Hunger & Food Justice

Mission: AmpleHarvest.org eliminates food waste, hunger and malnutrition in America by educating, encouraging and empowering growers to share their excess harvest with thousands of local food pantries instead of letting it rot in the garden.

Website: http://ampleharvest.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://ampleharvest.org/get-involved/
Email: info@AmpleHarvest.org

What volunteers do:

  • Communicate with food pantries in your area to be added to the Ample Harvest free program.
  • Help spread the word and ideas of Ample Harvest among food growers in your community, by handing and posting fliers, reaching out to local media, social media platforms.
  • If you’re a grower, Share it! Hosting a party? Donate the leftovers and extra food to a food pantry.

Region: Statewide

Mission:  The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment. As part of our hospitality we also encourage and assist our guests in accessing community resources, services and educational programs.

Website:  http://www.cskmorristown.org

Volunteer form: http://www.cskmorristown.org/how-to-help/volunteer/individual.html
Email: volunteer@cskmorristown.org
Phone: (973) 267-0709

What volunteers do:

  • Serving Line – 7 days a week – Help serve a hot noontime meal. Must be 12 years old. Commitment is from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Serve Breakfast - 7 days a week, must be 12 years old. Commitment is 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Free Farmers Market – Monday and Friday - Sort and distribute food donations from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Stop & Shop. It’s like working in a food store where everything is free for anyone in need! Must be 12 years old. Commitment is from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. if you would like to sort and distribute, 12:45 pm to 2:30pm if you would just like to distribute.  Wednesday market is offsite and the time commitment is 3:00 to 5:00.
  • Pantry Transfer – 2 times per month - Move canned goods from our pantry down the street to the Soup Kitchen dining room and kitchen. Must be 12 years old. Typically scheduled on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Kitchen Volunteer – Our 2 ½ hour training class gives you all the info you need to assist in our certified kitchen. Must be 18 years old.
  • Youth Council – Take a leadership role in solving the local problems of homelessness and poverty. - for 7th and 8th graders – Meets 6 – 8 times per year.

FYI: New volunteers are asked to attend a brief orientation to learn more about what we do. Once you’ve joined us for your orientation your name will be placed on the Volunteer List and you can begin signing up to help. Please note, Serving Line, Kitchen Volunteers, and Free Farmers Market dates are typically scheduled one month in advance.

Region: Morristown in Morris County

Mission: Food Not Bombs is a worldwide movement made up of autonomous groups who believe that food and the other necessities of life are rights, not privileges. So we give food away and eat it ourselves. We are not doing charity but community, solidarity and celebration. Food Not Bombs chapters around the world collect fresh food every week that would otherwise go to waste, because it's no longer pretty enough to be sold. We get our food from donations by companies, stores, organizations, and individual people. Much of the food we share would otherwise be thrown away or wasted. Instead, it is made into nutritious vegan meals or distributed as-is, free to all who want it. Food Not Bombs is collectively run, non-hierarchical, and anti-authoritarian. All decisions, within each autonomous chapter, are made by consensus. No one is in charge. No one gives orders. Things simply get done because people see that something needs doing. Everyone who wants to volunteer is welcomed.
The mission of the Food Not Bombs Free Skool is to strengthen the organizing skills of activists volunteering in the peace, social justice and environmental movements by invite participants to share and seek knowledge in the areas of social change, economic justice, peace, generosity, diversity, responsibility and a sustainable future.


Volunteer form/page: http://www.foodnotbombs.net/new_site/volunteer.php


Phone: 1-800-884-1136     

What volunteers do:

  • Help us distribute free coffee, bread and legal information to hungry Latino workers and homeless.
  • grow and collect surplus foods from Restaurants, Farmers Markets, food drives to cook and serve nutritious vegetarian meals.
  • Write, illustrate, design and print flyers about the work your local Food Not Bombs is supporting.
  • Organize a presentation by Food Not Bombs cofounder Keith McHenry at your local college, bookstore, cafe or community center.
  • Visit local groceries, bakeries and markets to schedule the recovery of their surplus food.

Region: Statewide

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

Website: http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org

Volunteer form/page: http://flemingtonfoodpantry.org/help-us
Email: volunteer@flemingtonfoodpantry.org
Phone: 908-996-6463

What volunteers do: Volunteers perform all operating functions of the Pantry. Volunteers pick up food and personal care items at local supermarkets, donation 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. Pantry volunteers help with fund-raising activities and assist at special events such as the Empty Bowl.

Region: Flemington, Hunterdon County

Mission:  HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey and break the cycle of poverty: we provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent service-enriched housing,  homelessness prevention services (including back rent & utility assistance), emergency food, free clothing and household goods at our FreeStore, affordable housing searches, job placement and readiness skills, and Special programming for children.

Website:  http://www.homefrontnj.org/

Volunteer Page: http://www.homefrontnj.org/volunteering/
Volunteer form: http://www.homefrontnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/HomeFront-Individual-Opportunities-Calendar.pdf
Email:  MeghanC@homefrontnj.org
Phone:  609-989-9417 x 133

What volunteers do:

  • Food and pantry warehouse: Prepare food bags, sort donations and check expiration dates in our food pantry. Organize items in our warehouse and help donors on the donation dock.
  • Sewing Space: Cut fabric, organize sewing material and teach our clients to sew, knit or crochet basic items. No experience necessary!
  • Free Store: Assist with sorting incoming donations of clothing, household items and linens and organize by category.
  • Homework Helper.
  • Adult Tutoring.
  • Teaching Kitchen: Teach a low-budget healthy cooking class to either adults or children.
  • Art Space: Encourage our clients to express themselves through painting, drawing and poetry.
  • Adult Programs:  teaching a life skill: budgeting, fitness, nutrition and more..
  • Joy, Hopes and Dream Tutoring: Help in our offsite tutoring programs for homeless and at-risk children ages 5 through 17.
  • Childcare.
  • Summer Camp.
  • Back to School Drive : Help process incoming items and organize donations.
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas Wishes Drive: Help organize baskets and prepare them for distribution.

FYI: All Volunteers must be 16 or older.

Region: Mercer County

Mission: Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is dedicated to helping people successfully meet the challenges of everyday life. We are a non-profit agency that provides quality, affordable, and accessible social services to Jewish individuals and families in need. JFCS is also responsive to the needs of the broader community on a non-discriminating basis. We place the highest value upon treating people with dignity and respect and are guided by the Jewish tradition of helping people help themselves.

Website: https://jfcssnj.org/

Volunteer form/page: https://jfcssnj.org/volunteer-opportunities/
Email: aloew@jfedsnj.org
Phone: 856-424-1333

What volunteers do: JFCS Office Administration Assistance; Help stock, sort and pack bags of food in the Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries (volunteers may also deliver bags / boxes of groceries to home-bound individuals); Friendly Visitor; Hospice-Shabbat Visitor; Patient Partners Advocate; Shabbat Shalom Visitor; Soups and Sweets Special Culinary Program Assistant; Special Needs Job Mentor; Special Needs Recreational Assistants; Special Needs Tops Helper; Pre-school Teacher’s Helper; Transportation; Veterans Transportation Assistance.

Region: Cherry Hill & Maple Shade, Camden & Burlington Counties 

Mission: To alleviate hunger and lead those we serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles.

Website: http://lunchbreak.org

Volunteer form/page: http://lunchbreak.org/volunteer
Email: prizzo@lunchbreak.org
Phone: (732) 747-8577 ext. 3108

What volunteers do: Volunteers may be asked to prepare or serve food, wash dishes, clean tables and floors, shelve food in the pantry, organize clothing, answer incoming phone calls, and even work outside.

FYI: Please call in advance to reserve your volunteer hours, as they do not allow walk-ins.

Region: Red Bank, Monmouth County

Mission: Provides nutritious meals to homebound seniors with the added bonus of a quick safety check and much-needed human connection that come with each delivery. In some communities, additional services that keep seniors healthy and safe are also offered, like pet food delivery, senior center meal programs, home repair services and transportation. Each local program works with its own community's needs and resources to provide a community-specific solution.

Website: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

Volunteer form/page: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action/volunteer and https://americaletsdolunch.org

What volunteers do: The most common volunteer job is delivering meals and friendly greetings to homebound seniors. Most typically, this involves picking up meals at a central location and delivering them along a pre-determined route directly to the homes of several seniors in your area. Volunteers are expected to deliver the meal and generally check in with the clients to make sure they are OK through a brief conversation. You are not expected to stay with the client for the meal. Once you are done, you return the delivery packaging items and get back on your way.

County: Statewide

Mission: Reducing Hunger: leads the community response to hunger in Mercer County, providing food and linking prevention programs to children, adults and seniors who face hunger and food insecurity on a daily basis. Breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect: works with fragile at-risk families, guiding and leading them toward a healthier, safer life and brighter future. Closing education disparities: helps children, youth and adults overcome achievement gaps and barriers to school success and employment.

Website: http://mercerstreetfriends.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://mercerstreetfriends.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/
Contact: Food Bank: bpeterson@mercerstreetfriends.org  phone: 609-406-0503, Preschool: lbanks@mercerstreetfriends.org phone: 609-656-5220, 
Digital Initiative:  TDI@mercerstreetfriends.org phone: 609-278-5520, Adult Education:  gegan@mercerstreetfriends.org phone: 609-278-6904, 
Parenting Programs: khoppock@mercerstreetfriends.org phone: 609-278-6906

What volunteers do:

  • Food Bank: Assemble food orders, Bag up fresh fruits and vegetables, Assemble weekend meal packs for children, label food supplies, Assist with mass mailings, Transport food, Translate nutrition messages into Spanish, Participate in advocacy calls to action, Monitor stores and replenish Check Out Hunger materials.
  • Preschool: spend a morning at the center assisting with classroom and outdoor activities.
  • Digital Initiative: Test donated computer, remove data and install software, Teach computer skills in one of the programs, Write tech support documents, Collect donated computers, Deliver and setup refurbished computers in the homes of end users.
  • Adult Education: Instruct and assist students, watch over young children while parents/caregivers are in the classroom.
  • Parenting Programs: Provide childcare while parents participate in activities, run craft classes, sewing groups, or book clubs, and one-time activities.

FYI: All volunteers must undergo a background check prior to beginning service.

Region: Ewing, Trenton in Mercer County

Mission: To strengthen the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families through affordable mental health counseling and social service programs.

Website: http://www.nutleyfamily.org

Volunteer form/page: http://www.nutleyfamily.org/volunteers
Email: epainter.nfsb@gmail.com
Phone: 973-667-1884

What volunteers do: The Thrift Shop is always in need of help for retail sales, merchandising and inventory. The Food Pantry requires much assistance for food drive collections, stocking shelves, and distributing goods.

Region: Nutely, Essex  

Mission: To feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

Website: http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/

Volunteer page: http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/volunteer.php
Volunteer’s manual and job descriptions: http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/pdf/task-volunteer-handbook.pdf
Email: Meals: charlieo@trentonsoupkitchen.org, Tutoring:  kellyh@trentonsoupkitchen.org Phone: 609-695-5456 ext 107,
Computer service: dianes@trentonsoupkitchen.org phone: 609-695-5456 ext 106, Support "Kids Day Off":  charlieo@trentonsoupkitchen.org

What volunteers do:

  • On site: Help prepare and/or serve a meal, Tutor in our Adult Education Program, Support our Computer Center, Support "Kids Day Off" - When Trenton schools are closed, we open our Art Room to children (offers volunteers younger than 13 the opportunity to work at TASK when accompanied by an adult).
  • Off site: Donate or help to wrapped utensils, Donate Take-Home Lunch Bags, Donate Take-Home Dinner Bags, Donate a Take-Home Kids Breakfast Bag, Donate Hygiene Bags, Donate GALLON SIZE zip lock bags, Donate Bake cookies, brownies, and cupcakes, Donate Socks, Donate Cold Weather Clothing, Donate Plastic Ponchos, Donate Reading Glasses, Donate a Computer, Donate Sanitary Napkins or tampons, Crochet Mats out of Plastic Bags (instructions), and Entertain TASK patrons with music, drama, etc.

FYI: Volunteering requires advanced scheduling for individuals and groups.

Region: Ewing, Trenton in Mercer County