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COVID-19 UPDATE

Read More About CFA’s COVID-19 Response

Food Assistance

If you live in Bergen County NJ, or Upper Passaic County, NJ, we may be able to help you and your family with food packages.

SUPPORT

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.

VOLUNTEER

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.

AMBASSADOR

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
There are no upcoming events at this time.

COVID-19 Response

The Impact You Make

Our Commitment To Social Justice

from Patricia Espy, Executive Director

Center for Food Action is committed to social justice and working to end structural racism and inequity, which still permeates our nation.  At this pivotal time in our country, all of us must be stewards of the public good, standing for civil rights and a call for real and lasting change in our community and in our nation.  We remain committed to speaking out against all forms of injustice.

We stand with the many peaceful protestors around the world who proudly recognize that Black Lives Matter. As an organization, we mourn the loss of lives due to racist violence including the lives of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Michele Cusseaux, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice,  Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and so many more.

We stand against the systematic disenfranchisement of Black people and others and call for much needed social reform to ensure the rights of all people.  We recognize the importance of making meaningful and deliberate change and being a voice for the most vulnerable among us while listening and learning from them.

CFA is dedicated to providing fair and equitable services to all community members who need food and housing assistance and to advocate for justice for all.

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With your help, we've been helping neighbors in need for over 40 years.

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.

Client Stories

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

We are extraordinarily grateful to see our community come together to support frontline care team members in the last several months. Through your generosity, more than 150,000 meals from local restaurants were donated to help power our team through the height of the COVID-19 crisis. As we begin to move forward, our locations will no longer be accepting food donations—but we ask that you keep that generous spirit alive.

We encourage you to instead direct your financial donations to Center for Food Action’s Give a Meal Program to help those going hungry within our communities. Together, we can curb hunger, help local restaurants, and make a difference for families in need.

Give A Meal