Gloucester County officials encouraging residents to donate to food banks, food pantries

Officials say food banks and pantries are struggling to keep their shelves stocked due to the increase in demand for food.

Food banks and food panties across Gloucester County are seeking food donations to continue to serve individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food banks and pantries are struggling to keep their shelves stocked due to the increase in demand for food. The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders wants to encourage our residents to donate to pantries across the county.

“There’s a lot of new demand for food banks and local food pantries right now and it’s important that we’re still serving the individuals who need to get food,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “Many residents are stocking up on essential items for their homes. If you have any extra nonperishable items you consider donating that to our local food banks and pantries to help our vulnerable residents.”

Nonperishable items include:

  • Dry/cooked cereal products
  • Canned, powdered, or shelf-stable dairy
  • Pudding mixes
  • Protein products
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Dried beans
  • Pastas, spaghetti
  • Rice, macaroni and cheese dinners
  • Can soups – all types

A full list of food pantries are available on the county website from the division of social services. Visit https://bit.ly/3aaPr5l for the full list and the towns they serve in Gloucester County.

“We want everyone to utilize local food pantries if they need to. There’s no need to be ashamed as the system is set up to help people,” said Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the division of social services.

If residents are in need of assistance and programs like food stamps, Medicaid, NJ Family Care, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, General Assistance, NJ Care of Kids or Kinship Navigator, visit https://www.njhelps.org to see if you’re eligible.

Anyone with questions about food banks and pantries in Gloucester County or any of the programs listed above, please contact the Gloucester County Division of Social Services at (856) 581-9200 or visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov.