Center For Food Action – Non Profit in New Jersey

CFA’s Run/Walk for Hunger 2023

Our run/walk was a great success! Over 200 people joined us at Overpeck Park for our second annual 5K to fight hunger in Northern NJ. Hunger is real in Bergen County and we couldn’t be there to help our families without your support!

CFA’s 2024 MLK Day of Service

Our Martin Luther King Day of Service was a great success! Over 200 people joined us to help us pack 2,000 snack packs for children in need in our community. The event was chaired by Theodora Smiley Lacey. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Mayor Michael Wildes and Commissioner Tracy Zur were with us to pack the food.  Hunger is real in Bergen County and we couldn’t help our families without your support!

CFA’s Annual Fundraiser Was A Huge Success

We want to thank our sponsors and the 200 people who came out to honor the work CFA continues to do to help our community!

New Jersey Story

If you live in Bergen County NJ, or Upper Passaic County, NJ, we may be able to help you and your family with food packages.


Your support is critical to CFA’s ability to provide a variety of essential services that help local families and individuals who are struggling to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads.


Volunteers play a key role in helping CFA end hunger and homelessness in our neighborhoods. Some volunteers come weekly, others help with our administrative work and some come only once or twice.

Raise Funds

Put your passion to work by raising funds or by organizing your own event to help our neighbors in need. How about lunch with friends, an event at your home, office, or place of worship?

Food Assistance

If you live in Bergen County or Upper Passaic County, New Jersey, and you would like a little help, please click the link below to register your household and make an appointment for food. Or call your local site to make an appointment over the phone.

The Impact You Make!

MLK Day 2021:
Keeping the Dream Alive, with Mrs. Theodora Lacey

A message of gratitude and hope

CFA's Pandemic Response

NJ woman recalls Dr. King as a 'charismatic man'

N.J. residents come together on MLK Day to ensure neighbors don't go hungry

MLK event honors Bergen County pioneer

With Your Help, We've Been Helping Neighbors in Need for Over 45 Years.

Annual Emergency & Holiday Food Packages Distributed
Annual CFA Volunteer Hours
CFA Service Distribution Sites/Warehouses

Ready to Become a Volunteer?​

Would you like to volunteer to help CFA provide emergency services to thousands of local families and individuals in need? Please email: Valerie Anderson at or call 201-569-1804 x15.

Center for Food Action Programs

Food Program

Food is at the heart of CFA’s work. CFA’s pandemic response serves an average of 1,000 households a week, distributing approximately 40,000 pounds of food a month.

Prevention Program

The threat of homelessness is very real to thousands of northern New Jersey residents as a result of the pandemic, job loss, and lost wages. CFA’s homelessness prevention program helps with back rent, first month’s rent, and security deposits.

Weekend Snack
Pack Program

Many children in our community who receive free or reduced-price school meals are left without adequate nutrition when not at school. Distributed through school feeding programs, community organizations, and agency partners, CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program fills this gap with nutritious food for children at risk of hunger.


CFA’s garden and donations from other community gardens make it possible to add fresh veggies to our food packages. The garden is managed by CFA volunteer, Smadar Shemmesh with in-kind support from Paul Keyes.

Smile Pack

CFA’s Smile Pack Program helps encourage young clients to exercise proper dental care. Smile packs include a toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste. Local dentists make this program possible.

Hunger Free
New Jersey

CFA’s statewide program, Hunger Free New Jersey, changes policy and practice to ensure that all New Jerseyans have healthy food to eat, every single day. HFNJ works on the local, state and federal levels.

Client Stories