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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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.

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!

Donor

Rating: 1

I have attended CFA's wine tasting events for a few years and have to say they are very enjoyable. CFA does a fanastic job at making their donors feel welcome. The highlight of the events is when CFA explains it's mission and future goals, I feel so proud to be standing in the same room as these dedicated volunteers!

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with CFA started about 15 years ago through a charity outreach at work. Since then I have donated to their food drives and worked at at several fund-raising events. As a single mom of three children, I know first hand how being without can bring you down. The work that CFA does is both heart-warming and inspiring. It not only serves the community by providing basic needs and dignity, but CFA provides a way for all of us to give back. The staff is dedicated and professional. Although the economy is bad, hurting charitable contributions, and the number of families and individuals who need assistance is growing, CFA continues to reach out to ensure a good meal and to get them on their feet again..

Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone at the Center for Food Action is so helpful and sensitive to the needs of others. There is always someone there to collect what is donated with a smile. The food is stored in an area that is pleasant, clean and organized. And when I have seen people there who are in need, they are always treated with dignity. The staff couldn't be kinder or more professional.

Sierra G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Companion Animal Advocates first came to the CFA in Mahwah early in 2008 with the idea of providing them with pet food for their clients on a monthly delivery schedule, they weren't at all sure if many of their clients even owned pets. To their credit, they were open to the idea and found that not only did many of their clients own pets, those people were thrilled that they could get pet food for their pets when they picked up their own food. CFA in Mahwah and Elmwood Park are truly feeding all members of the family now. Working with their staff each month as we coordinate these deliveries has been a joy. Both staff and volunteers deeply care about the people they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

South Presbyterian Church has had a long-standing relationship with the Center for Food Action. The administrative staff has always been accessible and willing to share information. The volunteers always greet you as if you were a long lost friend. They continously express great appreciation of all donations. And, in observation, clients are always served in a professional manner.

Donor

Rating: 5

When our JCC's Hazon CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) was researching emergency food providers in order to invite an organization to collaborate with us in accepting the leftover & donated produce from our weekly distributions, the Center for Food Action in Englewood was our first choice due to their years of experience and excellence in serving the needs of our neighbors in need. After speaking with Irv and Jennifer it was clear to us that the organic, local and sustainable produce would greatly enhance the lives and wellbeing of their clients. Our CSA is proud to partner with CFA.