Community Garden Program


We love adding fresh veggies to our emergency food packages.  Smadar Shemmesh, our garden manager who volunteers countless hours, coordinates the support of Dwight Englewood School under the guidance of Tasha Urbanowski, Paul Keyes Associates and Quench Irrigation to make our garden bloom.

A heartfelt thank you to the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood (FPCE) for your continued support and generous donation of funds to help our garden grow. Also, many thanks to the dedicated team of garden volunteers, including Chelsea Gleis and the Greenteam of Englewood and the Bergen County Starbucks Community Outreach volunteers, who help us maintain this important project.

Fresh produce is important to a healthy diet, but it can be very expensive, and it has a limited shelf life. All the produce from CFA’s garden is distributed to local low-income families who rarely have access to fresh, organic vegetables. This spring we’re planting salad greens such as lettuce, kale and arugula, summer and winter squash, peas and pole beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra and cabbage, collard greens, potatoes, watermelons, carrots, beets, parsley, basil, thyme and fennel, several varieties of mint, lots of Nasturtiums and Marigolds in addition to NJ native plants to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

A big thank you to the many groups who grow food to help our clients including Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, GrowTorah and Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lakes.

Volunteers Make Our Community Garden Possible

No Green Thumb Required!

Have a Green Thumb?

Do you want help in our Community Garden Program? No green thumb required.

Food Packages Distributed

People Helped at Farmers Market

Thanksgiving Meals


Rental & Utility Assistance

Let’s Join Together to fund 10,000 Snack Packs in Honor of 9/11

Last year, the pandemic made it necessary to make CFA’s 9/11 Weekend Snack Pack event – virtual. We set and exceeded a goal of 10,000 snack packs. Once again, in 2021, Covid-19 variants make a virtual event a safe choice for our friends, supporters and the communities were serve.

Join us as we address the issue of childhood hunger in NJ and help area school children through the #10kSnackPackChallenge. Your support will ensure that no child goes hungry this school year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 so we can create 10,000 snack packs.