Your support is critical to CFA’s ability to provide a variety of essential services that help local families and individuals who are struggling to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads.


Volunteers play a key role in helping CFA end hunger and homelessness in our neighborhoods. Some volunteers come weekly, others help with our administrative work and some come only once or twice.


Become a CFA Ambassador by organizing your own event to raise awareness and funds to help our neighbors in need. How about lunch with friends, an event at your home, office or place of worship?

Upcoming Events
  • 20Apr
    Savor 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe

    Please join CFA at SAVOR.2020, a sumptuous evening, celebrating the best restaurants and wines in New Jersey...

The Impact You Make

New Jersey Governor Murphy Joins Hundreds of CFA Volunteers for 25th annual MLK Day of Service

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined Center for Food Action today and led hundreds of northern New Jersey residents in Weekend Snack Pack assembly in volunteer service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Northern NJ residents were joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country as part of the 25th annual MLK Day of Service.

“Dr. King is mostly remembered for fighting against the evils of racism and hatred, but often overlooked is his advocacy against inequality and hunger.” said Governor Phil Murphy. “On the 25th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, there is no better place to honor Dr. King’s legacy than with the Center for Food Action. No child should go hungry in our state or our nation, and today I am proud to volunteer along with so many others to provide weekend snack packs for children at risk of hunger.”

“Today we answer Dr. King’s call to serve and are making a difference in the lives of area school children at risk of weekend hunger,” said Patricia Espy, the Executive Director of Center for Food Action. “The Weekend Snack Packs assembled today, and in the eight additional Impact Sites over the holiday weekend, will be distributed to area school children who are at risk for weekend hunger.”

Over the MLK holiday weekend, Center for Food Action coordinated ten Weekend Snack Packing events, anchored by public events, with including local officials, civic and service organizations, and professional athletes and area business leaders in Englewood, NJ, and Paramus, NJ this afternoon.

The MLK Day of Service encourages all Americans to improve communities through volunteer service. 2020 will mark the 25th celebration of the annual service event since Congress designated the MLK holiday the first-ever National Day of Service and charged Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with leading this effort.

With an emphasis on creating an opportunity for all, Americans of all ages and backgrounds in all 50 states will re-commit themselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another. Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools, and community centers, collecting food and clothing, and building homes. Volunteers will also recruit mentors, provide services for veterans and military families, and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills.

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Annual Emergency & Holiday Food Packages Distributed

Annual CFA Volunteer Hours

CFA Service Distribution Sites/Warehouses
Emergency Food Program

Food is at the heart of CFA’s work. CFA’s Emergency Food Program provides approximately 4,600 emergency food packages each month to local families and individuals struggling to put food on their tables. Diabetic food packages are also available.

Homelessness Prevention Program

The threat of homelessness is very real to many local neighbors in need. CFA’s Homelessness Prevention Program assists about 125 household monthly with housing and utility expenses during especially difficult times.

Weekend Snack Pack Program

Many children in our community who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition on weekends and holiday breaks. CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program fills this gap with nutritious food for children at risk on the weekend.

Garden Program

CFA’s garden and donations from other community gardens make it possible to add fresh veggies to our food packages. The garden is managed by CFA volunteer, Smadar Shemmesh with in-kind support from Paul Keyes.

Smile Pack Program

CFA’s Smile Pack Program helps encourage young clients to exercise proper dental care. Smile packs include a toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste. Local dentists make this program possible.

Hunger Free New Jersey

CFA’s statewide program, Hunger Free New Jersey, changes policy and practice to ensure that all New Jerseyans have healthy food to eat, every single day. HFNJ works on the local, state and federal levels.

Ready to become a volunteer?

Would you like to volunteer to help CFA provide emergency services to thousands of local families and individuals in need?  Please email: Valerie Anderson at vanderson@cfanj.org or call 201-569-1804 x15.

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Bergen County Department of Human Services-Division of Senior Services helps support CFA’s Senior Program.

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