In New Jersey, 1 in 10 persons and 1 in 7 children live in households where there is no regular access to enough food to live healthy and active lives. The NCJW/Essex Pack the Pantry program is doing our part to help.

Please bring your donations of non-perishable food items and/or ShopRite gift cards ($5 or $10 denominations) to the NCJW/Essex office and to NCJW/Essex events. Please check to make sure that the food items are UNOPENED and UNEXPIRED.

Donations will directly reach our Center for Women clients through Pack the Pantry, an in-house food pantry created to help women and families facing food insecurity in our community.

Volunteers who are looking for a more hands-on experience can help prepare meals and distribute food items to guests of Christine’s Kitchen which is located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

Pack the Pantry is looking for volunteers committed to helping to alleviate hunger for women and families in the communities in which we reside.

To volunteer please email