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Food Assistance

If you live in Bergen County NJ, or Upper Passaic County, NJ, we may be able to help you and your family with food packages.


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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COVID-19 Response

The Impact You Make

Center for Food Action Update – May 5, 2020

from Patricia Espy, Executive Director

So much has changed since early March, which now seems a lifetime ago. I never could have imagined a time when Center for Food Action required clients to wait in their vehicles, while staff and volunteers put food into their trunks. Who would have thought we’d ask people, who had walked to our sites, to stand back until the food was placed in their cart? It’s unbelievable that our welcoming smiles must be hidden behind masks.

 So, while we have had to change our approach, our mission remains the same – getting food to people who need it. And that is exactly what we are doing. As I write this, CFA has already provided 3,000 households – 8,400 people with food during this crisis. As many of our neighbors exhaust their savings, have their hours reduced, or lose their jobs, CFA is making sure they do not also go hungry. For the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and those in quarantine, we are delivering to their doorsteps.

 CFA has an incredible team of employees and volunteers working on the front line of this pandemic, making sure people have access to food and other resources. We know the need will only increase in the weeks and months to come.

 Your help allows us to continue our vital work and goes a long way in making sure folks don’t go hungry.


If you would like to help, CFA is in urgent need of funds and grocery 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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If you, or someone you know, need food assistance, please follow this link to request an appointment.

For more information about CFA’s COVID-19 efforts, visit our COVID-19 Updates page by clicking here.

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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.

We are extraordinarily grateful to see our community come together to support frontline care team members in the last several months. Through your generosity, more than 150,000 meals from local restaurants were donated to help power our team through the height of the COVID-19 crisis. As we begin to move forward, our locations will no longer be accepting food donations—but we ask that you keep that generous spirit alive.

We encourage you to instead direct your financial donations to Center for Food Action’s Give a Meal Program to help those going hungry within our communities. Together, we can curb hunger, help local restaurants, and make a difference for families in need.

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