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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services

Mission: The Center for Food Action provides emergency food, housing, heating, and utility assistance to low-income people in northern New Jersey. CFA''s staff and volunteers  work with clients to improve their lives through a wide range of direct services including the provision of food, rental payments, security deposits, heating oil, utility payments, advocacy, counseling and referrals to other agencies. Support comes from all segments of the community. We receive food and funds from religious and civic groups, schools, corporate sponsors and individuals.

Results: Hunger takes a physical toll and has a devastating emotional impact on many in the community. This year the CFA will have distributed nearly 50,000 food packages -almost $3 million worth of food - and prevented several hundred families from losing their homes and helped hundreds of households stay warm this winter.

Target demographics: Most of CFA's clients are working people who have hit upon hard times due to an illness, a low paying job, or temporary unemployment. Nearly half of CFA's clients are children and 13% are seniors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Your support will make a huge difference in the lives of over 16,000 northern New Jersey families.

Programs: The Center for Food Action provides seven-day emergency food packages, supplemental food packages and holiday food packages. CFA also provides nutrition and budgeting workshops for clients and offers a hunger education program for students, scouts, and members of our community. We encourage food donations and visits from Scout troops and school groups and provide a variety of opportunities for community service and service learning.The Statewide Emergency Food and Anti-Hunger Network (SEFAN), established in 1980, provides 900 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New Jersey with education and assistance. The SEFAN quarterly newsletter provides information on hunger.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Denise98

Volunteer

Rating: 2

I volunteered to pack meals for the CFA. The mission of this organization is top notch and they help many many people in NJ. However, staff of the organization have yet to understand the potential value of a volunteer. One bad volunteer experience is a loss of a potential donor for an organization. I had a bad experience with executive staff during my first volunteering and it turned me (and my future donor dollars) off entirely. I was not alone in my assessment, I got the same feedback on the volunteering experience from several people that day. Rude, dismissive, unfriendly. Opportunity lost for the CFA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center for Food Action has always been on the front lines combating hunger and homelessness in our local communities. CFA provides nutritious emergency food packages, rent and utility assistance, counseling and advocacy to many of our hard working neighbors who have fallen on hard times and may not qualify for other services. Our wonderful CFA staff members treat clients with dignity and respect and our volunteers provide countless hours of essential community service. They work day in and out to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people each year. CFA has also been in the forefront of helping those in our community who remain affected by Super Storm Sandy. They have coordinated with several other local charities to make sure these people continue to receive the help they need. I am very proud to sit on the Board of Directors at CFA and encourage everyone to go out and make a difference.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center for Food Action is, and has been for many years, providing vital food and other services to the communities of Bergen County, New Jersey. CFA's work is both practical and compassionate, and improves the quality of life for all in our communities.
We have been active supporters - as volunteers, contributors, and Board members - for the past 25 years. It has been a wonderful experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love what CFA is doing for the community - keep up the good work guys!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Center for Food Action is a non profit that helps NJ families. The organization provides food and other basic needs during difficult times. The people who run and work for CFA are devoted to this organization. They have years of experience knowing how to reach the people who need their help the most. They have tremendous respect for their clients and have a large group of long–term volunteers who continue to work for CFA because they see the good it does and how grateful the recipients are. I am proud to be a part of it.

Donor

Rating: 5

In the 30 plus years that I've supported the Center in Mahwah, I've learned that even more important than the outstanding efficiency and integrity of the people who run CFA is the dignity accorded to the people they serve. There is a seamless flow from donor to recipient, and all are treated with respect.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization run by a hard working and caring group. I really enjoy helping give back through this program. They help a very large amount of people and their contribution is immeasurable.

Donor

Rating: 5

CFA provides food packages for people that are struggling to make ends meet. Every year, demand increases, but somehow CFA manages to service ever increasing numbers. I can't imagine anything better than helping a mother feed her family or helping a senior get nutritious food. CFA provides a critical service to our area.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have the Center for Food Action helping so many in our community. My organization, Companion Animal Advocates, provides monthly pet food deliveries to the CFA in Mahwah and Saddle Brook.

They are consistently a pleasure to work with - great partners. Their staff and volunteers are always happy to see us and know that by helping their client's pets, we are also helping their clients.

Keep up the good work CFA!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the director of a subsidized housing apartment building in Paterson, for low-income seniors. CFA has come twice to visit us, bringing wonderful fresh produce to our tenants. The volunteers are extremely helpful and hard-working, the organization is organized and efficient and the produce is top-notch! The tenants are all thrilled to hear they are coming and enjoy nutritious meals for days.