While CFA will always make getting food to those in our community a priority, sometimes it takes more than food to help someone get back on their feet. It’s important to highlight all the ways you help people when you support CFA so we’re emphasizing our Taking Action Beyond the Bag.
Preventing an eviction, paying a security deposit, covering a utility bill
or paying for the delivery of heating oil on behalf of a family or a senior citizen is often all it takes to keep someone from spiraling down, which is why CFA invested $862,000 to help 1,174 households with these basic needs in 2016.
By providing help with these essentials and by making case management an important part of our work, our neighbors benefitted by having a much-needed breathing space and CFA’s support in helping them improve their lives.
Emergency Food Program: CFA provides seven-day nutritious food packages to low-income people from eight sites in northern New Jersey. CFA makes every effort to accommodate clients with special needs, including Diabetic Food, Low Salt, Gluten Free, Kosher and Korean Food Packages. Last year we distributed nearly 64,000 emergency and holiday food packages to local families in need. •
Homelessness Prevention and Heating, and Utility Assistance Program: CFA prevents evictions and the disconnection of utilities by paying security deposits on behalf of the household. When funding is available, the landlord or company is paid directly by CFA. Last year we helped 2,195 households with other basic needs such as rent, security deposits and utility and heating bills.
Weekend Snack Pack Program: Many low-income parents rely on school meals to feed their children. Often, children go hungry on the weekends when these meals are not available. Children attending seven area schools are given easy-to-prepare, single serving food items for the weekend. This program has been warmly received by the schools, parents, and students. Last year we distributed 30,000 snack packs. To local kids who are hungry.
Thanksgiving Meal Packages: Traditionally, CFA has given Thanksgiving food packages to over 3,000 low-income households. Many of CFA’s regular volunteers and several hundred additional volunteers assist with this effort.
Counseling and Advocacy: CFA provides information, referrals, counseling, and advocacy to clients and helps them access government and community services to which they are entitled. Workshops are periodically offered on topics such as: nutrition, budgeting, buying healthy foods on a limited budget, etc. Staff and volunteers follow-up with clients and provide additional support as needed.
CFA Garden Program: As part of our effort to improve the quality of food our clients have access to, CFA has launched a community garden on the premises of CFA Englewood. We are happy to say that outside groups are also starting community gardens and donating the harvest to CFA.
Smile Pack Program: This is a new initiative with the goal of encouraging our young clients to exercise proper dental hygiene. Each Smile Pack contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. These packs will be added twice a year to our Weekend Snack Packs and, as available, given to clients with young children as part of their seven-day food package.
New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition (NJAHC): NJAHC, CFA’s statewide program, advocates on behalf of the poorest and most vulnerable residents of our State by educating the public and policy makers on critical issues affecting NJ’s low-income residents.