Our greatest need is funding for our programs (please go to our "Donate" page for details). In addition, donations of brand-new pajamas, socks and underwear in all sizes are always welcome, as well as clean, gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. We can use all sizes, but especially adult XXL (men's and women's). We also appreciate receiving 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.
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.
Please drop off your donation any Tuesday or Thursday between 8:30 and noon at 9 Label St. in Montclair.
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.