The pantry's next weekend donation day will be Sat., Sept. 10, from 10:00 to noon. Donation drop-offs at 9 Label St. are welcome every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon; please do not leave items outside when we are closed. See below for donation ideas; and check out the "Donate" page. We are not taking summer clothing at this time.

This month only: Here's a great way you can help us AND help yourself to look and feel good! Jaime Bedrin has a soft spot for pencils and erasers. "As a kid, my family owned an office supply company in New Jersey. So when I heard about the HNFP school supply drive, I knew I wanted to pitch in." Bedrin is an adjunct professor at Montclair State, where she teaches newswriting, but she also runs a small skincare business. She’s decided to donate 10 percent of her August profits to HNFP to help with our school supply drive. Follow this link to shop for yourself while benefiting us at the same time:

We have an Amazon Smile account, where your regular purchases will benefit HNFP at no cost to you. You can also buy items from our wish list at 

Our greatest need is funding for our programs: You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation here; if you prefer, you can mail a check to us at 9 Label St., Montclair, NJ 07042. Thank you!

Donation needs: Please donate healthy (low-sodium, low-fat), non-perishable food, and check expiration dates. We cannot give out expired food, so we have to throw it away--and unfortunately, it takes up a lot of space in our garbage cans! For food drive tips, please see "Run a Drive" on our "Volunteer" page. Other needed items: tall, handled paper grocery bags; diapers/pull-ups (open packs OK) and baby wipes; unopened toiletries and personal-care items (full-size or hotel-size); clean, like-new blankets, towels, and sheets; dog and cat food for our clients with pets; Ensure/Glucerna (or similar brands) for the ill or elderly. We will also gladly take NEW socks and underwear (all sizes; adult XXL most needed).

Rule of thumb for all donations: if you wouldn't feel great wearing or using it, please drop it in one of the donation bins around town instead of giving it to us. We respect our clients too much to offer them items that are stained, ripped, or showing visible wear.

 Thank you for all the ways that you help us to help our neighbors in need!

Here are some of our volunteers gathered for a thank-you breakfast we had in their honor. THESE are the people that make it all happen for our clients. Thank you!

Here are some of our volunteers gathered for a thank-you breakfast we had in their honor. THESE are the people that make it all happen for our clients. Thank you!

food pantry volunteers

What We Do

Since 1982, HNFP has provided food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County. Our diverse client base includes families and singles who are elderly, disabled, homebound, unemployed, or underemployed (working poor). Eligibility is determined using federal guidelines, which base need on income.


Where & When

The Human Needs Food Pantry is located at 9 Label Street in Montclair. We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon for donation drop-offs, and from noon to 2:30 p.m. for client pick-up. We are also open on Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 for clients who work during the day.

Check our Facebook page for information on monthly Food Pantry Weekend Donation Days.


unloading a food drive

How You Can Help

A tough economic climate and high unemployment have pushed the demand for emergency and supplemental food to record levels, even as federal benefits such as SNAP are being cut.

That is why the Human Needs Food Pantry needs your help, so get involved:  DONATE, VOLUNTEER or RUN A DRIVE.