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The Center for Food Action (CFA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. CFA provides food, housing, utility, and heating assistance and offers counseling and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families. CFA is headquartered in Englewood and has sites in Hackensack, Mahwah, Ringwood, and Saddle Brook. In 2014, at the request of Bergen Community College, CFA opened a site on BCC’s Paramus campus in order to serve low-income students and their families.
Started by the late singer Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres as World Hunger Year New Jersey, the agency originally focused on the global causes of world hunger but within months of its start, it became evident that some people in our own community needed help in order to put food on their tables.
Your support will help local families in need put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads. Donate, volunteer and help spread the word. Become a #CFAHero!
On Monday mornings, Cari went to school feeling a little hungry because full meals were limited when she didn't have access to the Federal School Meals Program. CFA is now sending a weekend snack pack home with Cari on Friday afternoons.
Anne is 94. She receives Social Security and has a small pension. She fell behind on her rent and was facing eviction. CFA paid her 1st month's rent so she could move into senior housing. CFA's case manager also helped with her Meal on Wheels application.
Richard, 52, has custody of his 14 yr old son. Richard had been in and out of the hospital due to an illness so bills were beginning to pile up. CFA paid two months worth of utility bills to prevent a shut-off and helped with emergency food.
Joan, a single mom with 2 children ages 7 & 10, lost her job and her unemployment checks did not cover the expenses. Joan eventually found work, but we were there to help her put food on the table during the job search and transition.
Tyron is a single dad raising his 6-year-old daughter. He is working but doesn't make enough to pay the bills. He shares custody with the child's mom so she always has a roof over her head. CFA helps with food support and paid one utility bill.
Jill & Philip have two children. Philip is working, but his hours were cut and they are struggling to make ends meet. They never needed help prior to this year and are trying to navigate the complicated social service system while still looking for work.
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.