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Nonprofit Overview

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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CFA since 1992. It is a wonderful organization that I am proud to be a part of. CFA's mission is to prevent hunger and homelessness and it provides emergency food relief, rent and utility assistance and advocacy to thousands of families, seniors and people who might otherwise fall through the cracks each year. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly and treat their clients with kindness and respect. CFA makes a difference in our local communities every single day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with CFA was 17 yrs ago. My company had wanted to set up a holiday food drive and we were directed to CFA as a local food bank that served a large section of our county. At that time I believe they only had 2 pantry locations. Both my company and I have been involved with them ever since. I have watched the need for food and emergency assistance grow since that time and I have been amazed and proud at how CFA has responded to this need. Their pantries now number 8 and clients come to CFA from every town in our county. CFA is a proven leader of services provided in crisis - from the aftermath of 9/11, to relocated victims of Katrina to the current economic downturn - they are there with care and compassion!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CFA for 18 years. What impresses me is the dedication to the mission of helping people and achieving this through the use of volunteers with limited paid staff and the broad base of support in community from Houses of Worship, schools, individuals, businesses and foundations. Someone once said it takes a "village". CFA plays a critical role in our village as a safety net when people need help now and other services are not available. CFA also does not sit still. Always looking to find better ways. This year the hours are being expanded to nights and weekend to help the working poor. The new snack pack program to reach children is great opportunity to improve the nutrition and insure kids don't go hungry.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Simply put, this is a wonderful organization of dedicate staff and volunteers who are trying to make a difference in their communities. Their kind hearts and creative minds are focused on finding ways to help others. The number of people in need continues to rise as unemployment remains high and government programs continue to decline. During this difficult period, CFA continues to provide assistance to a growing population many of them children who are unable to help themselves. The weekend snack pack program is just one example of how large an impact the work of CFA staffers, volunteers and generous donors can have on improving the lives of people in our communities.

Barbara G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering at the CFA pantry in 2000. At first I was very nervous but got over it. It's very heart warming to see what this organization does for our neigbors. I pack groceries once a week and talk with some of our "clients"; sometimes I want to cry, they are so appreciative of what we do for them. Today more than ever we need to band together and help out those less fortunate to put food on their tables for themseves and their children.

Michele C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center or Food Action in Englewood, NJ reaches many in our area. I was speaking on behalf of CFA at a local church recently. A member of the audience approached me afterward to tell me how highly he regarded CFA. "Jeff" said that some time ago he and his family needed help putting groceries in their home. CFA was there to help see them through a very difficult time...he will never forget CFA for the helping hand it offered. "Jeff" could not say enough good things. He mentioned that he gave a substantial contribution that day to do his part to help CFA help others. That was the best testimonial we could have received! Thank you.