If You Need Food

All our clients meet eligibility requirements that closely follow those of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of the USDA, and must provide documentation of need. If you need food but are not sure if you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, or think you may qualify for special consideration, please call 908-788-5568 or come to the Food Pantry during our scheduled business hours to find out if you are eligible.


Client Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the Food Pantry, all adults, 18 years and over, must reside within the county and meet financial needs as defined by TEFAP. All adults residing at the same address are considered part of a single household. All children within the household must have an identification document. All documents must be updated annually.

PROOF OF STREET ADDRESS – One current proof is of address is required for each adult in the household. Clients can use any ONE of the following:

  • a current driver’s license
  • a dated government award letter a current postmarked mail item a county residents card
  • a bank statement
  • a current lease agreement a utility bill

1. PROOF OF FINANCIAL NEED- One current proof of need is required for each adult within the household. Clients must present ONE document per adult

  • SNAP – Food Stamps Award Letter.
  • WIC-Women and Infants award check Temporary Assistance for Families
  • Temporary Hospital Assistance Card
  • SSI - Supplemental Security Income award letter SSD - Social Security Disability Insurance Income
  • NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid Card
  • A letter from EASTER SEALS SAFE in Hunterdon County letter

2. PROOF OF CHILDREN – ONE proof is needed for each child under 18. These documents may include:

  • A birth certificate
  • School records with current date and address, name of child Adoption, custody, foster care guardianship award papers College registration for adult children residing at home.


1. To be an active client at the Pantry you will be asked to show proof your street address and financial need yearly from date of initial registration.

2. You will be unable to receive food if you are not an active client at the Pantry. Food services will be suspended until you are able to provide documents.

3. You are invited to visit the Pantry two times (2) per month.

4. The Pantry is open Monday through Thursday and alternate Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Please check the Pantry calendar for dates and times.

5. In order to be eligible for Holiday meals, you must be an active client.

6. The Pantry works hard to provide food for over 1,200 families in the county. If you are receiving Pantry food under fraudulent conditions you will be removed from the client register. If you use Pantry food for resale or refund you will also be removed from the client register.

7. If you need someone to pick up food for you due to an illness you must provide a signed note with your phone number to assist the Pantry in verifying your request.

8. Children who are 18 and over are considered adults and must provide their own documentation to be an active client.

9. Active clients who are 60 and over are considered seniors for the purposes of federal government assistance.

10. For the purposes of Food distribution, all adults residing at the same address are considered one (1) household and cannot register as separate individual adults.

If you are in need of emergency food or shelter please call the Hunterdon County Division of Social Services at 908-788-1300.

You’re giving us hope. We may come for food, but we leave with hope.
— FAFP Client