Our next weekend donation drop-off day will be Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to noon! (Our usual drop-off times: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 and noon.) Special request for this month: brand-new school supplies of all kinds--backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, calculators, binders with filler paper, pencils, pens, etc. NEW items only, please!
Our greatest need is funding for our programs (see our "Donate" page for details). If you choose to bring us items, here are some suggestions: brand-new pajamas, socks, and underwear in all sizes (especially adult XXL); 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; herbs, spices, and olive oil so that our clients can make healthy, flavorful meals. Please do not bring coats or other winter items at this time!
If you want to donate healthy non-perishable food (low-sodium, low-fat), please take the time to 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.
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 9 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.
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.