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


Plainfield Action Services


510 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ
Phone: 908-753-3519

Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Client services are provided from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Plainfield Action Services sponsors Holiday Activities for Plainfield residents in need throughout the season, including food items and gifts. Priority selections are given to Senior Citizens, Families with Children under the age of 13, and single individuals
The following holidays include:
- Easter
- Thanksgiving
- Christmas

Applications can be picked up at the office beginning of October. Only one application is needed for all Holiday Activities.

Proof of residence and an ID for each member of the household, are required with the application.

Rahway Food for Friends


1731 Church St
Rahway, NJ
Phone: (732) 381-7201

Sat 11:00am - 1:00pm

Thanksgiving Dinner:
Saturday, Nov. 24th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Call for more information.

A yearly Thanksgiving dinner is open to the public. Information about other social and human services/agencies is provided to anyone looking for additional assistance.

Eligibility: Open to anyone in need.

Application: Walk in for services.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church


1571 South Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
Phone: 908-889-2100

Wed 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Pantry serves non-perishable food to individuals and families in need of basic necessities. Non-perishable items provided for holiday season as well.

Open to residents of Scotch Plains who are in need.

Walk in and sign in for services. An ID is required.

Saint Teresa's Church


306 Morris Ave
Summit, NJ
Phone: (908) 277-3700

Call for information.

Prepackaged Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets are given during the corresponding holidays.

Eligibility: Open to families in need in the Summit only.

Application: For holiday baskets, please call no later than the Sat before Thanksgiving/Christmas to see if there are any available food baskets. Must provide an ID and proof of address. Guests must be able to pick up the baskets in person.


Calvary Community Church


4 Old Church Rd
Phillipsburg, NJ
Phone: (908) 859-1053

24/7 automated voicemail. Most calls will be returned within 1 - 2 days.

The church provides Thanksgiving baskets to individuals and families in need, who are living in the immediate area.

Eligibility: Open to anyone in need in Harmony, Phillipsburg, and the local area.

Application: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to call as soon as possible in order to secure that they can receive assistance from the church for the holidays. 

Please call for more information and to apply.