Holiday Assistance Programs

Searching the NJ 2-1-1 Resource Database for Holiday Assistance Programs

Families who are having trouble affording food or gifts this holiday season may find relief from local resources. When searching the NJ 2-1-1 Resource Database use the following search terms in the search bar at the top of this page: 

  • For holiday gift giving programs, use: holiday toys
  • For meals for the holidays use: Thanksgiving meals; Christmas meals; Christmas baskets; Thanksgiving baskets
  • To find out where to donate meals or toys: holiday donations

In addition to what is listed in our database, we have received information from local churches and other organizations who are hosting programs this year. Whether you are looking for assistance or searching for a good place to make a holiday donation, our Holiday Assistance Programs list at the bottom of this page is a great place to start. 

All locations followed by an asterisk (*) have been verified this year. Those that could not be reached by phone have a notation reflecting that we are awaiting confirmation. 

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is also known for the assistance it provides at Christmas time. Call 908.851.9300 to be directed to your local office and find out what is available in your area. 

Contact Us

If you know of other appropriate giving programs that are not listed in our database or in the list below, please send the information to us

Current Centers List

Toys for Tots

Holiday Gifts Applications are submitted online or as per the instructions. Click here to find a local distribution center near you. 

Vernon United Methodist Church

Location

303 Rte 94
Vernon, NJ
Phone: (973) 764-3188
Open:

November 21, 2018 at 6:00pm

The Vernon United Methodist Church runs a monthly community dinner for anyone in the community. The Thanksgiving dinner will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 21, 2018 at 6:00pm).

Eligibility: Open to all.

Application: Walk in for services.

Bergen

Salvation Army - Englewood

Location

380 South VanBrunt St
Englewood, NJ
Phone: (201) 503-9400
Open:

Call for business hours.

Salvation Army of Englewood provides a holiday program. Call for more information on eligibility and application process.

 

Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity (SSA)

Location

6 Station Plaza
Ridgewood, NJ
Phone: 201-444-2980
Open:

Mon - Thu 9:00am - 3:00pm
Additional hours by appointment only.

The Social Service Association of Ridgewood & Vicinity (SSA) is a direct provider of services for low income individuals and families in need of basic supplemental financial assistance and case management who reside in Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick, and Wyckoff. The agency provides assistance in the areas of:


 - Holiday programs including:
          * Thanksgiving baskets
          * Gifts for the December holidays

Burlington

Christian Caring Center - Pemberton

Location

378 Lakehurst Rd
Brown Mills, NJ
Phone: 609-893-0700
Open:

Mon - Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm
Closed 1st Sat and 1st Thu of each month

Holiday food baskets are distributed for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  
Christmas Toys are distributed for children enrolled in school.

Open to Burlington County residents in need.

First-time applicants will need to pick up an application form from the center; return applicants can call to register. Applicants can start applying for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets starting early October. 

Connect Family Center

Location

429 John F Kennedy Way
Suite 236
Willingboro, NJ
Phone: (609) 871-4442 (877) 652-7624
Open:

Mon - Fri by appointment only.

Connect Family Center offers a variety of programs throughout the holidays for individuals and families in need. Programs include:

 - Thanksgiving baskets
 - Annual Christmas party, including toy, coat, and food distribution

Donations are gladly accepted, to help these programs serve as many people as possible.

Eligibility: Open to individuals and families in need.

Application:Please call in advance to register and for distribution dates.

Camden

Camden City Office of Youth Service

Location

713-715 Broadway
Camden, NJ
Phone: (856) 757-7644
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 8:00pm

The Adopt A Family Program matches volunteer sponsors with low-income families during the holiday season. Sponsors interact directly with families and have the option to continue correspondence with them throughout the year. All assistance is based upon the sponsor's participation and can include gifts, clothing, and other holiday needs.

Eligibility: Open to low-income families who reside in Camden City.

Neighborhood Center

Location

278 Kaighns Ave
Camden, NJ
Phone: 856-365-5295
Open:

Mon - Fri 1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Neighborhood Center provides Thanksgiving basket for Camden residents in need.

Eligibility: Camden residents who reside in zip code 08103 and 08104. Must meet income guidelines. Availability is limited for the Thanksgiving basket program. Please call for more information.

Application: Interested applicants can sign up for Thanksgiving baskets by November, walk- in service. Must provide proof of address (current utility, lease, cable, or phone bill), proof of family size (insurance cards, report cards), and photo ID for all the adults

Salvation Army - Camden Kroc Center

Location

1865 Harrison Ave
Camden, NJ
Phone: (856) 379-6900
Open:

Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm
Center Open: Sun - Sat 6:30am - 8:30pm

During the holiday season, the Salvation Army of Camden provides Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts assistance to community members in need.

Eligibility: Please call 856-379-4867 for more information.

Application: Please call for application information. Applications are only accepted on limited dates.

Your Food Shelf

Location

1500 Federal St
Camden , NJ
Phone: (856) 365-6475
Open:

Tue - Fri 10:00am - 3:00pm

Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are available during the holiday season. All other items given are available, only by donation.

Eligibility: Low income families in need who reside in in East Camden.

Application: Families must bring a Medicaid card for each child in a household. Proof of address (water, electric, or rent bill), birth certificates, and photo ID with matching address are required. 

If the ID address does not match the service bill, applicants must bring in two forms of address (another service bill works).

Cumberland

Salvation Army - Bridgeton

Location

29 W Commerce St
Bridgeton, NJ
Phone: (856) 451-0999
Open:

Mon - Fri 10:00am - 12:00pm
Closed for lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Closed on major holidays.

The Salvation Army of Bridgeton assists families with Thanksgiving food baskets and holiday gifts for Christmas.

Eligibility: Open to individuals and families in need who reside in Bridgeton.

Application: Applicants can register for both programs beginning the last week of September, Mon - Thu 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Last day to register is October 25th for Holiday Gifts and November 15th for Thanksgiving Baskets.   A state ID, proof of address, and birth certificates/passports of all dependents are required.

Essex

East Orange/ Orange Community Development Corporation

Location

490 Main St
East Orange, NJ
Phone: 973-266-5315
Open:

Call for business hours.

A holiday assistance program is available for individuals and families who live in East Orange, Orange, South Orange, or West Orange. Programs include:

 - Thanksgiving food baskets
 - Holiday toy distribution (children, ages 1 through 12)

Applicants can start applying for both programs beginning October. The following documentation is required to apply for assistance:

Maplewood Municipal Welfare

Location

574 Valley St
Room 104
Maplewood, NJ
Phone: 973-762-8120 ext: 2200
Open:

Call for information on business hours.

The Municipal Welfare Office distributes Thanksgiving baskets to individuals and families from Maplewood in need during the holidays. To apply, call and leave a message to speak with the Welfare Director to be added to the holiday list. Registration is ongoing and ends three weeks before Thanksgiving day.

Salvation Army - Montclair Citadel

Location

13 Trinity Pl
Montclair, NJ
Phone: (973) 744-3312
Open:

Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Salvation Army of Montclair runs a Christmas toy drive for residents of Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, and Montclair who are in need and a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in need in the community.

Eligibility: Open to all families in need who reside Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, and Montclair.

Application: Registration is during the first weekend in December. Interested applicants must call or visit the office to register. Distribution occurs the week before Christmas.

St James Social Service Corporation

Location

588 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, NJ
Phone: (973) 624-4007
Open:

Mon - Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm

Saint James Social Service Corporation provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and toys for children of families in need.

Eligibility: Open to all individuals and families in Essex County.

Application: Applications must be submitted in mid-October. Please call for exact dates.

Gloucester

Saint Vincent de Paul - Incarnation Church Conference

Location

240 Main St
Mantua, NJ
Phone: (856) 468-1314
Open:

Mon & Fri 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Wed 10:00am - 12:00pm

Applicants must call the church and ask to be connected to the Saint Vincent de Paul voicemail box. A member will return the call as soon as possible.

Holiday Gift Giving is a program that distributes food baskets and gifts to individuals and families in need living in Mantua and Wenonah for the holidays. The program covers the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter season.

Eligibility: Open to residents in need who reside in either Mantua and Wenonah ONLY.

Application: Applicants must call the church and ask to be connected to the Saint Vincent de Paul voicemail box. A member will return the call as soon as possible.

Holidays programs are on a first come, first served basis.

King's Things Food Pantry

Location

1402 Kings Hwy
Swedesboro, NJ
Phone: 856-467-1796
Open:

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat 10:00am - 1:00pm by appointment

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, the pantry offers holiday programs including:

 - A food voucher program for guests to buy the necessiteis for a Thanksgiving dinner
 - Full holiday meals (ham or turkey included) for families in the service area during Christmas

Open to residents in need from East Greenwich, Logan, South Harrison, Swedesboro, and Woolwich. 

For holiday assistance, current food pantry guests are prioritized for these services. Please call for more information.

Our Lady of Peace - Williamstown

Location

32 Carroll Ave
Williamstown, NJ
Phone: (856) 629-6142
Open:

Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am - 12:00pm

Thanksgiving Baskets Program provides food baskets to individuals and families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Eligibility: Those in need from Williamstown.

Application: Please call before to make an appointment and receive a ticker number. Photo ID and proof of residentcy is required. If family size is over 5 members bring a lease or proof of household size. Intake application will begin in October. Deadline is November 14th.

Hudson

Salvation Army - Jersey City

Location

562 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Phone: (201) 435-7355
Open:

Call for more information on business hours.

Offers a variety of social services to residents of Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City who are in need, including:

-Thanksgiving Meal 

- Christmas Meal

- Christmas Toy Assistance

Call for more information on how to apply. 

Hunterdon

United Way of Hunterdon County - Holiday Hands

Location

20 Fulper Rd
Flemington, NJ
Phone: 908-237-1689

Each family/individual must fill out the Holiday Hands Request Form. Any adult  or children over 18 years old should fill out their own form; more forms available at United Way. This application must be mailed or dropped off to UWHC by October 31st. Mailing address: UWHC, PO Box 2290, Flemington NJ 08822. Drop-off only address: UWHC volunteer Center 20 Fulper Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822. Forms received after the due date will be placed on a waitlist and may not receive gifts. Cannot guarantee that the items requested will be provided. Resources are limited.

Readington Area Starfish

Location

509 Rte 523
Readington Township of Social Services
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Phone: 908-534-0974
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

Readington Area Starfish provides emergency food to Readington Township families in need only. The agency holds food distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July.

Please call the office to be screened for the Starfish program. Registration for holiday food baskets must be made at least 3 weeks in advance. Referrals may also be made through local churches.

Food and monetary donations are accepted.

Donations can be made through local churches, dropped off at the Municipal Building during business hours or mailed.
 

Mercer

Rise - A Community Service Partnership - Holiday Programs

Location

116 N Main St
Hightstown, NJ
Phone: 609-443-4464
Open:

Mon - Thu 9:00am - 1:00pm & 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fri 9:00am - 1:00pm

Closed for lunch from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Rise - Holiday Programs provides individuals and families in need with a holiday gift program and a Thanksgiving turkey program for the holiday season. Donations are welcome.

Open to residents in need from East Windsor and Hightstown.

Please call for an appointment on all programs. Family must provide proof of income and must qualify based on poverty guidelines. Document needed: birth certificate. photo ID, proof of address, proof of income.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton - Emergency & Community Services of Mercer County

Location

132 N Warren St
Trenton, NJ
Phone: (609) 394-8847 (609) 599-3923
Open:

Office: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm
Food Pantry: Mon, Tue, & Thur 9:00am - 12:30pm

Through the food pantry, Emergency & Community Services of Mercer County offers food baskets for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas for individuals and families in need. Current members of the food pantry are prioritized to receive holiday assistance over new guests.

Eligibility: Open to Mercer County residents in need. Eligibility is based upon income. 

Current members of the food pantry are prioritized to receive holiday assistance over new guests.

West Windsor, Township of

Location

271 Clarksville Rd
West Windsor, NJ
Phone: (609) 799-9068 (609) 799-2400
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm

West Windsor Social Services administers assistance programs for senior residents, ages 55 and older, as well as other individuals and families in need in West Windsor. Programs include:

 - Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets

Eligibility: Most programs are offered to West Windsor residents, who are low income and 55 years of age or older. General Assistance (GA) is offered only to single adults and couples with no minor children.

Application: Please call to schedule an appointment with the director for all programs.

Middlesex

New Brunswick Free Turkey Distribution

Location

Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ
Phone: 732-246-5353
Open:

Tuesday November 20
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Free turkey distribution for New Brunswick residents. Must have ID & proof of New Brunswick residency. First come, first served basis. 

Tuesday November 20
3:00pm - 6:00pm
In front of City Hall, on Bayard Street