Need Help with Food and Clothing

Updated on April 09, 2011
R.D. asks from Barnegat, NJ
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I needed to know if there are sights out there that can help with food or clothing?Mother of six and I need help.

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I can not apply for wic children are to old already receive food assistance but not nearly enough only one churrch in my area helps and I already went there.

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V.M.

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Try my.freecycle.org. It's a forum where people give away things (like formular and clothing) that they no longer need. I hope that helps!

H.K.

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we were low on funds years ago and I just got the phone book and called foodbanks, got some foodstamps, also got on wic for a short time. And then I shopped for things like beans and rice that were healthy and cheaper and we made it through the tough time and we are doing fine now

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M.R.

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Hi R.,

I am not local, but I know that a lot of churches across the country participate in Angel Food Ministries, which is a way that families in a community can purchase food boxes. Because they are purchased in large quantities, the food boxes are available at a very low price. You can view monthly menues online and order through a church that participates. There is no income requirement (Bill Gates could buy boxes of food if he wanted to) and you are not committing to continue. They also accept food stamps. Their website is www.angelfoodministries.com. My agency refers families frequently and I have several friends who love it.

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A.H.

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Call some churches in your area.. They can help with food.. Also call your city hall they can help with food and where to get clothing.. Also you can call the school councelors.. They may be able to help. Good luck... There is help out there. HERE IS WHAT I FOUND.. HOPE THIS HELPS.. CALL THEM.
3300 Route 66, Neptune NJ 07753
###-###-#### • Fax: ###-###-####
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Check-Out HungerHumanitarian of the Year GalaJersey Shore Culinary ClassicSchool Holiday Hunger ChallengeNewsHow to HelpDonate NowFood DriveVolunteerNeed Help?Below is a partial list of agencies to contact in an emergency. Please be prepared to present an ID. Some locations may require some additional documentation. If you have any questions, please contact either the pantry directly or the FoodBank at ###-###-####.

Please also be sure to visit nj211.org and njhelps.org for information about additional resources.

ABERDEEN
St. Josephs’s Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society
Hours: Call Hotline – Delivery Only
Site Phone: ###-###-####
Serving Aberdeen, Keyport and Matawan Townships. Do not come to the pantry. Please call the Hotine number above and we will arrange delivery.

Matawan United Methodist Food Pantry
478 Atlantic (entrance on church St.), Aberdeen, NJ 07747
Tel: ###-###-####
Every Thurs 10 am – 11:30 am. 2nd Tues of the month, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (no appt needed)

ASBURY PARK
Atonement Lutheran Church
1st and Heck St., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: The first four Wednesdays of each month from 11 am – 12:30 pm (no appt. needed)

Cathedral International Food Pantry
1210 Grand Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Tel: ###-###-#### (Leave message for N. Smith)
Hours: Wednesdays 4 pm – 5 pm (no appt. needed)

Trinity Church Last Resort Food Pantry
503 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Tel: ###-###-####
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 am – 1 pm (no appt. needed)
Tuesday evenings 6pm – 7 pm

Saturday Soup of Asbury Park
503 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park NJ 07712
Tel: ###-###-####
A hot, sit down meal is served every Saturday at noon.

Victory Tabernacle
1325 Asbury Ave. (Rear entrance), Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Open Tuesdays 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

BAYVILLE
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
Morning Star Presbyterian Church
1 Morning Star Way, Bayville, NJ 08721
Tel: ###-###-####
Open every Thursday between 1 pm and 4 pm
All who are in need of food may come for food once a month.

St. Barnabas Pantry – St. Vincent de Paul Society
33 Woodland Rd., Bayville, NJ 08721
Tel: ###-###-#### Ext. 134
Hours: Mon., Wed and Fri. 9:30 am – 11:30 am and Wed. evening 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Serving Bayville, Ocean Gate, South Toms River, Beachwood and Pine Beach.

BARNEGAT
St. Mary’s Pantry – St. vincent de Paul Society
747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm at rectory

BRICK
Church of Epiphany (Helping Hands Ministry)
615 Thiele Road, Brick, NJ 08724
Tel: ###-###-####
Mon – Fri 9 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. By appointment
Upon contact, parish secretary notifies Helping Hands volunteer who make up packout and notifies caller when to pick-up.

EATONTOWN
Eatontown Food Coop
15 Meridian Rd., Eatontown (left side of building) Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Every other Wed. (for example, open on Wed. 5/27/09, 6/10/09)
Managed by volunteers of the Eatontown Lions.

St. Dorothea Church
240 Broad St., Eatontown, NJ
Tel: ###-###-#### Leave message & someone will call back within 24 hours.
2nd & 4th Wed. of each month 5 pm – 7 pm
2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 9 am – 11 am. No Appointment needed.

FORKED RIVER
See Lacey.

FREEHOLD
Open Door
39 Throckmorton St., Freehold, NJ 07728
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 2pm
Service Area: Freehold Boro & Twp., Marlboro, Colts Neck, Millstone. ID required.

Open Door Lunch Program
31 Throckmorton St., Freehold, NJ 07728
###-###-####
Soup Kitchen hours M – W – Th 11:30am – 1 pm, at St. Peter’s Parish House.

JACKSON
DeBows United Methodist church
509 Monmouth Rd., Jackson. Corner of Rt. 537 & Rt. 571.
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: 2nd & 4th Monday, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Jackson Women of Today Food Pantry
10 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08528
Tel: ###-###-####
Distribution is the 4th Thursday of the month, 5 – 7:30pm, and the Wednesday before (the day before), from 5 – 6:30pm, for seniors and disabled clients.

KEYPORT
Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry
10 E. Front St., Keyport, NJ 07735
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 am – 11:30 am
www.keyportfoodpantry.org

LACEY
Lacey Food Bank
102 Station Dr., Forked River, N 08731
Tel: ###-###-####
Distribution at the corner of Rt. 9 and Lacey Rd.
Food emergencies, call above number or ###-###-####, Ext. 2239′
Must register prior to distribution date.
Please visit www.laceyfoodbank.org for a schedule of distribution dates.

Lacey United Methodist church
203 Lacey Rd., Lacey, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
By appointment. Leave message including contact information and someone will return your call with more information on picking up food.

Vetwork
103 N. Main St., Forked River, NJ 08731
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Mon – Fri. 9 am – 3:30 pm
Must call for an appointment to pick up food.

LAKEWOOD
Calvary Lighthouse House of Blessing
1133 East County Line Rd., Lakewood, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 am – 1 pm and Friday 6 pm – 7 pm

Catholic Charities – Ocean Emergency & Community Services
200 Monmouth Ave., Lakewood, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm, while supplies last.
We will close earlier when we run out of prepared food bags.

Christ United Methodist Church
678 Fifth St., Lakewood, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri., 9 am – 11 am.

LONG BEACH
St. Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach (Brant Beach), NJ 08008
Tel: ###-###-####. Human Concerns office Ext. 121
Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

LONG BRANCH
Reformation Community Food Pantry
992 Broadway, W. Long Branch, NJ 07764
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tuesday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm. Saturday mornings 8:30 am – 10 am.

St. Brigid’s Food Pantry (at St. James Episcopal Church)
300 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Tel: ###-###-#### (office).
Mondays and Wednesday 1 pm – 3 pm. Saturdays 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Free dinner at 6:30 on last Saturday of the month.

St. Michael’s – St. Vincent de Paul Society
800 Ocean Ave., Long Branch (Church Basement)
Office phone: ###-###-#### Ext. 13
Hours: 3rd Saturday of the month 3 – 5:30 pm (must call in previously to register). Also, arrangements can be made to pick up food Sunday 9 am or weekdays at 8:30 am. This is strictly by appointment as this pantry is not an open pantry. A volunteer will meet you. Must pre-register as food is ordered and packed for set number of families. However, if food is left over from someone not showing up, that will be given away to those families who call that day. The walk-ins will be called to return at 5 pm.

MANAHAWKIN
King of Kings Community Church
1000 N. Main St., Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tuesday 4 – 5 pm
We also handle emergency requests throughout the week, if we have food available.
King of Kings Community Church is also the day care site for the new Family Promise of the Southern Ocean area.

Ocean Community Church Food Pantry
1492 Route 72 West Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Wednesday 10 am – noon.
Clients can come each Wed. of the month. ID required. We also have clothing and household items.

MANALAPAN
Samaritan Center
211 Route 522, Tennent, NJ 07763
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tues., Thurs., Sat. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Samaritan Center is a food pantry and does not provide a broad range of social service assistance.

MANASQUAN
Hope Community Food Pantry
23 Taylor Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736
Tel: ###-###-####, menu, press 3
Hours: Mon., Wed., Sat., and Sundays. Call for appointment.

MANCHESTER
Homes for All – Manchester Village
202 Manor Dr., Manchester, NJ 08759
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1 pm – 3 pm. Emergency Assistance – call site.

MARLBORO
Monmouth Worship Center
176 Rt. 70 Marlboro, NJ 07746
Tel: ###-###-####
We are open Tuesday 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Thursday 5 pm – 5:45 pm. Sunday 12:30 – 1:15 pm. Also by appointment.

MATAWAN
Matawan Community Food Pantry
201 Broad St., Matawan, NJ 07747
Tel: ###-###-####
A monthly food pantry that distributes usually the last Saturday of the month. Dates change with the holidays. Distribution is for the Matawan and Aberdeen area and is run by the First Presbyterian and Cross of Glory Lutheran Churches.

NEPTUNE
St. Peter’s Primitive Baptist church
457 Drummond Ave., Neptune NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
2nd and 4th Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm.

OCEAN GROVE
St. Paul’s Food Pantry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
New York and Embury Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Every Thursday, 3 – 5 pm
Serving only Ocean Grove residents once every month.

RED BANK
Lunch Break
121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tel: ###-###-#### Fax: ###-###-####
Hours: PANTRY Monday – Friday 8 am – 2:30 pm. Saturday 9 am – noon (services include pantry, lunch and emergency clothing). LUNCH Served Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 1 pm.
Saturday – bagged lunches distributed approxiamtely 10:30 am – 11:20 am. (Bagged lunches provided by St. Leo’s in Lincroft.)
Main Clothing Distribution is held on the first Saturday monthly from 8 am – 10 am.
www.LunchBreak.org

The Salvation Army
180 Newman Stprings Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 11:30 am and 1 pm – 3:30 pm.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS
Mobile Pantry
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
100 Grant Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
First Saturday of the month 10 am – 12 pm. Distribution limited to the first 60 families.

TOMS RIVER
First Baptist Church – Bread of Life Food Pantry
700 Main St., Toms River, NJ
Pantry phone ###-###-####. Church phone ###-###-####.
Hours: Wednesday 1 pm – 4 pm.
Pantry is located in red house on Colfax St. Also limited free clothing and household items available.

Hope’s Crossing
1 Van’s Way, Toms River, NJ 08755
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Mondays 5 pm – 6 pm.

Mobile Pantry
First Aid Building
Dover Rd., S. Toms River, NJ 08757
Third Saturday of the month, 10 am – 12 pm. Distribution limitied to first 60 families.

Ocean County Hunger Relief
917-5 N. Main St., Toms River, NJ 08753
Tel: 732-505-HELP
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.

Salvation Army Food Pantry
1738 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 am – 11:30 am and 1 pm – 3:30 pm. Please call for an appointment prior to visiting the pantry.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry of Toms River
685 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08754
Tel: ###-###-####, Ext. 2207
Hours: Monday – Friday (excluding national & religious holidays) from 10 am – 4 pm.
Pantry is located in basement level of Parish Center. Entrance is located midway in the building as you view it from Church parking lot. Parking is available in the Church parking lot.

WARETOWN
River Outreach Food Pantry
589 Route 9, Waretown, NJ 08758
Tel: ###-###-####
Tues. and Wed., 10 am – 2 pm. Perishable/non-perishable food and clothing.

St. Stephen’s Food Pantry
367 Route 9, Waretown, NJ 08758
Tel: ###-###-####
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm

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K.F.

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Tarah J.'s answer was just what you need. Also I would recommend inquiring of your local churches as well as Good Will and Salvation army for food and clothing. Catholic Charities may also be able to provide you with some help assistance.

What are the sizes of your children? We have so many children at my church and are often trading clothes. I worship at Orange United Methodist Church where it wouldn't be a problem to get you what you need.

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S.M.

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what are the sizes of your children? I have clothes my children have outgrown that I usually donate but if they are the right size I can ship them to you.

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S.M.

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Have you called WIC? Also, you may wish to call Social Services for your county and see if you qualify for any public assistance. There is a website http://www.njhelps.org/ that tells you about a lot of different programs and you can also see if you qualify for many of them by answering questions on the site. We have a place called the Madonna House by us that gives moms food and clothing and even toys and diapers ###-###-####. A few years back we had to rely on help and it was humbling, but you have to do what you have to do to take care of your children.

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J.K.

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Freecycle.org is a site where people are loking to give all kinds of things away that they no longer need. You can look thru lists of offers & put in requests for what you are looking for. Good Luck to you & your family.

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T.J.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Yes there are!

http://www.angelfoodministries.com/

http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/

NJ Food Stamp Program
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dfd/programs/foodsta...

NJ WIC Program
http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/index.shtml

NJ Medicaid
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/

Get you and your family on food stamps, get your kids on medicaid, get your kids on free school breakfast/lunches, get unemployment (if that is an option).

Also try to go to your local church and I'm sure the pastor/priest/whatever will show you more organizations that can help your family. Some churches have thrift stores that can give you and your family free clothing.

God bless!

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R.G.

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I know that the crisis pregnancy center helps with baby clothes, etc. What are the ages of your children? Salvation army helps with both and bills! Best place to check is the local church. Hope this helps!

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S.T.

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I know that people have given good information to your question. Alot of churches have food pantries and clothings, there are WIC (Women, Infant and Children), food stamps and social services and look for these assistance in your county. Any more help needed? Help us know.

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E.M.

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For clothes and baby gear (strollers, bassinets, high chairs, etc) check out babybuggy (http://www.babybuggy.org/)

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M.T.

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Have you applied for WIC? If you have children under age 5, you may qualify. Good luck!

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L.K.

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Hi,

What are the sizes of your children? I have clothing from children as well that I can help you with.

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K.H.

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Hi R.
Wish you were nearer.
Many of us need help, and we use what is available. I go to the 3 local thrift stores. My children rarely had new clothes. The twins are 19 now and still try the thrift stores first for their needs. Locally we can food thriftily by learning to cook on a budget, which you are probably doing.
Have you checked what gov. programs you qualify for? What about a food pantry in your area? We have 2 in our little town.
God bless you and give you wisdom.
K.

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R.C.

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Consider joining online, Freecycle.org in your area. There is an Old Bridge area group and a Middletown...also Freehold area group. Re-cyclers offer to each other and give away everything a human would need...including good food stuffs and family clothing. I nearly furnished my house via Freecycle, while giving away may items I no longer wanted or needed. You can post a WANT or an OFFER; other members will respond to your post. You will either pick up from their porch...or they will pick up from yours!

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W.T.

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call your local consignment shops -- what they don't sell, they try to donate before throwing it away. They may be willing to hold things back for you if you give them a list of sizes...

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L.P.

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Hi R.. I see that you're in Barnegat...I know it's quite a distance from Middlesex County, but our church has a big food pantry and may be able to help with some clothing. You can call them at ###-###-#### and ask for Broken Loaves or online at "www.ccob.org" and under Broken Loaves do the same. I also agree that you should find out about eligibility for food stamps and wic!! Hang in there. Times are tough for a lot of us. Look to the Lord. He will provide for you and your little ones!!!

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