How To Help
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
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. You may also donate non-perishable food items at the Pantry during normal business hours. 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.
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.
Click on the thumbnail to the right for a list of items most needed for a successful food drive.
Give Birthday Bags
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.
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.