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COVID-19 UPDATE

Read More About CFA’s COVID-19 Response

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

    This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled for the fall...

COVID-19 Response

The Impact You Make

How You Can Help Your Neighbors During this Crisis

As we face the current crisis impacting all our lives, I want to let you know what we’re doing at Center for Food Action to continue serving those in our community who need help to put food on their tables. If you can help us continue this vital work, it would go a long way in making sure folks don’t go hungry.

Like every business and organization, CFA finds itself in uncharted territory. Over the past several weeks, we have entirely changed our distribution model to operate with substantially fewer volunteers, and in accordance with new social distancing procedures We have implemented an emergency food distribution system to help as many people as possible while keeping our clients, volunteers and staff safe.  The new appointment-only, drive-up distribution is working well.  This week we have been able to provide hundreds of families with meat, eggs, cheese, fresh produce, toilet paper and thanks to Community Food Bank of New Jersey a box containing canned goods and non-perishable items designed to create forty meals. The smiles and waves we’ve received from our clients are heartening.  To continue getting food to those in need, we really need your help.

We believe this new approach will meet our goal of a flexible and reasonable immediate response to the crisis and enable us to help the most vulnerable members of the community with emergency food assistance.  We anticipate the need will increase as more people find themselves working reduced hours or out of work, and if working, needing to cover additional childcare costs since schools are closed.

Access to funds is of critical importance during the upcoming weeks because we must purchase food in bulk for streamlined distribution. This crisis will be with us for months, not weeks, so we ask you, our supporters, our fellow champions against hunger, to help with a monetary gift.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you would like to help, CFA is in urgent need of funds and supermarket gift cards.  While we have always welcomed and relied on food donations from the community, we currently do not have enough staff and volunteers to process food donations.  Monetary gifts enable us to buy large quantities of the items we need most and eliminate the need to date, sort, and inspect food donations.  Hopefully, at the end of this crisis, we will be the recipient of the communities’ unused canned goods and paper products!

To make a donation of funds, please use the button below or make a gift by mail. Both checks and grocery gift cards should be mailed to: Center for Food Action, 192 W. Demarest Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. Please note that mailed receipts will be slightly delayed due to the crisis.

If you are interested in donating your time and you are in good health and not in a high-risk group, please complete the volunteer application.
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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.

The new normal shouldn’t be normal.  As more and more of your neighbors find themselves out of work, they will turn to CFA for help.  Your gifts of funds and grocery cards are urgently needed.
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