The Food Brigade periodically offers various types of free assistance to people in need in New Jersey:
Food Bags/Boxes Program: weekly distribution of assorted packaged food items
Packaged Dinner Meals Program (restarting June 2022)
Supermarket Gift Cards Program
Summer Food Service Program (June-August 2022)
Thanksgiving Distribution Program (November 2022)
Diapers (Infant & Adult) & Period Supplies Program (call 201-614-4414 for separate registration)
Online Pantry Custom Ordering (coming soon)
HOW TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM THE FOOD BRIGADE
To become a client of The Food Brigade, you must complete our Emergency Food Registration Form, and have an intake interview with one of our staff. You can download a copy of our registration form here:
The Food Brigade Inc.
P.O. Box 214
Paramus, NJ 07653
ONLINE FOOD ORDERING SYSTEM
After your intake interview and the acceptance of your application, you will be set up with an account in our ONLINE PANTRY system. Once you are registered in the system, you will be able to participate in our food distributions by logging in and requesting food and other items through the client portal.
All food distribution dates and times will be listed in the client portal. You must log in periodically to check the schedule and to sign up for our food distributions.
When you place an order with our Online Pantry system, you will see an Order Summary confirmation message on your screen. Print out the Order Summary and bring it with you when you come to pick up your order. You can also take a screenshot to show on your phone if you do not have access to a printer. You will also receive an email confirmation of your request. You will receive email and text message reminders of your scheduled visit. When you arrive at our site, you can quickly check in by displaying your client UPC code symbol (either printed or on your phone).
You must make a reservation through the client portal for each food distribution event at which you want to receive food. You should log in and check the schedule regularly to see when our food distribution dates are.
REFUSAL OF SERVICE
Although our mission is charitable in nature, you may be refused services if:
- You make untrue or inaccurate statements in your registration application form or otherwise provide untrue or inaccurate information for your account.
- You are abusive or threatening toward our staff or volunteers.
- You fail or refuse to follow the instructions and direction of our staff or volunteers when receiving services (e.g., failing to follow the traffic directions given by staff upon picking up food from us, failure to wear a mask, failure to remain in your vehicle, etc.).
- You fail to pick up food that you ordered and/or reserved two (2) times, without contacting us to advise that you were unable to pick up.
When you visit our distribution site, you MUST wear a mask. Please STAY in your vehicle. Either pop your trunk, or unlock your car doors, so that our volunteers can load your vehicle.
LOCATION: Calvary United Methodist Church, 185 W. Madison Ave., Dumont, New Jersey (enter parking lot behind church off Cooper Ave.)