* 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 August 2018, we served 443 households, comprising almost 3,900 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 867 turkeys at Thanksgiving in 2017. Every HNFP client household received one, and we shared our surplus with local organizations that needed them.