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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