CFA's Gardens are Expanding!


We're looking for volunteers to help maintain the CFA Englewood onsite garden that has nearly nearly tripled in size since last year. We welcome all seasoned and new gardeners who are interested in helping manage and continue to expand our gardens. Contact Kathy Mikula 201.569.1804 x29

Under the direction of Master Gardener Anna Fisichella, Jen Anderson of Metropolitian Farm and Tasha Urbanowski, the Dwight Englewood School 6th grade class once again prepared and amended the soil and are now in the process of planting our spring crops.  The Ability School students are also part of our garden team.  #Community 

In addition, we're happy to announce that the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus has also broken ground and is preparing to plant their first onsite garden to help CFA clients.  It's a 45x40 plot that is sure to produce much needed fresh produce for our clients.  To learn more about their garden please contact CUC at 201.262.6300.

Thank you to CFA Board Member Deborah Klein and family for their generous donation in support of CFA's work to provide fresh and nutritious produce to our neighbors in need.  


"My Treat!"

CFA s asking corporations, restaurants, and religious and civic organizations to participate in “My Treat!”.  This fundraiser is divided into three categories for each group’s participation that will support CFA’s client services: “It’s On Me!” Corporations,)  “Let’s Do Lunch!” (Restaurants) 
and  “Dinner Time!” (Religious/Civic Groups) The event is scheduled for May 31 - June 6. Learn more

Together Let's #SayNo2Hunger

"When your kids are eating toast for breakfast and pasta for dinner, you have to swallow your pride and reach out for help. It's terrible not having enough food for your kids."23.JPG

Julie had been working as a caregiver for an elderly man for the past three years but lost her job when he suddenly became too sick and needed hospitalization. She's already set up job interviews, but in the meantime, CFA is here to help.

"My kids will be so happy when I get home with all this food.  I really appreciate your help." 

Julie and all of us at the Center for Food Action thank you. Your generosity has helped us distribute millions of dollars worth of food this year to people struggling to put food on their tables. 

New Refrigerated Box Truck Will Help CFA Collect Fresh Foods

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Through the generosity of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club, Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld and the Richard S. Wolfman Family Foundation, we now have a refrigerated box truck with a lift gate. This valued addition to CFA's vehicles will more than double our ability to pick up and safely transport a wide variety of fresh food items...equaling more meals on the tables of our poorest neighbors.

We are deeply grateful for the ongoing and generous support of the Bergen Highlands/Ramsey Rotary Club, Jen Maxfield Ostfeld and Scott Ostfeld and the Richard S. Wolfman Family Foundation.


Welcome to Smile Packs

Smile Packs, a new CFA initiative, is designed to help encourage our young clients to exercise proper dental hygiene.  With the support of four area dentists and local groups, we are now periodically adding Smile Packs to the weekend snack packs that are distributed to local elementary school children.

Thank you to Fair Lawn Dental Associates (Dr. Mahler), Edgewater Pediatric Dentistry (Dr. Rosalie Nguyen), Pediatric Dentistry, (Dr. Frank Scartozzi) and Prosmiles Cosmetic Dentistry (Dr. Lena Andriescu) for generously donating the first Smile Packs.  

Will your dentist support our Smile Packs initiative?  For more information contact: jenniferjohnson@cfanj.org | 201.569.1804 x28  

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Upcoming Events

  • May 2: Central Unitarian Church-9 am - Noon-Preparation for garden launch.
  • May 3: Food Drive-10 am - 2 pm at Kings Supermarket in Hillsdale hosted by Woodside Elementary 5th grade class.
  • May 3: Crop Walk 2015.  Stop by CFA Englewood for some water and cookies during your walk
  • May 9: Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive
  • May 14: Unilever Volunteer Event at CFA Saddle Brook
  • May 17: Englewood Shalom 5K - CFA to receive half of the proceeds;  Learn more | sign up
  • May 17: Junior Women's Club of Ramsey & Metro Church Assembling Weekend Snack Packs
  • May 21:  Clean the World personal care product assembly at Unilever USA.  
  • May 28: Smith School in Tenafly assembling Weekend Snack Packs



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