This month, we are collecting NEW school supplies for our clients with school-aged children. Most needed items include backpacks, lunch boxes, and calculators; we also need binders, filler paper, composition notebooks, etc. Local shoe boutique and good friend of the pantry Piazza Della Sole has very kindly offered to be a drop-off point for school supplies! If you can't get to the food pantry during our active hours of 8:30-2:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can bring your donation to the store at 620 Valley Road in Upper Montclair. In addition, from August 12 – 29, Dirt & Noise on Church Street, L3 Academy on Greenwood Avenue, and Just Kidding Around on Bloomfield Avenue will collect gently used children’s clothing and new school supplies for us. To give you more of an incentive to donate, they will offer 10 percent off purchases and classes too!
Also, we are not accepting summer clothing at this time. We do need diapers and wipes, NEW socks and underwear in all sizes, as well as household goods such as towels, sheets, and kitchen wares.
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.