depends on case by case situation

    • Requirements

      • Need to call every Monday and Wednesday to register and book and appointment.
      • Proof of address required
      • Photo ID – Primary Participant (Green Card or Passport)
      • Priority given to seniors & disabled persons
      • Proof of household income required
      • Appointments required
      • Food will be claimed based on arranged time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • Offerings

      • Free Groceries

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:00 am–5:00 pm

    • Next Tuesday

      9:00 am–5:00 pm

    • Thu, June 20th (next week)

      9:00 am–5:00 pm

    • 9:00 am–5:00 pm

      every week on Tuesday, Thursday

    Map of Plainfield Action Services

    Location

    510 Watchung Avenue

    Plainfield, NJ 07060

    directions

    Contact

    (908) 753-3519

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    SNAP/EBT

    Lakewood Resource and Referral Center

    15 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    Our main phone number is 732-942-9292 Our phone case workers are available by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled and canceled through our automated system. To schedule a time to speak with a case worker over the phone about any program-related questions, please call our automated scheduler at (732) 523-1789.

    Schedule

    • Today

      9:15 am–12:00 pm

    • Today

      1:00 pm–4:00 pm

    • Tomorrow

      9:15 am–12:00 pm

    • 9:15 am–12:00 pm

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

    • 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

      every week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

    • 1:30 pm–4:00 pm

      every week on Wednesday

    Map of Lakewood Resource and Referral Center

    Location

    212 Second St

    Ste 204

    Lakewood, NJ 08701

    directions
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    Food pantry (groceries)

    St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, Perth Amboy

    44 minutes

    average wait time


    Info

    • Serves Perth Amboy residents
    • Requirements

      • Proof of address required
      • ID required
    • Offerings

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

    Schedule

    • This Saturday

      9:45 am–12:45 pm

    • Sat, June 22nd (next week)

      9:45 am–12:45 pm

    • Sat, June 29th (in 2 weeks)

      9:45 am–12:45 pm

    • 9:45 am–12:45 pm

      every week on Saturday

    Map of St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, Perth Amboy

    Location

    230 New Brunswick Avenue

    Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

    directions
  15. Do I need an appointment?

    Every location is different! Some places in Southern 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 Southern 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 Southern New Jersey that’s open today: Salvation Army, Plainfield Corps, Plainfield Action Services, Lakewood Resource and Referral 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 Southern New Jersey for in-person visits. You can always reach us by texting 90847 between 10am-6pm, every day of the week.