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

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 

Salvation Army - Perth Amboy

Location

433 State St
Perth Amboy, NJ
Phone: (732) 826-7040
Open:

4th Tue of October 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Salvation Army of Perth Amboy offers an Angel Tree program for the Christmas season. Families who live in Perth Amboy and are in need can come and sign up their children to receive a toy for the holidays.

Eligibility: Open to families with children up to the age of 12.

Application: Interested applicants must visit the office in order to register for the program. Registration takes place ONLY one day of October. Call for information.

South Plainfield Social Services

Location

90 Maple Ave
South Plainfield, NJ
Phone: 908-226-7628 908-226-7625
Open:

Tue & Thur 8:00am - 12:30pm

South Plainfield Social Services runs a Thanksgiving food program and Christmas gift program for South Plainfield residents in need. Volunteers are needed for holiday packing.

Eligibility: The Thanksgiving program is available to South Plainfield residents in need. For holiday gifts/toy assistance, the program is geared towards families in South Plainfield only.

Monmouth

Middletown Helps Its Own

Phone: 732-787-3604
Open:

Call for business hours.

Food baskets are distributed to families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas baskets may also include gifts for children. Distribution takes place the Friday or Saturday before the holiday. Call for more information. Apply with referrals through schools, Social Services Department, Senior Center or through a referral form available on MHIO website.

Project Paul

Location

211 Carr Ave
Keansburg, NJ
Phone: 732-787-4887
Open:

Mon, Wed, & Fri 9:45am - 2:45pm
Closed for lunch from 11:45am - 12:45pm

New Client:
Wed & Fri
10:00am - 2:30pm

Project Paul coordinates a Thanksgiving food and Christmas gift program for Keansburg residents in need.

Interested applicants must visit the office (By October) to become a client of Project Paul before determining eligibility. Documents are required for this application process.

Project Paul clients must apply by November and should bring ID and Project Paul card.

Family and Children's Service - Operation Sleighbells

Location

191 Bath Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Phone: 732-222-9111 ext: 126
Open:

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

Operation Sleighbells is an annual holiday gift-giving project that provides more than 1,500 children with the gifts of warm clothing, toys and books each year. Families from communities throughout Monmouth County register with Family & Children’s Service to receive much-needed items.

St. Luke’s

Location

535 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ
Phone: 732-222-1341
Open:

Lunch from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Lunch will be held Thursday, November 22nd.

Madonna House

Location

1401 Seventh Ave
Neptune, NJ
Phone: 732-775-1140
Open:

Mon - Thu 10:0am - 1:00pm

Madonna House runs a Christmas gift program for children, ages 3 through 12, and their mothers who are in need. New toys and clothing that are donated through community resources are given to participants in the program. Donations are always welcomed. Open to children, ages 3 through 12, and their mothers in Monmouth County who are in need. Applicants are required to come in before December to pick up a set of instructions. All applicants must follow the agency's guidelines to be registered for the program. Any questions, please call the office for more information.

Lunch Break

Location

121 Drs James Parker Blvd
Red Bank, NJ
Phone: 732-747-8577
Open:

Mon - Fri 9:00am -4:00pm
Lunch from 11:30am - 3:00pm

Provides holiday toys/gifts to newborn-age 15. Open to our clients residing in Monmouth Counties only. 

**Lunch Thursday, November 22nd, 2018**
**Must register in person. Registration takes place during the month of October.**

Required documents- Proof of Id, Proof of Address (Lease, bill, etc.), ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE & School Enrollment Letter

Salvation Army - Red Bank

Location

180 Newman Springs Rd
Red Bank, NJ
Phone: (732) 747-1626
Open:

By appointment only:
Wed 9:30am - 11:30am & 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Please call to schedule an appointment.

Thanksgiving and Christmas programs may be offered during those holidays.

Eligibility: Full food pantry services are open to residents of the following areas: Atlantic Highlands, Belford, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Fort Monmouth, Highlands, Keansburg, Leonardo, Lincroft, Little Silver, Locust, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Navesink, New Monmouth, Oceanport, Port Monmouth, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, and Tinton Falls.

USDA and SFPP foods are open to all individuals.

Morris

Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Location

65 Bartholdi Ave
Butler, NJ
Phone: (973) 838-0031
Open:

If the date is on a holiday, food will be distributed the Sat before the holiday.
Call for specific date.

Holiday turkeys, hams, and pies are given out during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Eligibility: Open to those in need from Bloomingdale, Butler and Kinnelon.

Application: Walk ins are accepted. Applicants for Thanksgiving baskets should register by November.

Cedar Knolls IHOP Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Location

102 East Hanover Avenue
Cedar Knolls IHOP
Cedar Knolls, NJ
Phone: 973-998-6258
Open:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Free Thanksgiving Dinner for homeless, at-risk youth, struggling families, and anyone else in need. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cedar Knolls IHOP 

Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center

Location

36 South St
Morristown, NJ
Phone: 973-267-0709
Open:

Breakfast hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 10:30am
Lunch/Social Service hours: Mon - Sun 11:30am - 1:00pm (including holidays)
Outreach Center: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 1:00pm
Office hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 3:30pm

Serves breakfast and lunch on a daily basis, including holidays, for any individual in need of a meal. Open 365 days a year, including holidays. Weekly programs and social services assistance are also available through the Outreach Center at the Soup Kitchen.  
 

Roxbury, Township of

Location

72 Eyland Ave
Succasunna, NJ
Phone: (973) 448-2026
Open:

Mon, Wed & Fri 8:00am - 1:00pm

Roxbury Social Services provides Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas baskets, and Christmas gifts to township residents who are in need. Donations are welcomed.

Eligibility: Open to Roxbury township residents who are in need or homeless.

Application: Interested applicants must visit the social service office to inquire about applying for the programs. An application and interview with the director is required to determine eligibility. Applicants should bring with them:

Ocean

Lacey Food Bank

Location

102 StationDr
Forked River, NJ
Phone: 609-693-1100 ext: 1100 609-242-2848 609-693-1100 ext: 203
Open:

Mon - Fri 10:00am - 12:00pm

Provide school supplies, Halloween costumes, Holiday gifts to children who are Food Bank Clients.  Separately funded through donations and fundraisers. 

Eligibility is the same as the food stamp.

Saint Francis Community Center

Location

4700 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach Twp, NJ
Phone: 609-494-8861 ext: 121
Open:

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Food Pantry and Human Concerns:
Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri 10:00am - 2:00pm
Thu 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Human Concerns Project is a homeless prevention program that assists clients with utility and housing problems through grants from FEMA, the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean County, Ocean First and private donations.

Annual projects include:

Passaic

Salvation Army - Passaic

Location

550 Main Ave
Passaic, NJ
Phone: (973) 745-0152
Open:

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 2:00pm

Please call for program dates and times.

During the holiday season, a Free Toy program is available children, ages 9 and under, who are in need and reside in Clifton or Passaic.

Eligibility: Children, ages 9 and under, who reside in Clifton or Passaic.

Application: All interested applicants must visit the office to apply. Applications are accepted during the first week of November (*Subject to change*). Please call ahead for application dates/details.

Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children

Location

59 Mill St
Paterson , NJ
Phone: 973-881-8307
Open:

Call for business hours.

Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children provides a Thanksgiving Luncheon on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. A free turkey will be given to all women.

Eligibility: Low Income Families of Passaic County or those who attend Soup Kitchen.

Call for more information on how you can apply.

Saint Paul's Community Development Corporation

Location

451 Van Houten St
Paterson, NJ
Phone: (973) 278-7900
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 12:00pm

Thanksgiving food baskets and turkeys are also available for the holiday season for Food Pantry clients only, or if there is a family of three or more, (will be placed on waiting list).

Eligibility: Open to individuals or families who reside in Passaic County and are in need.

Application: Proof of income, identification (i.e. picture ID and Social Security card), and other basic information is required.

Salem

United Way of Salem County

Location

118 Walnut St
Salem , NJ
Phone: (856) 935-7789
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm

The Holiday Giving Program provides food baskets to low-income adults during the Christmas/holiday season.

Eligibility

Open to all low income adults from Salem County, including couples and senior citizens. 

Please note applicants cannot apply for multiple forms of holiday assistance with any social service agency in Salem County.

United Way of Salem County

Location

118 Walnut St
Salem, NJ
Phone: (856) 935-7789
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm

The Holiday Giving Program provides food baskets to low-income families during the Christmas/holiday season. Toys are also given out to children of these families, up to the age of 15.

Eligibility:The Holiday Giving Program provides food baskets to low-income families during the Christmas/holiday season. Toys are also given out to children of these families, up to the age of 15.

Somerset

Samaritan Homeless Interim Program - Anti-Hunger Program

Location

87 E High St
Somerville, NJ
Phone: 908-393-9545
Open:

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm
Office hours may vary, call for more information.

SHIP's Holiday Meals: Hot meals are provided to those in need at no cost to our guests. Holiday meals are served on every Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
 

Call for more information on eligibility and application process. 

Sussex

First Baptist Church of Newton

Location

110 Main St
Newton, NJ
Phone: (973) 383-9757
Open:

Monday before Thanksgiving: 10:00am - 1:00pm and 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Christmas Eve: 11:00am - 2:00pm

During the months of November and December, the First Baptist Church distributes food baskets to guests in need during the holiday season.

Eligibility: Open to individuals and families in need.

Application: Walk in for services. A ID/driver's license is required.