About Us

The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. 

Food insecurity is a national problem. In Hunterdon County, of 126,000 residents, an estimated 5,000 have income below the poverty level. Many of these residents, including children and infants, don't get enough to eat without some form of assistance. 

The Flemington Area Food Pantry depends on the generosity of the Hunterdon County community for its very existence. Without donations of food and funds, the Pantry would not exist. More than 80% of Pantry income is derived from contributions of cash and groceries. 

The Pantry provides supplemental groceries to approximately 1,300 income qualified Hunterdon County families.
Pantry clients are often underemployed hard-working adults, veterans, families with children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and who go without food for several meals, or sometimes several days at a time. These people are your friends and neighbors. Some have lost jobs, and some are homeless. They are of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, but have one thing in common: they don’t have the resources to buy the food they need to subsist. 

How To Help

Donate Money

The Flemington Area Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which means donations are tax deductible within the limits permitted by law. Our Executive Director and two part-time assistants are the only paid employees, and our expenses are limited to their salaries, operating costs (phone, electricity, etc.), and the cost of the purchased food and personal care products we distribute to those in need.

You can donate to the pantry by clicking on the Donate button or mailing a check made payable to the Flemington Area Food Pantry to:

Flemington Area Food Pantry
PO Box 783
Flemington, NJ 08822

 

Donate Food

Food and personal care products can be donated at one of our convenient drop off boxes in the Flemington ShopRite and the Flemington Stop & Shop. A list of our current needs can be found in the Help Us section of this website. Please be sure donated food packaging has not been opened and has not passed its “use by” or “sell by” date.


If you are a farmer with surplus food crops, or a grocer who would like to donate food or personal care items, please call 908-788-5568 to find out how you can help.


Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed to pick up food and personal care items at local supermarkets, collection boxes, and other locations. Volunteers also work at the Pantry sorting and shelving items, distributing groceries to our clients, and helping with clerical and office tasks. Please visit the Help Us page for details or email our Volunteer Director.


Participate in Special Events

The Flemington Area Food Pantry runs special fundraising events throughout the year. These may include the Empty Bowl lunch and raffles. Other community organizations also stage special events in support of the Pantry. Contact the pantry for more information.


Run a Food Drive

Any group, religious congregation, company, or social organization is encouraged to organize a food drive in support of the Pantry. You can also set up a collection box at your place of business or organization’s facility. Please call 908-788-5568 for details.

Give Birthday Bags

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Another way you can help the Pantry is to donate Birthday Bags or the stuff we can put into bags.

The idea for Birthday Bags at the Flemington Area Food Pantry is to give parents the supplies they need to celebrate their child's birthday. Children's birthdays are recorded as part of the family's application the first time they come to the Pantry. Then in the two weeks prior to the child's birthday the parent can choose an age appropriate bag. All contents of the bag are new. Target age range is children three to fourteen.

Here’s how you can help:

Individual families or organizations such as Sunday school groups, youth groups, Girl Scout troops, etc. can assemble Birthday Bags as a project then donate the completed bags to the Pantry.

Desired contents include:

a.      Birthday cake candles

b.     Paper plates, cups and napkins (One or two other party supplies can be included if desired such as a banner or crepe paper, balloons, table covering, plastic utensils, blowing toys or hats)

(Not: At the pantry, when the bag is picked up, the parent chooses to get cake mix and icing (if they have access to an oven) or a ready-made cake from the bakery area of the Pantry. The cake mix and icing should not be included with the bag.)

The Birthday Bags should also include:

a.      One larger toy (Examples: coloring book with crayons or colored pencils, a boxed board game (that's a size that will fit in the bag), action figures, plastic dinosaurs, doll, craft project kit, dress up clothes, etc.) This has varied widely in the past and could be anything that is new and will fit in the bag. If the item needs batteries please include those as well.

b.      2 or 3 smaller toys (Examples: stick on tattoos, small container of play dough, card game, puzzle, bouncy ball, stickers, glow sticks, etc.)

c.      2 or 3 small pieces of candy (fun size)

Other items that can be included depending on budget and room remaining in the bag is an age appropriate book, pencils or pens, inexpensive calculator, etc.)

It will be necessary to choose a target age for the recipient of the bag and possibly a gender. A sticky note on the side of the bag should say "Boy 3-5" or "Boy/Girl 7-9" etc.

Another options to donate the above items for Pantry volunteers to assemble in the bags.

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Thank you for your interest in participating in this effort. Both the children and their parents have been grateful and excited to receive Birthday Bags.

 

For more information on the Birthday Bag program, send a query on the form below, or send an email to: info@FlemingtonFoodPantry.net.

Who We Help

Hunger in Hunterdon

According to the US Census, Hunterdon County consistently ranks among the five wealthiest counties in the United States. This fact begs the question: Do we really have hungry people living in our county? Stop by the Food Pantry and the answer will be plain to see.

The US Department of Agriculture reports that In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households (the USDA’s way to describe hungry families), including 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children. In New Jersey, 1,101,570 people currently live in food insecure households, and in Hunterdon County, of 123,000 residents in 2010, an estimated 4,600 had incomes below the poverty level. Many of those residents, including children and infants, don’t get enough to eat without some form of assistance.

Our Clients

The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides groceries and personal care products at no cost to 1,400 needy Hunterdon County families. These are often underemployed hard-working adults, veterans, families with children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and who go without food for several meals, or sometimes several days at a time. These people are your friends and neighbors. Some have lost jobs, others are retired and are victims of the current national economy. They are of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common, they don’t have the resources to buy the food they need to subsist.

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Some of our clients are homeless, others may be living in government-supported motels or apartments. Still others may be long-time residents of Hunterdon County and are managing to remain in their own homes, but don’t have enough income to purchase food.

Eligibility

All clients meet eligibility requirements that closely follow those of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of the USDA, and must provide documentation of need.

Learn more about eligibility requirements