Community Garden Program


We love adding fresh veggies to our emergency food packages.  Smadar Shemmesh, our garden manager who volunteers countless hours, coordinates the support of Dwight Englewood School under the guidance of Tasha Urbanowski, Paul Keyes Associates and Quench Irrigation to make our garden bloom.

A heartfelt thank you to the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood (FPCE) for your continued support and generous donation of funds to help our garden grow. Also, many thanks to the dedicated team of garden volunteers, including Chelsea Gleis and the Greenteam of Englewood and the Bergen County Starbucks Community Outreach volunteers, who help us maintain this important project.

Fresh produce is important to a healthy diet, but it can be very expensive, and it has a limited shelf life. All the produce from CFA’s garden is distributed to local low-income families who rarely have access to fresh, organic vegetables. This spring we’re planting salad greens such as lettuce, kale and arugula, summer and winter squash, peas and pole beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, okra and cabbage, collard greens, potatoes, watermelons, carrots, beets, parsley, basil, thyme and fennel, several varieties of mint, lots of Nasturtiums and Marigolds in addition to NJ native plants to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

A big thank you to the many groups who grow food to help our clients including Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, GrowTorah and Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lakes.

Volunteers Make Our Community Garden Possible

No Green Thumb Required!

Have a Green Thumb?

Do you want help in our Community Garden Program? No green thumb required.

Food Packages Distributed

People Helped at Farmers Market

Thanksgiving Meals


Rental & Utility Assistance

We are extraordinarily grateful to see our community come together to support frontline care team members in the last several months. Through your generosity, more than 150,000 meals from local restaurants were donated to help power our team through the height of the COVID-19 crisis. As we begin to move forward, our locations will no longer be accepting food donations—but we ask that you keep that generous spirit alive.

We encourage you to instead direct your financial donations to Center for Food Action’s Give a Meal Program to help those going hungry within our communities. Together, we can curb hunger, help local restaurants, and make a difference for families in need.

Give A Meal