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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What are you doing this summer?

Chances are you’ve been asked this question recently. Whether you’re off from school, taking a break from the office, or just thinking wistfully about a weekend down the shore, you probably have been looking forward to summer in New Jersey. For many families in Bergen and Passaic counties, they will spend their summer looking for ways to feed their children. The truth about summer hunger is that many families, whose kids rely on free or reduced-priced school breakfast and lunch, must find ways to replace 10 meals a week, in an already stressed budget.

Families turn to food pantries, like Center for Food Action to help fill the gap and put a strain on the system. Food banks and pantries receive fewer donations over summer months, making it harder to help families when they need help most. Exciting new programs now exist to provide free lunch to kids under 18 in communities with a high percentage of low-income families.

We recently sat down with Hunger Free New Jersey’s Adele LaTourette and Lisa Pitz to talk about the new State and Federal Summer Food program designed to provide access to free lunch during the summer for any child who receives free or reduced-price school meals.


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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.