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
  • 20Jan
    MLK Day of Service 2020 – Englewood
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Community Baptist Church

    CFA invites local businesses, community-based and service organizations, and individuals to support MLK Day of...

  • 20Jan
    MLK Day of Service 2020 Paramus
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Central Unitarian Church

    CFA invites local businesses, community-based and service organizations, and individuals to support MLK Day of...

  • 21Jan
    Souper Bowl Drive 2020
    12:00 am - 5:00 pm Any CFA Location


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


The Impact You Make

You Helped CFA Accomplish Some Pretty Amazing Things This Year

As the end of the year approaches and with the New Year just around the corner, I want to let you know the tremendous difference you’ve made in the lives of people who needed to turn to Center for Food Action.

 Because you opened your heart, you’ve helped us accomplish some pretty amazing things this year.

CFA provided more than 1.4 million meals to neighbors struggling to fill their plates.  And, thousands of children attending schools and summer programs in low-income areas got to take home yummy and healthy Weekend Snack Packs while some of our oldest neighbors got to enjoy delicious and easy to prepare foods through our Dinners4Seniors program. And, thousands of local families received Thanksgiving packages.

Truly amazing, right?  But that isn’t all, in the process of getting healthy food to people, your support funded the rescue of more than 600,000 pounds of food from area supermarkets.

Your impact didn’t stop there. You helped make it possible for hundreds of households to stay in their homes during tough times. Hundreds more received help with their security deposits, so they did not become homeless.  Even more were able to keep their heat and lights on, all thanks to the more than $800,000 CFA paid on their behalf.

With your help, one of the most important things people get when they come to CFA is knowing someone cares and, as someone recently told me, “Walking out of here, I feel less stress and for the first time in a long time, hope!”

CFA has been helping neighbors since 1976.  One constant over the years is when an individual or family is in crisis, we need to respond. Even a day’s delay can mean a child will go to bed hungry, a senior citizen will have the lights turned off, or a family will be evicted from their home.  With your support, we can get food to people who need it, keep families in their own homes during difficult times, and keep people warm when temperatures plummet.


Patricia Espy

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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.

Client Stories

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