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. Partners for Health Foundation (PFH) is MATCHING DONATIONS made to the Pantry as part of its campaign to Fight Hunger and Homelessness. Your contribution will be eligible for a $1 to $1 match by Partners for Health if received before December 31st (certain limitations apply). Visit our Donate page on this website—and thank you for your support!

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, winter clothing, etc.) will be Sat., Jan. 12, from 10-noon. Please, no more summer clothing at this time!

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 4/5/6 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; cat and dog food; Ensure/Glucerna for the ill or elderly; new socks and underwear. Accepting clean 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!

 Here are some of our volunteers gathered for a thank-you breakfast we had in their honor. THESE are the people that make it all happen for our clients. Thank you!

Here are some of our volunteers gathered for a thank-you breakfast we had in their honor. THESE are the people that make it all happen for our clients. Thank you!

 food pantry volunteers

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.

 unloading a food drive

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.

That is why the Human Needs Food Pantry needs your help, so get involved:  DONATE, VOLUNTEER or RUN A DRIVE.