Who We Are

 

     The Jackson Food Pantry is operated by the Jackson Women of Today and is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization.  Our mission is to provide members opportunities in the areas of leadership training, personal growth, community service, and work in partnership with our community. 

 

  Our location is 10 Don Connor Boulevard, in Department of Public Works' building.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Jackson Township for allowing us to use this space.

 

The Jackson Food Pantry distributes food from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and privately donated food to low income and unemployed households to relieve food insecurity and emergency distress situations.  We maintain scheduled days and hours of distribution during the month: The fourth Thursday of each month from 5pm to 7pm for all clients and the Wednesday before from 5pm to 6:30 pm for seniors and disabled clients.

 

 Private food donations are received from community and individual food donations as well as from food drives such as Stamp Out Hunger and Scouting for Food. 

 

       We are sorry but we CANNOT accept donations of clothing.  There are other organizations who gladly accept these items.  

 

       Please do not leave food donations outside the food pantry door.  If you have a food donation, please call the pantry phone number and arrangements will be made to open the pantry and accept the donation.

 

Please arrange any food drives prior to the start of the drive by telephone: 732-833-6800 or 732 415-8049. 

     

     Food and other necessary items that are not donated or are obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture/State Food Purchase Plan are purchased with monetary/gift card donations, grants, and/or proceeds from JWOT projects.

     The food pantry started as a holiday food basket distribution in 1987. We operated out of the two-car garage of one of our members from 1990 until 1994. In 1994, St. Thomas A.M.E. Church gave us storage space in the attic of their parish hall, where we stayed until 2002.

     In March 2002, the Jackson Township Committee donated half of the former public library at 65 Don Connor Blvd to house our food pantry. We continued to operate from there until August 2007, when fire destroyed the building. We lost our entire food inventory. Thanks to the cooperation of the local township, the Dept of Public Works, and the ever present kindness of volunteers, we were back in operation in time for our next Distribution.

We have grown significantly in size over the years.  In May of 2001, we served 39 households at distribution.  In May 2015, we served 141 households at distribution!  The need for emergency food continues to grow each month and the Jackson Women of Today Food Pantry is growing right along with it.

 

 

 

 

 

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