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Center for Food Action in New Jersey

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am just a contractor in the Englewood NJ area and grew up in Bergen County. Throughout my youth, and as an adult, I've always known what a blessing it is to give of myself. And it is at times of the year like this, when I am so thankful that I am working that will enable me to donate to help feed a family who is not asfortunate. And when I donate here, I know it helps a local family who may otherwise be eating Krafft mac & cheese. For Thanksgiving, thats just not good enough! So any way I can show my support, I will. And I know i'm not alone. There are many hurting families in the area right now, and this foodbank deserves all the help it can get so it can continue its outreach efforts to feed the many needy families!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As Principal of the Grieco School in Englewood, our children were the first in our school district to receive the Weekend Snack Packs last school year. The program has been so successful that it has been brought to the Kindergarten families at the Quarles School and to McCloud School where last year's 3rd graders are currently there now as fourth graders. The children are excited to bring home their Weekend packs each time they are delivered to the classrooms. Thank You!