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
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    Unity In the Community
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    The Crisis Intervention Team of New Jersey (CIT-NJ) will be hosting a Unity in the...

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The Impact You Make
CFA Blog
How To Support Military Members, Veterans, And Their Families

Contributing Author: Kelli Brewer, DeployCare.org

The struggles of military families aren’t always obvious. They may look like a normal family at social gatherings, but at home, military families have to cope with long separations, financial challenges, and the worry that a deployed spouse may not come home.

It’s a lot for any family to bear, but there are ways you can help.

Frequent moves make it difficult for military spouses to build careers. As a result, many military families experience financial challenges. You can show appreciation for this sacrifice by raising money to support military families.

These are causes to consider for your fundraising efforts:

  • Fundraising to finance service animals for service members and veterans in need.
  • Fundraising to pay medical costs not covered by military or veterans benefits.
  • Donating funds and food to local food pantries to nourish families when money is tight.
  • Creating scholarships to fund extracurricular activities for military children.
  • Christmas present drives for military children.
  • Raising money for annual military appreciation events.

You can also donate directly to charitable organizations, like CFA, that support service members, veterans, and their families. Always screen organizations for legitimacy before donating.

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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.