We are gearing up for Thanksgiving! Whatever you're buying for your own table--turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, piecrust and filling--please pick up extras for us; if you're eligible for a free frozen turkey from your supermarket, please donate it if you don't plan to use it! We will be accepting turkeys (and other food donations) on Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30am - noon, but also Friday 11/20, Saturday 11/21 and Sunday 11/22, all between 8:30 am and noon. We will be open 11/23 and 11/24 for client pick-up, then closed until regular operating hours on 12/1.

Our greatest need is funding for our programs. Great news: the Human Needs Food Pantry is eligible for up to $50,000 in matching grants from the Partners for Health Foundation! Your donation of $50 or more--made by December 31, 2015--will be matched $1 to $1 by Partners for Health as part of its campaign to Prevent Hunger and Homelessness. Checks of $50 or more that are payable to Partners for Health and received by Human Needs Food Pantry by December 31 are also eligible for these matching funds. Click button below to donate. (Note: your contribution will be to Partners for Health, but tracked to Human Needs Food Pantry.)


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 gently worn winter coats, winter clothing in like-new condition, and NEW socks and underwear. All sizes welcome; adult XXL most in demand.

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.