OVER 35 YEARS OF HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED!
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.
You can also buy pantry items from our wish list, or from our Amazon wish list. If a wish-list item is not available, please select a comparable item and have it shipped right to us. In addition, we have an Amazon Smile account, where your regular amazon.com purchases will benefit HNFP at no cost to you. Go to Human Needs Food Pantry Amazon Smile.
In-kind donations: We accept donations every Tuesday and Thursday between 8:30 and noon; please do not leave anything outside when we are closed. The pantry's next weekend donation day (for food, linens, diapers, etc.) will be Sat., July 13, from 10-noon. No more winter clothing accepted at this time! Please do not donate any toys, games, or stuffed animals unless they are brand-new. This article has great tips! https://www.thespruce.com/laundry-tips-before-you-donate-clothes-4046404
We need: healthy (low-sodium, low-fat), non-perishable food; do 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 4/5/6 and pull-ups most needed) and baby wipes; unopened personal-care items (full-size or hotel-size); clean, like-new blankets, towels, and sheets; cat and dog food; Ensure/Glucerna for the ill or elderly; new socks and underwear. We take clean clothing, in like-new condition only; all sizes welcome, adult XXL most needed.
What NOT to Donate We cannot accept the following: cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, crib bumpers (safety); stuffed animals (hygiene); toys, games, and puzzles unless new/unopened; used underwear and socks; clothing or linens that are stained, ripped, visibly worn, faded, mildewed, etc.; opened personal-care items or food; dirty or broken household goods.
We have to discard about half of what is donated to us. Please be mindful of the recipient. If it needs to be cleaned, mended, or repaired, please do that prior to donating! In sum: 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
The economic recovery after the 2008 recession has not extended to everyone in our area, which has a very high cost of living. Our clients sometimes must choose between buying food (for their pets, too) and buying medication. That is why the Human Needs Food Pantry needs your help, so get involved: DONATE, VOLUNTEER or RUN A DRIVE.