Directory of food pantries in Middlesex County

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Carteret

Carteret Calvary Baptist Church – Reflection of God the Way Ministry

Contact: Diahann Thomas-Spencer

Telephone: 732-541-9169 (Office) or 732-912-6007 (Help Line)

Address: 38 McKinley Avenue

Carteret, NJ 07008

Hours of Operation: Last Saturday of the month

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Community outreach program providing emergency food to the people of Carteret.

St. Joseph’s Parish, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

Contact: Barbara McHale

Telephone: 732-541-8946

Address: 55 High Street

Carteret, NJ 07008

Hours of Operation: Every 3rd Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Nonperishable food items are available to Carteret residents in need.  Proof of residency is required.

Cranbury

First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury – Skeet’s Pantry

Contact: Church Office – Carol Kientz

Telephone: 609-426-0690

Address: 22 South Main Street

Cranbury, NJ 08512

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.cranburypres.org” www.cranburypres.org

Hours of Operation: Every 3rd Friday

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

(Doors open between 7:30 & 8:00 a.m.)

Nonperishable food items and some perishable items are available to any county resident in need.

East Brunswick

Aldersgate Outreach Community Center

Contact: Diane Hutchins

Telephone: 732-254-7361 Option 2 (Message Center)

Address: 562 Ryders Lane

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Hours of Operation: Sunday, Tuesday & Friday

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Food pantry and thrift shop.  Must be a resident of Middlesex County for food assistance.  Government-issued photo ID (passport, driver’s permit or license, city or stat non-driver ID must be presented.  Referral is through church or social service organization is recommended.

St. Mary & St. Stephen Coptic Church    currently making home deliveries on Wednesdays

Contact: Nermeen Gobran, Fr. Stefanos Habib

Telephone: 917-436-8603, 732-857-0188

Address: 12 Gates Aveue

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Hours of Operation: Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Food assistance is available to those in need twice a month.  Clothing and financial assistance are also available on a limited basis.

Edison

Community Presbyterian Church

Contact: Church Secretary

Telephone: 732-287-1666

Address: 75 Glenville Road

Edison, NJ 08817

Hours of Operation: Tuesday & Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

A three-day supply of food is available once a month for Edison Township residents, proof of residence is required (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.).

Edison Housing Authority

We have taken precautionary measures and have suspended all programming, including the food program. However, we are working with the township to come up with a distribution day of food and products in April and will keep you posted on those details.

Contact: Raquel Landero

Telephone: 908-561-2525

Address: 14 Reverend Samuel Carpenter Blvd

Edison, NJ 08820

Hours of Operation: Every third Wednesday

12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Food pantry is available to Edison residents 18 years or older.  Must show proof of residency and proof of low to moderate income.

Guardian Angels Church, Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Contact: Food Pantry

Telephone: 732-572-0977

Address: 37 Market Street

Edison, NJ 08817

Hours of Operation: Every other Wednesday (calendar available)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Food Pantry services are available during the designated hours.

Hands of Hope at St. James Episcopal Church

Contact: Jackie Goedesky

Telephone: 732-236-3330

Address: 2136 Woodbridge Avenue, PO Box 1057

Edison, NJ 08818

Website: HYPERLINK “http://handsofhopenj.net” http://handsofhopenj.net

Hours of Operation: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Soup Kitchen and food pantry available to any Middlesex County resident in need.  An intake application must be completed and proof of residency is required.

New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene

Contact: Joan Naraine

Telephone: 732-985-7097

Address: 80 Jefferson Blvd.

Edison, NJ 08817

Hours of Operation: 4th Saturday of each month

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nonperishable food is available for any Middlesex County resident over the age of 18 who is in need. ID is required.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Contact: Church Office – Kathy

Telephone: 732-287-0888

Address: 445 Old Post Road

Edison, NJ 08817

Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Thursday

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Produce is available every first and third Wednesday.  Clients may come once a month on Thursday for non-perishable items.  Nonperishable canned foods are available on an emergency basis.

Helmetta

New Life Food Pantry

Will be closed beginning the week of 3/23

Contact: Kristen Tabert

Telephone: 732-521-0169

Address: St. George Church

56 Main Street

Helmetta, NJ 08828

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.NewLifeFoodPantry.org” www.NewLifeFoodPantry.org

Hours of Operation: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursdays Bonus Distribution 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Highland Park

Highland Park Community Food Pantry

Contact: Nicole Huff or Janice Ballou

Telephone: 732-819-0052 (Nicole) or 908-410-7618 (Janice)

Address: Highland Park Community Center

220 South 6th Avenue

Highland Park, NJ 08904

Hours of Operation: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (or later if distribution takes longer)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (or later if distribution takes longer)

The Saturdays following the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Anyone in need of food or who is food insecure can make an appointment with Nicole Huff at the Community Center to register for the Highland Park Community Food Pantry.  At the distribution times listed above, food pantry clients can choose from nonperishable and fresh foods (when available).  Low-income households are also eligible for additional food available under the Federal TEFAP program such as meats, cheese and eggs.  The registration form lists the requirements for receiving these additional food items.

Highland Park Gives a Hoot

Contact:Monica Jackson / Michael Buchman

Telephone: 732-819-3786 Monica / 732-245-9433 Michael

Address: Teen Center

600 Benner Street

Highland Park, NJ 08904

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nonperishable groceries provided to teens and walk-ins through the teen center

Jamesburg

Calvary Chapel Crossfields

Contact: Fran Napoli

Telephone: 732-521-0382 (Office) or 609-664-2973 (Fran)

Address: 15 Half Acre Rd.

Jamesburg, NJ 08831

Website: www.cccrossfields.org

Hours of Operation: Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Provides food and clothing. Requires client intake form requesting name, address, and financial situation.

Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg – Deacon’s Food Cupboard

Contact: Church Office

Telephone: 732-521-1711

Address: 175 Gatzmer Avenue

Jamesburg, NJ 08831

Hours of Operation: 3rd Saturday of the month by appointment only

Please call the church office for specific information however, proof of residency in Jamesburg, Helmetta or Monroe is required and an application must be completed.

Metuchen

First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

We will be open Wednesday and Thursday this week from 9am – 11am for drive up food pantry. That means that our clients do not need an appointment. They can just drive up and we will provide them with two prepacked bags per family delivered out to their cars. No signing in.  We will allow them to come once a week going forward until this is all over. 

Contact: Sarah Teti, Food Pantry Coordinator

Telephone: 732-491-2300 (Office) or 732-491-2325 (Food Pantry)

Address: 270 Woodbridge Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Thursday

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Emergency food distribution is available to residents of Edison and Metuchen; proof of residency must be provided.  All requests must come in by phone by 3PM on Tuesday so that clients can make an appointment to “shop” Wednesday or Thursday OR volunteers can package the food for pick up on Thursday.  Emergency requests are also arranged.  Limited to once a month.  Suggested donations include:  Parmalat milk, peanut butter and jelly, maple syrup and pancake mix (mix with water), dry cereal, canned meats, juices, and vegetables, soups, spaghetti sauce and pasta.  We do not accept perishable items.

St. Francis Cathedral Social Concerns

Telephone: 732-548-0100 ext. 225 for Social Concerns

Address: 45 Library Place

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Emergency food distribution is available.

Milltown

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, Milltown

Contact:                      Intake

Telephone:                  732-777-1940

Website:                       HYPERLINK “http://www.jfsmiddlesex.org” www.jfsmiddlesex.org

Address:                      32 Ford Avenue, 2nd Floor

                                    Milltown, NJ 08850 (United Way Bldg., street parking)

Hours of Operation:     By appointment

Family, couple, and individual counseling, senior adult services, vocational & career services, emergency food (non-perishable), Kosher Meals on Wheels delivery, referrals for essential needs, Immigration services and citizenship classes, and the Women’s Center for Displaced Homemakers are among the services available. To get food, must be a Middlesex County resident, 18 or older, must show proof of name, address and income. Requests are limited to once a month or as needed for emergency circumstances. Nonperishable kosher food is provided to those in need. Monetary donations and kosher non-perishable food donations are accepted from the community and organizations.  All residents in need are served regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, etc.

Monroe

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, Monroe

Contact:                      Intake

Telephone:                  609-395-7979

Website:                       HYPERLINK “http://www.jfsmiddlesex.org” www.jfsmiddlesex.org

Address:                      1600 Perrineville Road, Suite 52 (Concordia Shopping Center)

                                    Monroe Twp., NJ 08831

Hours of Operation:    By appointment

Family, couple, and individual counseling, senior adult services, vocational & career services, emergency food (non-perishable), Kosher Meals on Wheels delivery, referrals for essential needs, and the Women’s Center for Displaced Homemakers are among the services available. To get food, must be a Middlesex County resident, 18 or older, must show proof of name, address and income. Requests are limited to twice a month or for emergency circumstances. Monetary donations and kosher non-perishable food donations are accepted.

Monroe Township Office of Senior Services

Contact: Karen Theer or Claire Kelly

Telephone: 609-448-7140

Address: 12 Halsey Reed Road

Monroe Twp., NJ 08831

Hours of Operation: 1st Wednesday of the month

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. by appointment only

Nonperishable food distribution is available on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Emergency calls are taken Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Proven financial eligibility and proof of residency in Monroe Township is required

New Brunswick

Bayard Street Presbyterian Church –  TEMPORARY HOURS 9:00  – 2:00

Contact: Pastor Joseph Bodnar

Telephone: 732-247-0384 or 732-672-3793

Address: 107 Bayard Street

PO Box 1207

New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Hours of Operation: Last Saturday of the month

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Nonperishable food toiletries, clothing, household items, and paper goods are available to those in need.

Central Jersey Diaper Bank/Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation

We will be open this Monday, April 6 from 10-2.  We will open again two weeks later for Monday, April 20.  PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FAR AND WIDE SO FOLKS KNOW TO COME THIS MONDAY! 

Contact:

Telephone: 732-296-2922

Address: 222 Livingston Ave

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: (Current Limited Hours) Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

However, please call and listen to the voice message in the case of a last minute change.

Christ Church New Brunswick Food Pantry

Contact: Church Office

Telephone: 732-545-6262 or 732-543-3065

Address: 5 Paterson Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays of the month: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Last 2 Fridays of the month: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Last 2 Saturdays of the month: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Emergency food distribution is subject to items available.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Feed My Sheep Ministry, Soup Kitchen – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Contact: Victor Hoagland or Louie Rolon

Telephone: 732-247-2459   

Fax: 732-247-7357

Address: 126 Lee Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Soup Kitchen)

Hot meals are provided to all those in need.  Other donated food items are also distributed as received.

Elijah’s Promise

To-go meals only. For social services ask at the door. Donations only Monday-Friday 1am1-1pm.

Promise Clinic is suspended until further notice. Social Services will not be taking new clients at this time. We will be in touch with current clients

Contact: Curtis McNair

Telephone: 732-545-9002 ext. 117

Address: 18 Neilson Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.elijahspromise.org” http://www.elijahspromise.org

Hours of Operation: Community Soup Kitchen Hours

Monday – Friday:  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday:  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Prepared meals, health services, educational services, information and referral services are available. Prepared “Meals to Go” program is available for people who are working and unable to attend regular meal times.  “Fresh is Best” program offers perishable and non-perishable food for The Ryan White Program by appointment only. Suggested donations include food and paper supplies.

Five Loaves Food Pantry Store at Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick

Limited staff: M-T 10-1 Wed-Friday by appointment only and no entry into the building

Contact: Catherine Verduci

Telephone: 732-545-1019

Address: 100 College Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Regular Hours (Sept. – April)

Monday – Friday

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday & Wednesday

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (May – Aug)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*Closed the 3rd Wednesday of the month

Please call 732-545-1019 before coming at any time, since our staff is totally volunteer and sometimes unavailable to keep the hours established.  Basic emergency food is available to people and families in economic hardship.  Proof of name, current address, proof of any dependents and valid photo ID.  Food is distributed by client choice, not prepackaged bags.  Staff speaks English and Spanish.

Greater Brunswick Charter School

Greater Brunswick Charter School

429 Joyce Kilmer Ave. New, Brunswick, NJ 089801

Will do Grab-and-go lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Food Pantry will be open on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Food Pantry is only open to GBCS students and their families.

Contact: Lilia Fabila-Guilbot

Phone: 732-448-1052 x 104

Address: 429 Joyce Kilmer Ave,

New Brunswick NJ 08901

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.greaterbrunswick.org” www.greaterbrunswick.org

Hours of Operation: Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church

Contact: Oneka Edwards

Telephone: 732-745-4858

Address: 339 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.NBSDAC.com” www.NBSDAC.com

Hours of Operation: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Emergency food is available to New Brunswick residents and those within the church community every Wednesday.  Food, prayer, counseling, and clothing are available.  Advanced appointment recommended for services other than food.  Valid photo ID and proof of address are required.   

PRAB – Preschools

Contact: Family Workers

Telephone: 18 Drift Street ECC 732-828-4709

Mario Gonzalez Child Dev Center 732-828-4572

Downtown ECC 732-545-0426

Raritan Gardens ECC 732-247-5640

Address: Preschool

PO Box 240

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Emergency food assistance is available to any Puerto Rican Action Board Preschool Family. Suggested donations include rice, beans, tomato sauce and spaghetti.

PRAB, Inc. – Multi-Service Center

At the moment, all services are by phone only and Pantry is by delivery. To request food please call 732-828-4510 x.136.  

Contact:                      Carmelo Cintrón

Telephone:                  732-828-4510 x.136

Address:                      90 Jersey Ave, PO Box 240

New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Hours of Operation:    Agency hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (We have temporarily changed our closing time to 3:00 p.m.)

Pantry is only available on Thursdays to a limited number of families.  Cases are determined on individual need.

Salvation Army Family and Community Emergency Center

ID or residency requirements have been waved at this time. Clients must sign in and provide a phone number.   Starting 3/23 our revised hours are Monday to Thursday 10:00am to 3:00pm and Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Contact: Yadira Zavaleta

Telephone: 732-545-1477 ext. 112

Address: 287 Handy Street P.O. Box 5724

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Services include food pantry.  Photo ID, birth certificate for all household members, and proof of address are required. Clients are eligible for assistance once every month (excluding holiday assistance). Must be a resident of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Highland Park or Milltown.  

Sharon Baptist Church

Contact: Edmund DeVeaux

Telephone: 201-478-9446 (Cell) or 732-846-0669 (Church)

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.sharonbaptistnj.com” www.sharonbaptistnj.com

Address: 25 Howard Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: 2nd Wednesday of the month

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sharon Baptist Church will serve those in need on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. We will serve until either supplies or time expires.

St. Alban’s Church Food Pantry

Contact: Enid Atkins

Telephone: 732-247-0808

Address: 148 Lee Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Emergency food is available for those in need.

St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, New Brunswick

Contact: Walter Mulyk

Telephone: 732-309-2142

Address: 29 Abeel Street

New Brunswick

Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Saturday

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Emergency food distribution is provided. Need must be established under TEFAP guidelines. Food may be picked up weekly.  To register as a client, individuals must provide evidence of New Brunswick residency.

Suydam Street Reformed Church

Contact: Virginia Previte

Telephone: 732-249-6803

Address: 74 Drift Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Canned and packaged goods are available through the pantry and bread and pastries are distributed on Sundays. Clients must sign a form and present a proper ID, adults only.  Services are limited to once a month. Donations accepted include canned and packaged goods.

Tabernacle Baptist Church   CLOSED INDEFINITELY

Contact: Lottie Harrison

Phone: 732-545-6617

Address: 239 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation: 4th Thursday

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Emergency food is provided to the hungry and homeless.

Vanessa’s Pantry at Emanuel Lutheran Church – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDIG OPERATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Contact: Vanessa Dunzik

Telephone: 732-545-2673

Address: 2 Kirkpatrick Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.emanuelnb.org” www.emanuelnb.org

Hours of Operation: Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

The Saturday following the 3rd Thursday of the month 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Emergency food distribution is available. Services may be used once every month and are limited by availability of food. Nonperishable foods and baby supplies may be donated.

North Brunswick

New Destiny Family Worship Center

Contact: Julienne Whitten

Telephone: 732-246-8850

Address: 1330 Livingston Avenue

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Hours of Operation: Every Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closed on holidays & every 5th Wednesday

Perishable and non-perishable food is provided to those in need during hours of operation. Please do not call on Wednesdays, just show up.  We are a very busy pantry and cannot return calls. Our mission statement:  Neighbors Helping Neighbors – No one goes to bed hungry in our county.

North Brunswick Food Bank

Contact: Kathleen Aruta

Telephone: 732-247-0922 ext. 293

Address: 710 Hermann Road

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Hours of Operation: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Food is available for North Brunswick residents who are in need of assistance.  Driver’s license, picture ID with address, or County ID with recent official mailing address showing are necessary for verification of residency.

Old Bridge

Calvary Chapel Old Bridge – Broken Loaves Food & Raiment Ministry

Contact: James Shevchenko

Telephone: 732-679-4837

139 White Oak Lane

Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Hours of Operation: Friday 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Services offered include food, clothing, counseling, and prayer. An appointment must be made by calling in advance – office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Walk-ins are not accepted and services are limited to once a month.

Old Bridge Township Food Bank

Contact: Anahita Feltz

Telephone: 732-721-5600 ext. 2022

Address: One Old Bridge Plaza

Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (By appointment only)

For Old Bridge Residents Only.   Initial contact should be made with Middlesex County Board of Social Services (SNAP) program.  Clients will be required to provide proof of SNAP benefits or denial letter prior to applying in Old Bridge.  For an intake appointment call 732-721-5600 ext. 6625.   Required Information:  2 proofs of residency, proof of income, SSI/SSD award letter, SNAP award/denial letter.

St. Lawrence Church Food Pantry

The St Lawrence Food Pantry will be closed indefinitely but we have staged bags of food if needed on a will call basis

Contact: Joan Langan

Telephone: 732-583-9361

Address: 109 Laurence Parkway

Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879

Hours of Operation: Monday & Saturday

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Approximately 1 week of emergency food items are available to anyone in need.  Holiday baskets are also prepared for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Perth Amboy

Cathedral CDC Social Services – Mercy House Food Pantry

Contact: Damaris Ramirez or Juana Kearney

Telephone:                732-826-0447

Fax:                             732-826-1238

Website:                      HYPERLINK “http://www.thecathedral.org/” \o “http://www.thecathedral.org/” www.thecathedral.org

Address:                     282 McClellan Street

                                    Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation:    Monday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Friday

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Food pantry is available to Middlesex county residents in need twice a month.  Clients must register every six months.  Clothing is also available.

Iglesia Ciudad de Refugio

Contact: Rev. Eduardo Almonte

Telephone: 732-826-0058

Address: 436 Market Street

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Emergency food is provided to those in need in the church community.

Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) – Silver Linings “My Choice Store”

Contact: Lisette Vargas-Guzman or Merelin Moreno-Maier

Telephone: 732-324-2114 ext. 132 or 133

*During the COVID19 pandemic please call 732-896-0585 or 732-630-7488

Email:   HYPERLINK “mailto:SilverLinings@jrfnj.org” SilverLinings@jrfnj.org

Website:  HYPERLINK “http://www.jrfnj.org” www.jrfnj.org

Address: 149 Kearny Avenue

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Every other Thursday and Friday by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available to low income seniors 55 and over. Seniors on the eastern side of Middlesex County are targeted. The goal is to create a comfortable, familiar, and dignified shopping experience to encourage healthy food choices. *During the COVID pandemic we will be delivering food to registered seniors.

 

Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) – Bayside Family Success Center (FSC)

Contact: Vanessa Cepin or Rosanna Nunez

Email:   HYPERLINK “mailto:BaysideFSC@jrfnj.org” BaysideFSC@jrfnj.org

Telephone: 732-638-5063

Website:  HYPERLINK “http://www.jrfnj.org” www.jrfnj.org or find us on Facebook using Bayside Family Success Center

Address: 500 Dobranski Drive

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm *Check our Facebook page or email us for COVID19 schedule of programming.

Family Success Centers (FSC) are community-based, family centered neighborhood gathering places where any resident of Middlesex County can go for support, information, and services – with parent leadership at its center. All services are free and confidential. The purpose of the FSC is to enrich the lives of children and adults by making families and neighborhoods stronger. We incorporate programming around healthy eating and make an effort to help our families make healthy choices. We publish a calendar monthly highlighting all our activities. Please call to get on our email list.  *During COVID19 we will be offering programming virtually.

Our Lady of Fatima Bread of Life Food Pantry

Contact: Reverend Gilles Njobam CMF / Carmen Inoa, Food Pantry Administrator

Telephone: 732-442-6634

Address: 380 Smith Street

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Saturday that follows

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Emergency food is available to any Middlesex County resident in need.

Salvation Army

Contact: Jhoanny Duran, Capt. Alex Rodriguez

Telephone: 732-826-7040

Address: 433 State Street

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, EXCEPT Tuesday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  (By appointment)

Food pantry is available twice a month.  Clients must register with We Care every six months.  Must show proof of need and show ID with proof of address.   A soup kitchen and emergency winter shelter for men and transitional housing for veterans is also provided.  Call for additional information and appointment.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Peter’s Pantry  ONLY OPEN Thursday FOR NOW

Contact: Maureen Erickson

Telephone: 732-742-3205

Address: 183 Rector Street

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Monday 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – CANCELLED FOR NOW

Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – STILL SERVING

Emergency food is available to Perth Amboy residents.  Must provide proof of residence; picture ID, proof of all income (tax return, child support / alimony info, WIC affiliation etc.)

St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, Perth Amboy

Contact: Jerry Yaros or Joe Serrao

Telephone: 732-548-4317 or 732-254-4153

Address: 230 New Brunswick Avenue

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Hours of Operation: Saturday 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Emergency food available for those in need.

Piscataway

FISH, Inc. Dunellen Area

Due to the Corona Virus, the Fish Food Room will be CLOSED March 23rd through April 3rd.  The Fish Clothing Room will be CLOSED March 16th through April 3rd.  Donors are asked to please hold all donations until we reopen.

The Food Room at Fish, Inc. Dunellen Area will be open this week to serve clients on Wednesday, March 18, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.  Hours on Wednesday and Friday are 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Food Room will be closed March 23-April 3rd, re-opening Saturday, April 4th 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to distribute Easter food and regular monthly allotments.

Contact: Hotline

Telephone: 732-356-0081

Address: 456 New Mark-et Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (call for appointment)

Emergency food and clothing are available. Clients are limited to once a month and must show proof of residency in Piscataway, Middlesex, Dunellen, Highland Park, Edison or South Plainfield. Clients must also provide proof of need through participation in TANF, SSI, WIC, Food Stamps, Medicaid or Welfare, or show proof of household income not in excess of guidelines.  Nonperishable foods are accepted as donations.

James O.  Bryant Food Pantry

3rd and 4th Saturday in April between 9:00 and 11:30. Clients will be asked to stay in their cars and line up on Justice Street [which is the side street by Ethel Road].

Contact: Wilhelmina A. Bryant

Telephone: 732-985-4384732-630-0836

Address: 6 Ethel Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Hours of Operation: 3rd & 4th Saturday of the month

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

We distribute food and limited personal items to clients.  Food Pantry Clients can come once a month. Participation in the food pantry is based on any of the following: Income qualifications [established by the state and federal guidelines],  TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families], SSI [Supplemental Security Income], WIC [Women, Infants and Children], FPS  [known as food stamps], Medicaid or have had a Disaster.   All applicants must provide proof of identity and residency.

Muslim Center of Middlesex County – Open Door Food Pantry

Contact: Muhammad Asif Barlas

Telephone: 732-890-5042

Address: 1000 Hoes Lane

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Hours of Operation: Every Wednesday

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nonperishable food and supplies are available to anyone in need.

Zion Hill Baptist Church – Faith’s Kitchen

Contact: Bettie Davis

Telephone: 732-463-7776

Address: 450 Highland Avenue

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Hours of Operation: Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Faith’s (Soup) Kitchen provides and serves a nutritious lunch every Thursday (excluding holidays) to those in need.  Other donated food items are also distributed as received.

Zion Hill Baptist Church Food Pantry

Contact: Roy Brinson

Telephone: 229-415-9729

Address: 450 Highland Avenue

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Hours of Operation: 3rd Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Every Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Nonperishable commodities are distributed to those in need twice a month.

Plainsboro

Plainsboro Township Food Pantry

Contact:                   Erum Ladak

Telephone:               609-799-0909 ext. 1711

Address:                   641 Plainsboro Road

                                 Plainsboro, NJ  08536

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 – 12:00 noon, Thursday 11:30- 3:00

Distribution Days Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

                                  

Distribution of nonperishable food items and occasionally perishables and personal care items to residents of Plainsboro Township.  Proof of residency and income eligibility is required.

Sayreville

Faith Fellowship Ministries, World Outreach Center

Contact: Rachel Cedeno

Telephone: 732-727-9500 ext. 1405

Address: 2707 Main Street

Sayreville, NJ 08872

Hours of Operation: 3rd Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Emergency food, clothing and shelter referrals are available to anyone in need.  Identification for each recipient is required.  Special arrangements can also be made for emergencies.  The Church is also open for prayer and counseling, please call for an appointment.

Sayreville Care & Share Food Bank

Contact: Sue Paul

Telephone: 732-721-8053

Address: Senior Center

423 Main Street

Sayreville, NJ 08872

Hours of Operation: Certain Tuesdays (Call for specific dates)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

South Amboy

First Presbyterian Church of South Amboy

Contact: Church Office

Telephone: 732-721-4516

Address: 150 North Broadway PO Box 787

South Amboy, NJ 08879

Hours of Operation: 3rd Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Emergencies by appointment

Food distribution is available once a month.  Must show identification and proof of residency, be over the age of 18 and complete paperwork.  Our pantry is available to residents in our local area; South Amboy, Parlin, Sayreville and Laurence Harbor.      

South Brunswick

Abundant Life Christian Center, Living Waters

Contact: Rhondi Sabo

Telephone: 732-355-0225 Church

Address: 2245 Route 130, Suite 101

                                   Dayton, NJ 08810

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.njlifechurch.com” www.njlifechurch.com

Hours of Operation: Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Call for an appointment

Services provided include food and prayer.  Clients may obtain services every other week and must show proof of ID.  Nonperishable foods and toiletries are accepted as donations.

South Brunswick Township Food Pantry

Update on services South Brunswick Township is closed until further notice.  We are distributing food in extreme emergeincies via the Police Deptartment. If you are in dire need of food, please email me with your name and address and your informatioon will be passed along to the police and they will coordinate how to get you the food. **Please note only one box will be given per family and no gift cards will be distribted. Regular food pantry pickups will be suspsened until further notice. If you have any other inquires, please call 2-1-1.

Contact: Jeanne Wert

Telephone: 732-329-4000 ext. 7674

Address: South Brunswick Municipal Building

540 Ridge Road, Social Services Office

Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (By appointment only)

Food box and, if available, food certificates. Cases are determined on individual need for South Brunswick residents only. An application is required. Information must be updated every visit. Food is available as emergency aid only. Donations accepted include cereal, Parmalat, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, sauces, tuna fish, snack foods, beverages, macaroni & cheese, canned meats.

South Plainfield

Sacred Heart Church Social Concerns

Contact: S. Neil Towey

Telephone: 908-756-0633 ext. 112

Fax: 908-757-5655

Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:socialconcerns@churchofthesacredheart.net” socialconcerns@churchofthesacredheart.net

Address: 200 Randolph Avenue

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Food is available for South Plainfield residents who are in need of assistance.  Driver’s license or picture ID with address is necessary for verification of residency.

South Plainfield Social Services Department

Contact: Heather L. Barry, LSW

Telephone: 908-226-7628

Address: 90 Maple Avenue

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Hours of Operation: Tuesday & Thursday

                                    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Emergency nonperishable food distribution is available for South Plainfield residents in need. Proof of residency is required.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Contact: Pastor Chris Halverson, Judy Ziccardi, Sharon Gianeschi

Telephone: 908-757-4474

Address: 3145 Park Avenue

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Hours of Operation: Last Wednesday of the Month

                                    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Emergency nonperishable food distribution is available for anyone residents in need.

South River

South River Food Bank

Contact: Debra A. Jones

Telephone: 732-257-1999 ext. 118

Address: 98 Jackson Street

South River, NJ 08882

Mailing Address: c/o South River Board of Health

48 Washington Street

South River, NJ 08882

Hours of Operation: Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1st & 2nd Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nonperishable food is provided to South River residents who are in need of assistance. A valid ID and current proof of South River residence are required at each visit. Services are limited to one visit per month per household.

The Heart of South River at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Contact: Mark & Gale Powell

Telephone: 732-254-5601

Address: 130 Main Street

South River, NJ 08882

Hours of Operation: 1st Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nonperishable foods and hygiene items are available to residents in need.  Proof of name and address are required.

Union Baptist Church, Joshua Center Food Bank

Contact: Joann Jackson, Director

Telephone: 732-690-3673

Address: 76 Washington Street

South River, NJ 08882

Hours of Operation: 1st & 3rd Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1st & 3rd Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A food pantry provides services to any Middlesex County resident in need. Community based outreach services are also available to help individuals in need find appropriate resources.

Spotswood

Churches United For People

Contact: Jen Alexander

Telephone: 732-307-7939

Address: 455 Main Street

Spotswood, NJ 08884

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.cohmspotswoodnj.com” http://www.cohmspotswoodnj.com

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Emergency food is provided to those in need one time per month.  Must be a resident of Middlesex County and provide proof of residence (i.e.: driver’s license, photo ID, utility bill)

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Contact: Christine Sickels

Telephone: 732-251-2449

Address: 505 Main Street

Spotswood, NJ 08884

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.cohmspotswoodnj.com” http://www.cohmspotswoodnj.com

Hours of Operation: Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free supper to anyone needing a meal and/or fellowship.

Woodbridge

Fellowship Bible Church

Contact: Louis Devizia

Telephone: 732-636-7727

Address: 121 East Prospect Avenue

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.yourfamilychurch.com” http://www.yourfamilychurch.com

Hours of Operation: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Nonperishable food is available to residents of Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, and Carteret

First Congregational Church of Woodbridge

Contact: Church Office

Telephone: 732-634-0582

Address: 539 Barron Avenue

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Hours of Operation: Must call for an appointment (Sunday pick up)

Call in advance for information and to set up and an appointment.  Emergency food is available by appointment only and proof of need is required.

First Presbyterian Church of Avenel

Contact: Carolyn and Jake Stockl

Telephone: 732-634-1631

Address: 621 East Woodbridge Ave

Avenel, NJ 07001

Website:  HYPERLINK “http://avenelpresbyterianchurch.org/” http://avenelpresbyterianchurch.org/

Hours of Operation: Last Tuesday of the month

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Emergency food distribution is available. If it is an emergency you may call the church office for immediate assistance.  Food donations and toiletries are accepted.

First Presbyterian Church of Iselin

Contact: Marion Feliks or Margarita Estrada

Telephone: 732-283-1188

Address: 1295 Oaktree Road

Iselin, NJ 08830

Hours of Operation: Call for appointment

1st Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Food is distributed once a month (1st Wednesday). You must call by Friday before to be eligible to receive food.  Identification and recommendation are usually required.

First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge

Contact: Church Office

Telephone: 732-634-1024

Address: 600 Rahway Avenue

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Hours of Operation: First two Mondays of each month

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (emergencies upon notification)

Emergency groceries SFPP and T.E.F.A.P. commodities are provided to all residents in need. To receive T.E.F.A.P. food, proof of residency, address, social services information and ID card are required. Proper notification is also required.  Food is given to registered adults only. Families are welcome, but food is only distributed to adults.

Heaven’s Helpers

Contact:                      Kathy Hoffman or Doloris Androvich

Telephone:                  732-742-8942 (Kathy) or 732-501-7972

Address:          393 Pearl Street – VFW Post 4410

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Hours of Operation:    1st Thursday of the month (emergencies by appointment)

            12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Foods and paper goods are available upon request. Recipients are limited to once a month and must complete a registration form with proper identification.  All recipients must provide a photo ID with their current address listed on it.  Donations of all foods are accepted. Frozen foods, fresh fruit & vegetables, dairy goods and meats can be accepted with a few hours’ notice. We have freezers, and storage facilities available. The entrance to the pantry is through the red metal door off James Street side of the building.

H.O.P. Center

Contact: Reinaldo Ortiz

Telephone: 848-203-0821

Address: 1284 St. Georges Ave. 2nd floor

Avenel, NJ 07001

Hours of Operation: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Distribution of non-perishable food, clothing, parenting workshops, support groups for PPD, and music classes. Personal identification required.

Metro Park Assembly of God

Contact: Pastor Leslie Samuel

Telephone: 732-283-3440 or 732-710-3663

Address: 48 Berkley Street

Iselin, NJ 08820

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.metroparkassembly.org” www.metroparkassembly.org

Hours of Operation: Last Thursday of the month (November & December 3rd Thursday of the month)

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Emergency food is available to anyone in need.

St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry

Contact:   Parish Office

Telephone:  732-634-1403

Address:      436 Port Reading Avenue

                     Port Reading, NJ  07064

Hours of Operation: 3rd Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(Emergencies upon notification)

A registration form must be filled out. You will be required to show ID and a proof of income (driver license, social security card, pay stub). Non-perishable food is available for Port Reading and Sewaren residents.

St. Cecelia’s Food Pantry

Contact: Maria Campos

Telephone: 732-283-0150

Address: St. Cecelia’s Parish Center

45 Wilus Way

Iselin, NJ 08830

Hours of Operation: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (By appointment only)

Emergency food is available. A registration form must be completed and you will be required to show some ID (driver license, social security card, utility bill, pay stub or letter from SSI). Food is available once a month.

St. James Emergency Food Pantry

Contact: Peggy Foley

Telephone: 732-636-4310 or 732-636-6343

Address: 174 Grove St.

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Emergency food is provided once a month.  Must show proof of residence in Woodbridge Township and proof of income. Food and monetary donations accepted.

Trinity Episcopal Church Food Pantry

Contact: Carroll Thomas

Telephone: 732-634-7422 ext. 5

Monday or Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ONLY

Address: Trinity Church

650 Rahway Avenue at Trinity Lane

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.trinitywoodbridge.org” www.trinitywoodbridge.org

Hours of Operation: Thursday (Red Building) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1st Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (diapers offered)

A three-day supply of emergency food is provided on a once a month basis. Please call on above days, speaking clearly, so that food packages may be prepared ahead for Thursday pick up.

Trinity Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen –  CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Contact: Carroll Thomas

Telephone: 732-634-7422 ext. 5

Address: Trinity Church

650 Rahway Avenue at Trinity Lane

Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Website: HYPERLINK “http://www.trinitywoodbridge.org” www.trinitywoodbridge.org

Hours of Operation: Friday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A substantial hot lunch is provided to anyone who shows up – no questions asked.

Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services Senior Meal Program

Anyone 60 and over is welcome at the following sites:

Site 1: Thomas J. Deverin Community Center

                       100 Cooke Avenue

                      Carteret, NJ 07008

732-541-6221

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 2: Alexander J. Jankowski Community Center

1 Olive Street

                      Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

                        732-442-0930

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 3:             Sayreville Senior Center

                       423 Main Street

                      Sayreville, NJ 08872

732-254-4299

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 4:     Edison Senior Center

                      2963 Woodbridge Ave.

                      Edison, NJ 08817

732-452-0377

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 5:          Piscataway Senior Center

700 Buena Vista Boulevard

Piscataway, NJ 08854

732-743-9844

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 6:            South Brunswick Senior Center

                       540 Ridge Road

                       Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

732-329-6171

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 7:       Old Bridge Senior Center

                     1 Old Bridge Plaza

                      Old Bridge, NJ 08857

732-607-1582

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Site 8: South Plainfield Senior Center

90 Maple Ave.

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

(908) 753-1040

Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services Senior Meal Program

732-745-2062

Round-trip transportation is available to all sites.

Home-delivered meals are available for the mobility-impaired. Suggested Meal Donation:  Congregate: $2.25 Home Delivered: $2.75

To obtain general information on resources available for seniors and the disabled in Middlesex County contact the Office of Aging and Disabled at 732-745-3295 and request a Resource Directory be mailed to your home. The directory includes comprehensive lists of various agencies in Middlesex County, there is a multitude of information ranging from housing options, adult day care facilities, support groups and counseling agencies, as well as many other social service, state and federal organizations.

The Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) program provides transportation for senior citizens (60 years and older) and persons with disabilities to enable them to maintain the necessities of life. Transportation is provided within Middlesex County and up to 5 miles outside the County. All transportation is curb-to-curb and individuals must register with MCAT in order to request a ride. To register for MCAT contact 732-745-7456.