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Where Can I Donate Food to the Needy?

Here’s a list of local food pantries to which you can donate this holiday season.

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Thousands of local families face the threat of not having enough to eat every night, this holiday season you can do something to help those in need by donating to food pantries in Bergen County.

Food pantries typically advise donors to provide non-perishable food items, common household goods and items such as diapers for infants; donors should also avoid donating anything in glass containers.

Some of the most needed items, according to Action Against Hunger, include, canned meat and fish, canned fruit and 100 percent fruit juice, canned pasta, stew, chili, hearty soup; canned tomatoes, vegetables, pasta sauce; pasta, white and brown rice, dried beans; cold cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix; peanut butter and jelly; powered or evaporated milk, Parmalat; baby food, formula, diapers, Pull-Ups; toilet paper and paper towels.

Here are a list of nearby food pantries:

  • Englewood
    Center for Food Action
    197 West Demarest Ave.
    201-569-1804

    The Office of Concern at St. Celia's Parish
    55 West Demarest Ave.
    201-568-1465 
  • Garfield
    Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
    66 Palisade Ave.
    973-253-8557
  • Mahwah
    Center for Food Action
    90 Ridge Rd.
    201-529-2029
  • New Milford
    Ascension Church Food Pantry
    256 Azalea Drive
    201-836-8961
  • Ridgefield Park
    St. Francis of Assisi Church Food Pantry
    114 Mount Vernon St.
    201-641-6464
  • River Edge
    St. Peters Support Group
    445 Fifth Ave.
    201-261-3366
  • Saddle Brook 
    Center for Food Action
    224 Midland Ave.
    201-703-9857
  • Wyckoff
    Northside Food Pantry
    580 Wyckoff Ave.
    201-891-1782
According to Center for Food Action, you can also drop off donations of food at the following locations: Bergen County Administration Offices-HackensackPascack Community BankBank of New JerseySpencer Savings BankChiropractic Healthcare Associates at HealthOneBergenPac in Englewood, and Emerson Pharmacy.

Have we missed your preferred Bergen County food pantry? Let us know in the comments below.

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