OVER 35 YEARS OF HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and we need your help! Please think of donating Thanksgiving food items for our clients including turkeys, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc), canned sweet potatoes, packaged gravy (no glass jars please), stuffing, canned fruit, etc. Anything you would put on your table for the holiday would be appreciated! Right now, we have very few Thanksgiving foods in our warehouse! If possible, we would like to have all holiday food donations in our building by Saturday, November 17th. In addition to Tuesdays and Thursday from 8-noon, we will be open extra days and hours to accept donations, as follows: Friday, 11/16 - 8am until 1:30 pm, Saturday, 11/17 - 8am until 1:30 pm and Sunday, 11/18 8:30 am until 3 pm.
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, winter clothing, etc.) will be Sat., Dec. 8, 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!
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
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.