* The Human Needs Food Pantry is located at 9 Label Street in Montclair.
* We are open 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 and the home page of this site for information on monthly Food Pantry Weekend Donation Days.
* A board of directors provides policy-making direction for the pantry. Our Executive Director, Mike Bruno, oversees 5 part-time employees and nearly 100 dedicated volunteers.
* We depend on volunteers who bag fruits and vegetables; pick up food from suppliers; sign in clients and give out groceries; deliver food to our home-bound clients; sort donated clothing, linens, and household goods; and staff our "Upstairs" clothing rooms.
* We rely solely on the generosity of individuals, community groups, and foundations; no monies are received from federal, state, or municipal governments for the purchase of food. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation is fully tax-deductible.
* About 90% of the funds we raise goes directly to providing food to those in need.
* HNFP initially served just 25 people when it opened in 1982; in January 2019, we served 469 households, comprising over 4,100 people.
* Due to physical disabilities, many of those eligible for our services are not able to pick up the groceries we provide. We have a home delivery program in place for them--currently, we deliver food to 220 households every week.
* We are the largest suburban food pantry in Essex County, serving registered clients from 14 towns.
* We distribute over 2,600 bags of groceries every week. In 2016, we distributed 32,888 bags of groceries--916,000 pounds of food, worth more than $631,000.
* We give away approximately 250 large bags of clothing and household goods per month to our clients through our "Upstairs" clothing program.
* We distributed 951 turkeys at Thanksgiving in 2018—a new record! Every HNFP client household received one, and we shared our surplus with local organizations that needed them, as well as any walk-ins who came to our door on our last day of service before the holiday.