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Tackling Food Insecurity One Food Pantry Shelf At A Time

Even before the pandemic hit, food security was a significant issue for thousands of ALICE families and those in poverty. ALICE was already navigating life without a safety net and was one crisis away from financial despair. That crisis is here, bringing an increase in food insecurity while pantries experience shortages. Through Foodstock, United Way of Northern New Jersey and our volunteers are collecting much-needed items for food pantries throughout our region.


Donate Items

Below is a list of items pantries need year-round. For information on items needed during specific times of year, such as the summer and winter holidays, email Lisa Galonardo, or call 973.993.1160, x503.

  • Breakfast items: cereal, instant oats, low-sugar granola bars, biscuits

  • Canned items: vegetables, pork and beans, sausages, hearty stews and soups

  • Grains: pastas, ravioli, rice

  • Beverages: shelf-stable or powdered milk, low-sugar iced tea mixes

  • Lunch items: tuna, peanut butter

  • Snack items: crackers, raisins, unsalted almonds

  • Personal care: toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, body wash/soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine hygiene products

  • Baby care items:  Stage 1, 2 and 3 baby meals, formula, diapers, wipes

  • Paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

  • Household cleaning products, laundry detergent, dish detergent/soap, and hand sanitizer

  • Dog and cat food

  • Also consider making and donating masks


Donate Money

Donate via our secure online payment system:

Or checks can be sent to:

United Way of Northern New Jersey
PO Box 6835
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Note: Make checks payable to “United Way of Northern New Jersey” with “Foodstock” on the memo line.



Volunteers can join or start a food drive to collect needed items for distribution to local food pantries. To volunteer, please click here. To learn more, email Lisa Galonardo, or call 973.993.1160, x503.

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