How has the Human Needs Food Pantry impacted the community? In preparation for celebrating our 35th Anniversary, the Human Needs Food Pantry is looking for feedback on how the Pantry has assisted and supported people in need who live in Montclair and its neighboring communities in suburban Essex County.

The Board of Directors welcomes stories from previous clients who have benefited from the Pantry and others who can attest to the organization’s impact and support. Statements can be submitted anonymously. Accumulated stories will be considered for use in a presentation to celebrate the Pantry’s 35 years. The Pantry also seeks stories of volunteerism, and pictures from food drives and events conducted over the 35 years. Interested participants can email the Board of the Human Needs Food Pantry at hnfpboard@gmail.com or call Board Member, Christine McGrath, at 201-988-2404. 

Our greatest need is funding for our programs! You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation on this website; if you prefer, you can mail a check to us at 9 Label St., Montclair, NJ 07042. In addition, we have an Amazon Smile account, where your regular amazon.com purchases will benefit HNFP at no cost to you. http://smile.amazon.com/ref=org_sls_rlp_sas_sml You can also buy pantry items from our wish list at www.myfiki.org, or from our wish list on amazon.com. 

Good news: We are eligible for up to $85,000 in matching grants from the Partners for Health Foundation! Your donation of $50 or more -- made between now and December 31, 2017 -- will be matched $1 to $1 by Partners for Health as part of its campaign to Fight Hunger and Homelessness. Use this special DONATE NOW button for your gift to be eligible for matching funds. Note: your contribution will be made through PayPal to Partners for Health, but tracked to HNFP. This will be confirmed in the donation receipt you will receive from PayPal. Checks of $50 or more that are payable to Partners for Health and received by HNFP by December 31, 2017 are also eligible for these matching funds. Donors will also be able to designate their gift to HNFP through the Partners for Health website @ www.partnersfdn.org/HUNGER.

In-kind donations: Donation drop-offs at 9 Label St. are welcome every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to noon; please do not leave anything outside when we are closed. The pantry's next weekend donation day will be Sat., Oct. 14, from 10 to 12. Celebrate SOCKtoberfest with us by donating NEW socks and underwear! All sizes welcome; adult XXL most needed. Please donate healthy (low-sodium, low-fat), non-perishable food, and check expiration dates. We cannot give out expired food, and 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, size 4, 5, and pull-ups most needed) and baby wipes; unopened toiletries and personal-care items (full-size or hotel-size); clean, like-new blankets, towels, and sheets; pet food; Ensure/Glucerna for the ill or elderly.

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 our monthly Food Pantry Weekend Donation Days, typically the 2nd Saturday.

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.