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
  • 3Dec
    #GivingTuesday 2019
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm All CFA Locations

      #GivingTuesday is December 3, 2019 and CFA is hosting a community-wide Hearty Soup Drive to...

  • 3Dec
    #GivingTuesday with Jackie Goldschneider
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm JumaFit

    Giving to others warms makes us feel good, giving to others and having the chance...

  • 20Jan
    MLK Day of Service 2020
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Community Baptist Church of Englewood & Central Unitarian Church of Paramus

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

The Impact You Make
Help Put a Turkey on the Table

This is a time when many of us pause, take stock of our lives, give thanks for what we have and dig a little deeper to help those in need.

Here at Center for Food Action we are gearing up to prepare thousands of Thanksgiving meal packages, complete with turkey and all the trimmings, even the roasting pan! Over the next few weeks we will begin collecting funds and food to help hungry area families and households celebrate Thanksgiving.

Quickly following Thanksgiving, right on the heels of Cyber-Monday, is Giving Tuesday.  The hearty soups CFA collects during Giving Tuesday are critically needed over the cold winter months.  We are counting on the continued support of the communities we serve.  Your donations of funds, food and time make it possible for CFA to meet the needs of our neighbors.

We are so grateful for all that you give year-round, and especially over “The Holidays.”

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With your help, we've been helping neighbors in need for over 40 years.

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.