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?

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Real Housewives of NJ Star Helps Northern NJ Get REAL About Hunger
Jackie Goldschneider teams with Center for Food Action to reshape the conversation about childhood hunger.
Get REAL About Hunger Brunch Attendees

Center for Food Action and Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Jackie Goldschneider launched the Get REAL About Hunger campaign August 4th to bring attention to the issue of childhood hunger in northern New Jersey.  The Get REAL program began with a brunch attended by Goldschneider and two dozen influential women, from diverse backgrounds and occupations, to discuss existing stereotypes and misconceptions about hunger and identify ways to bring attention to the issue.

“It’s hard to understand how we can have families in this part of New Jersey who don’t have enough to eat,” said Goldschneider. “In fact, 10% of households in NJ don’t even know where their next meal will come from, and to make it worse, a third of those households won’t qualify for government assistance because they make too much money.”

The Get REAL About Hunger campaign’s goal is to bring awareness to more residents in New Jersey to help educators and parents recognize the signs of hunger in children, help build empathy and understanding among school children and increase community support through food drives and monetary donations.

“The face of hunger has changed,” explains CFA Executive Director Patricia Espy, “hunger can happen to anyone at any time.  Many of the folks we see at CFA are hardworking parents, or retired seniors who worked hard their whole lives, but are struggling to afford medicine, medical bills, utility payments, car payments and all of the many expenses we have here in NJ.”

“Childhood hunger is all too real for many Bergen County children,’’ said Adele LaTourette, director, Hunger Free New Jersey, “We have made great strides in serving school breakfast and summer meals to more children, but tens of thousands of children still miss out on this critical nutrition. It takes a collective effort to reduce childhood hunger.

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Annual Emergency & Holiday Food Packages Distributed

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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.