Our next special weekend donation drop-off day is Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon! (In general, please drop off your donation any Tuesday or Thursday between 8:30 and noon at 9 Label St. in Montclair.) Our greatest need is funding for our programs (please go to our "Donate" page for details). Brand-new pajamas, socks, and underwear in all sizes (especially adult XXL) are needed, as well as clean, like-new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. We also welcome diapers (open packs OK) and baby wipes, as well as unopened toiletries and personal-care items (full-size or hotel-size). Clean, like-new blankets, towels, and sheets are also in demand. We also need dog and cat food for our clients with pets.
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.
If you want to donate non-perishable food, 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" under our "Volunteer" tab.
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.