35 YEARS OF HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED!
Special drop-off hours for Thanksgiving food donations, in addition to our usual hours of every Tues. and Thurs. from 8:30-12: Fri., Mon., 11/20--8:30-2:30. We can take some last-minute donations on the morning of 11/21, and then we are closed until the following Tuesday (11/28). Please do not leave anything outside when we are closed. The pantry's next regular weekend donation day (for food, linens, clothing, etc.) will be Sat., Dec. 9, from 10 to 12.
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. You can also buy pantry items from our wish list at www.myfiki.org, or from our wish list on amazon.com. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0
Human Needs Food Pantry is 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 BUTTON BELOW 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.
In-kind donations: We accept donations every Tuesday and Thursday between 8:30 and noon. 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; new socks and underwear. Accepting clean winter coats and clothing, in like-new condition only; all sizes welcome, 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!
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.
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.