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The Salvation Army is also known for the assistance it provides at Christmas. Call 908.851.9300 to be directed to your local office to learn what is available in your area.
See a list of Holiday Assistance Programs below. Locations are listed in alphabetical order by county first and then by city.
Holiday Gifts Applications are submitted online, Click on the tab at the top of the Home page that says “Request a Toy” and select your geographic region. When you are connected with local site, click on “Request a Toy” again and follow instructions given on that page. This is a Nation Wide program, visit website for a location near you.
251 State St
Open: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner Call for time of dinner. All Are Welcome. Sponsored by Family Promise of Bergen County
Housing, Health, Human Services Center
120 S River St
Open: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner. All Are Welcome. Sponsored by Family Promise of Bergen County
Social Service Association Ridgewood & Vicinity
6 Station Plaza
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Open: Mon - Thu 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thanksgiving Basket & Holiday gifts Must be a current client or can sign up to become a client. Serving residents of Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland, Park, Waldwick and Wyckoff. Please call to set up an interview. Deadline is mid-November.
Teaneck Social Services
818 Teaneck Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel: 201-837-1600 ext 1503
Open: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00AM - 5:15PM, Tues 8:00AM - 7:00PM, Closed on Holidays
Holiday Gifts, Thanksgiving Baskets Programs are from Teaneck residents. Families can apply for the Thanksgiving basket at the social service office, or in child’s school in Teaneck. To register please speak with Ms. Andrade, deadline is Nov.10th.
Christian Caring Center
378 Lakehurst Rd
Brown Mills, NJ 08015
Open: Mon - Sat 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Closed first Sat of each month
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Sign-up starts first week of Oct. First time applicants should apply in person. Must provide ID, social security cards, Proof of income and children in household (report cards). Donations: Dropped off during business hours Money donations: P.O. Box 385 Pemberton NJ 08068
Catholic Charities, Emergency & Community Services
801 Burlington Ave
Tel: 856-764-6940 ext 6110
Open: Pantry Hours Mon,Tue, Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Wed 9:00am - 11:00PM, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Thanksgiving Basket, Holiday Gifts/Toys For Burlington County residents only. Registration for Thanksgiving will be held at the food pantry, begins Oct 9th. Christmas gift program registration is on Oct 26 and 27. Visit the St Joseph Church in Riverside to register from 1pm-3pm. Please call for information.
Connect Family Center Inc
429 JFK Way
Thanksgiving Basket Distribution Please call for more information on how to register. Pick up are on November 17th, 2017
Connect Family Center Inc
429 JFK Way
Connection Families Celebration Toys, Coats and Food Distribution. Please call for information on how to register. Event will be on December 22nd, 2017. All scheduled activities are subject to change as necessary.
1514 Federal St
Camden , NJ 08105
Open: Starting at 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Serving Thanksgiving Dinner Open to anyone in need in Camden area.
553 Spruce St
Camden , NJ 08103
Food Baskets distributed 4th weekend on each month. All are welcome. Must bring an ID. Serving Thanksgiving Day Breakfast All are welcome. 9:00am Serving Christmas Day Breakfast All are welcome. 9:00am
278 Kaighns ave
Thanksgiving Basket: Registration is required. Must have a picture ID, proof of household size and proof of residency of Camden. Must live in South Camden zip codes 08103 & 08104
Your Food Shelf
1500 Federal St
Camden, NJ 08105
Open: Tue - Thu 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Fri 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets: Must Live in East Camden Area. Thanksgiving application process starts 1st week of October. Christmas basket application process start 2nd week of November. Must provide a Medicaid card for children in the household, proof of address, birth certificate of children and photo ID. Please call for registration details.
East Orange Community Development Corporation
490 Main St
East Orange, NJ
Open: Tue - Thu 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thanksgiving Baskets and Holiday Gifts: Serves residents of East Orange, and Orange. Registration starts in Oct. Must provide ID, social security cards, birth certificates, proof of address and income. Christmas gifts are from children ages 1-12. Both programs will be held 1 week before the holiday date.
Maplewood Municipal Welfare
574 Valley St
Tel: 973-762-8120 ext 2200
Thanksgiving Basket: Maplewood residents in need ONLY. Call and leave a voicemail to schedule an appointment. Someone will call back within a couple business days. This is an ongoing registration and ends three weeks before Thanksgiving.
Saint James Social Service Corporation
604 Martin Luther King Blvd
Newark, NJ 07012
Open: Mon - Fri 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Christmas Basket, Gifts, & Thanksgiving Basket Open to individuals and families of Essex County. Application for Thanksgiving will be one day only on Oct. Please bring picture ID. Christmas application is also one day only in Nov. Please call for information.
Delsea Regional High School
242 Fries Mill Rd
Franklinville , NJ
Holiday Meal: Reservations are required; contact Debra to RSVP. Transportation is available only to Gloucester County residents. The bus will pick up around 9am-10am. Meals On Wheels also available for those who are homebound. Welcomes individuals and families. The meal will take place Thanksgiving Day Nov 23,2017. Hosted by the high school’s Interact Club
1402 Kings Hwy
Open: Pantry Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00AM - 1:00PM Thrift Store Hours: Mon-Fri - 10:00AM - 7:00PM Sat - 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Thanksgiving and Christmas Vouchers: Food Pantry members are prioritized. Only serves residents of East Greenwich, Logan, South Harrison, Swedesboro, Gibbstown and Woolwich. Please call for application process.
Mothers Cupboard Food Pantry & High School
523 Egg Harbor Road
Washington Township, J
Tel: Alisha 856-589-0520 Ext. 254
Thanksgiving basket: Washington Township Residents ONLY. Program is through the school district. If you don’t have a child enrolled in school, or you are a senior citizen then you can call for assistance
Our Lady of Peace Church
32 Carroll Ave
Open: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Please call before to make an appointment and receive a ticket number. Photo ID and proof of residency is required, if over 5 family members must bring proof of lease or household size. Deadline is Nov 15th and distribution is Nov 18th. Serves residents Williamstown
Bethel AME Church
32 Courtland Street
Wood bury, NJ
Open: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Thanksgiving Dinner: 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday, Nov 18th. Reservations required; leave a message with how many people will attend
Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ *
21 Delaware St
Thanksgiving Dinner: Please call to RSVP for the dinner. Call for specific details
Bethel AME Church
32 Courtland Street
Open: Dec 2nd from 11am - 1pm
Homeless Holiday Brunch: Dec 2nd from 11am – 1pm. Please call for any further questions.
St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church
57 Eighth St.
Open: Serving from 8:00am – 12noon
Thanksgiving Day Breakfast : Serving from 8:00am – 12noon Guests can walk-in for breakfast. Volunteers please call first and speak with Ms. Viola.
300 Bloomfield St
Open: Dinner starts at 7:15PM, doors open at 5:00PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner Dinner @ 7:15 PM. Doors open @ 5:00. All welcome. Volunteers needed between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
St. Magdalen's RCC
105 Mine St
Open: Nov 23rd 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Dinner will be held Nov 23rd at 2:30pm-4:30pm. For those unable to attend, please call to schedule a delivery between 11am-2pm. Reservations should be made no later than Nov 17th. email@example.com
United Way of Hunterdon County holiday Hands Program
20 Fulper Rd
Open: Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Special instructions: Located in the Volunteer Center
Holiday Gifts: For low income individuals and families Call UW and fill out a county resident form.
Readington Division of Social Services
509 Rt. 523
Whitehouse Station , NJ 08889
Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Thanksgiving (register by Nov. 16) and Christmas Baskets Serves Readington Township residents in need. Must call to register.
116 North Main St
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Open: Mon-Thu 9:00AM -1:00PM, 2:00PM-4:00PM Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM
Holiday gift program, Thanksgiving basket: Program is only for residents of East Windsor and Hightstown. Please call to register for the Thanksgiving and Holiday gift program. Children must be under 17 years of age to receive gifts. Please call for an appointment and details on specific documents required.
West Windsor Township Social Services
271 Clarksville Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ
Open: Mon - Fri 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Christmas Basket and Thanksgiving: Program is offered to low-income senior residents (55 and older) of West Windsor. Call to speak with the director, Ms. Donna, for application details.
Mt. Carmel Guild
73 North Clinton Ave
Trenton , NJ
Thanksgiving Baskets; toys for the holidays for their clients only. Food Pantry always accepting new clients, does not automatically register you for holiday programs. Call for more information.
Catholic Charities Emergency Serives
132 N Warren St
Trenton, NJ 08608
Open: Food Pantry Hours: Mon, Tues, Thu 9:00AM- 11:30AM
Pantry Thanksgiving Baskets Christmas Toys Call to apply for programs. Must be a county resident. New clients must apply during Food Pantry hours. They are in need of donations to assist present clients.
United Way of Central Jersey
Tel: 732-247-3727 ext. 23
Gifts of the Season : Distributes gifts through agencies and helps individuals who call; families must prove residency and be receiving social service assistance. There is currently a waiting list, not accepting new applications.
South Brunswick Social Services Dept
540 Ridge Rd
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Tel: 732-329-4000 ext. 7674
Holiday gift program; Thanksgiving and holiday Food Box: Must be a resident of South Brunswick and show a need for assistance. Application form required for all programs. Registration deadline for Thanksgiving is Nov 20th. Holiday Program for will also provide a food box and if there are children in need may receive holiday gifts, ages birth to twelfth grade. Must call ahead to apply for programs.
Salvation Army Perth Amboy
433 State St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Open: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Angel Tree: Open to families in need in Perth Amboy. Interested applicants must visit the office to register for the program. Registration is one day only call for information.
Plainsboro Municipal Welfare Dept
641 Plainsboro Rd
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Tel: 609-799-0909 ext. 1711
Holiday Wishes Program: Must be resident of Plainsboro; Must be enrolled in their food pantry to receive assistance. Can call be become a recipient for the Food Pantry.
605 Asbury Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Open: Nov 21st at 5pm
Thanksgiving Meal: Nov 21st at 5pm. Open to anyone in need. Call for further information.
211 Carr Ave
Keansburg, NJ 07734
Open: Mon - Fri 10AM - 3PM, Sat 10AM - 2PM
Thanksgiving Basket and Holiday Gifts: Keansburg residents (07734) who are current clients of Project Paul. Call for more information on how to sign-up to become a member. The Holiday program is for clients with children ages birth – 14 years old.
Family and Children's Services
191 Bath Ave
Long Branch , NJ
Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Holiday Gifts: Please call for information. Individuals/families will be sent to voicemail with detailed message specifying dates and times. Donations are gladly accepted from anyone in the community.
St. Luke Church
Long Branch, NJ
Open: Nov 23rd Noon - 2PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Noon – 2:00 PM All welcome, walk-in service.
1401 Seventh Ave
Neptune , NJ 07753
Christmas Program: For residents of Monmouth County and Ocean County only. Please go in person to pick up a flyer with information on how to apply. This program is for families with children ages 3-12.
121 Drs James Parker Blvd
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Open: Nov 23rd from 11AM – 3PM. Christmas Brunch is Dec 25th from 10AM – 12PM.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: & Christmas Day Brunch All are welcome. Thanksgiving dinner is Nov 23rd from 11am – 3pm. Christmas Brunch is Dec 25th from 10am – 12pm.
Saint Anthony's Church
65 Bartholdi AVe
Butler , NJ 07405
Open: 4th Sat of the month 9:00AM - 11:00AM, If it falls on a holiday, food will be given Saturday before the Holiday.
Christmas & Thanksgiving Baskets: Open to residents in need from Bloomingdale and Butler. Walk ins are accepted. Applications for Thanksgiving basket should register by Nov. Call for more information.
Salvation Army - Dover
76 N Bergen St
Thanksgiving Basket, Thanksgiving Luncheon: Residents of Morris County area. The Food Pantry members are eligible to receive a Thanksgiving basket and turkey. There will also be a Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov 18th from 12PM-3PM. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.
Trinity Lutheran Church
123 E. Blackwell St
Dover, NJ 07801
Meal at 11:30 – 12:30 on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All are welcome; No need to call ahead.
St. Francis Assissi Parish
4700 Long Beach Blvd
Brant Beach, NJ
Open: Food Pantry Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00AM-2:00PM. Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM, Thu 4:00PM-5:30PM
Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets: Members of the Food Pantry and resident of Southern Ocean County. Families/individuals can sign up with the Food Pantry. Must be able to pick-up. Call for more information.
Lacey United Methodist Church
203 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ
Thanksgiving Dinner - 1:00 PM no registration required; all are welcome. Handicap access available. Located in the Fellowship Hall Volunteers needed, Please Call.
Island Heights United Methodist Church
111 Ocean Ave`
Island Heights, NJ
Thanksgiving Dinner Supplies for their food pantry customers.
Catholic Church of St. Martha
3800 Herbertsville Rd
Point Pleasant, NJ
Thanksgiving Dinner pick or request a delivery to nearby area on Nov 23rd .Christmas Dinner– Pick-up or Delivery upon request. Dec 23rd. Call church for more information. Hosted by Knights of Columbus.
St. Gregory's Pantry
804 Bay Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Elks Lodge at 1:00 pm. Christmas Dinner held at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Open house from 12-2pm. No reservations needed. Applicants should have referral from church or social service agency
Toms River Church of God
1186 Lakewood Rd
Toms River, NJ 08753
Holiday Gifts/Toys: Call the church to register to be put on a list. Gifts will be distributed in December. Parents must provide ID when picking up the gifts. For Toms River, Seaside, and Brick residents.
First United Methodist Church of Toms River
129 Chestnut St
Toms River, NJ
Open: Nov 23rd at 1PM
Thanksgiving Dinner: 1:00 PM All are welcome. (You must call to make a reservation)
Christ Episcopal Church
415 Washington St
Toms River, NJ
Thanksgiving Blessing Box includes a full Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings (must order by first week of November) (ranges from $19-$40, meals can feed from 4-10 people). Christmas Food Box: (must order by 1st week of December) Call for more information. Visit the website to order meals: www.jolinfoodbox.com
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1500 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ
Tel: Please RSVP: 732-255-4455
Open: Noon - 4PM
Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Noon – 4:00 PM. All are welcome. Handicap access available.
Oasis - A - Haven for Women and Children
59 Mill St
Paterson, NJ 07501
Thanksgiving Luncheon– Low Income Families of Passaic County or those who attend Soup Kitchen. Nov 21st starting at 11AM for students only and for the community at 11:30-2:00PM. There will also be a free turkey giveaway.
Miracle World Outreach Ministry
139 Auburn St
Thanksgiving hot meal service: Meal will be served November. Call for specific date and time.
Salvation Army of Paterson
541 W Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07522
Open: Mon - Fri 10:00AM-4:00PM
Angel Tree Program for families who receive public assistance. Must call for appointment. Serves residents of Paterson Area (Paterson, Wayne, Haledon, North Haledon, Woodland Park, some parts of Wayne and Fairlawn.) Please call to verify and make an appointment.
United Way of Northern NJ
1011 Route 22 West, 2nd Floor
Gift of Warmth - Accepting donations of new unwrapped toys, books and children’s outwear. Participation in program is strictly through Board of Social Services and Food Bank.
Franklin Township Food Bank
60 Millstone Rd
Thanksgiving Package: Must be a registered individual or family with the food bank and a resident of Franklin Township.
Somerset County Freeholder
20 Grove St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Adopt-A-Family - Help provide a Thanksgiving meal to family in your community. Estimated Thanksgiving cost is $40. Please call to inquire information on where you can donate. There are 9 locations were monetary donations can be mailed to. On the memo line of your check, write Adopt-A-Family and the name of the town where you wish your donation to go. -Food Bank Network of Somerset County P.O. Box 149 Bound Brook, NJ 08805 732-560-1813. -Franklin Food Bank P.O. Box 333 Somerset, NJ 08875-0333 732-246-0009. -Feeding Hands Inc., Emmanuel Church 100 Grant Ave Somerville, NJ 08876. -Hillsborough Food Pantry, Attn: Social Services Department 379 South Branch Rd Hillsborough, NJ 08844 908-369-3880. -Reformed Church of Bound Brook P.O. Box 347South Bound Brook, NJ 08880. -SHIP – Samaritan Homeless Interim Program 87 E High St Somerville, NJ 08876.
Samaritan Homeless Interim Program
87 East High St
Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal - On Thanksgiving and Christmas day meals will be giving to anyone in need at the United Reform Church. 100 W Main St Somerville. The hours of 12:30-1:30pm. Make a donation.
The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women(SCCSW)
20 Grove St 3rd floor
Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Project Warm Your Heart: This is a winter clothing drive. Please donate new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for needy children. Donations are distributed October 30th to local food pantries and those in need.
Plainfield Action Services
510 Watchung Avr
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Open: Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Christmas Basket & Thanksgiving Basket: Residents with low income of Plainfield. Call or walk in for application. Must provide proof of income, residence, ID, birth certificates, and social security cards. Deadline is last week of Oct 30th.
St Luke's Lutheran Church
214 State Rt. 31 N
Washington , NJ
Christmas Day Dinner - 12:30 PM. Call to reserve a spot, call also leave a voicemail.