About this guide
This guide to getting free food in Bloomfield when you have no money provides a one-stop resource for those seeking food assistance in our community. Below you’ll find information on who qualifies for specific food programs, how to apply, and what those programs provide recipients. It also includes a list of area food banks and food pantries.

Last updated Aug. 3, 2022.

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More than 1 in 3 Bloomfield households struggle to afford things like food, housing, transportation, health care, child care, and basic technology, according to a 2018 analysis from United Way Northern New Jersey.

The United Way measurement system, ALICE, counts the number of households with annual budgets below the minimum cost of living.

While the 2018 federal poverty level was $12,140 for a single adult and $25,100 for a family of four, the United Way study found that the actual bare minimum cost of living in Essex County was more than $28,200 and $81,396, respectively.

But approximately 30 percent of people who can qualify for federal food assistance aren’t enrolled in those programs, according to New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

The Bloomfield Info Project is working to fill that gap and ensure our community can access resources available to them.

We spent hours gathering and reviewing these resources so you don’t have to.

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State Resources

NJ SNAP or Supplement Nutrition Assistance

New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to families and individuals with low incomes. Money is loaded onto a debit card and can be used to buy groceries. The card is accepted at most grocery stores. Eligibility is based on factors like income and resources.

What can be purchased with NJ SNAP?

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Beans, fish, poultry, meat
  • Rice, bread, tortillas, cereal
  • Milk and cheese
  • Seeds and plants that produce food

What cannot be purchased with NJ SNAP?

  • Alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes
  • Non-food items like pet food, toilet paper, diapers, soap, etc.
  • Vitamins and medicine
  • Hot and prepared food or meals

New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to families and individuals with low incomes. Money is loaded onto a debit card and can be used to buy groceries. The card is accepted at most grocery stores. Eligibility is based on factors like income and resources.

How do households and college students qualify for NJ SNAP?


A household is anyone who lives and eats together. You must be 18 or older to apply, and an authorized representative (like a friend, relative, or neighbor) can go shopping for you if you’re unable.

Households must meet specific criteria to be eligible for the SNAP program, including income. To see a list of current income requirements, click here

College Students

College students can be eligible for SNAP if they are enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education and:

  • are eligible to participate in a state or federally financed work-study program OR
  • in the current academic year, have an Expected Family Contribution of $0 on your FAFSA

College students ages 18-49 can qualify for SNAP if they meet any of the following conditions: 

  • Be enrolled in an approved career and technical education program at a New Jersey community college
  • Be employed at least 20 hours per week AND paid for such work
  • Be participating in a federal work-study program during the school year
  • Be participating in an on-the-job training program
  • Be responsible for the care of a member of your household who is a dependent under six
  • Be a single parent enrolled full-time AND responsible for a dependent under 12
  • Be unable to work due to a physical or mental disability OR receive Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

Where can I use NJ SNAP around Bloomfield?

Here is map and list of Bloomfield-area stores within walking distance of Bloomfield that accept NJ SNAP. Find the latest information from U.S. Department of Agriculture here.

A list of Bloomfield-area stores accepting NJ SNAP.
Jack's Super Foodtown296 Glenwood Ave.Bloomfield
CVS Pharmacy250 Glenwood Ave.Bloomfield
A&A West Indian & American Grocery Store160 Orange St.Bloomfield
New Way Quick Stop140 Franklin St.Bloomfield
D&D West Indian American Grocery Store8 Arlington Ave.Bloomfield
Aldi244 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
East West Food Mart67 Belleville Ave.Bloomfield
Stop & Shop8 Franklin Street.Bloomfield
Walgreens17 Belleville Ave.Bloomfield
Super Fresh19 Belleville Ave.Bloomfield
CVS331 Broad St.Bloomfield
Quick Check357 Broad St.Bloomfield
Original Tropical29 Dodd St.Bloomfield
7- Eleven122 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
Dollar Tree135 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
El Azteca335 Ampere Pkwy.Bloomfield
Walgreens77 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
Sunoco72 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
Bloomfield Care Pharmacy34 Bloomfield Ave.Bloomfield
7- Eleven544 Broad St.Bloomfield
Caribe Food Market25 1st Ave.Bloomfield
Brookdale ShopRite1409 Broad St.Bloomfield
Freash Deli Markets480 Park Ave.East Orange
D&D Grocery Corp424 Park Ave.East Orange
Mercadom Market220 Springdale Ave.East Orange
WK Food Corp500 Parkway Dr.East Orange
K & E Mini Market12 Ampere Pkwy.East Orange
All Halal Meats20 Ampere Pkwy.East Orange
Bachman Market510 Prospect St.East Orange
Subway/Sunoco495 Prospect St.East Orange
Rodriguez Mini Mart173 Dodd St.East Orange
E&W Food Market328 Dodd St.East Orange
Twin Deli Grocery185 N Park St.East Orange
Sajoma Supermarket451 Springdale Ave.East Orange
Dollar General397 Springdale Ave.East Orange
Thiana Mini Market88 Davenport Ave.Newark
Minier Grocery Corp915 Franklin Ave.Newark
Mahalaxmi Foods879 Franklin Ave.Newark
Family Dollar840 N 6th St.Newark
Exito Fresh Market341 Montclair Ave.Newark
6th Street Supermarket810 N 6th St.Newark
CVS Pharmacy451 Bloomfield Ave.Newark
La Fe Food Market and Grill291 1St Ave West.Newark
Nemo Deli Grocery Store640 N 6th St.Newark
Wawa11 Franklin Ave.Belleville
Krausers45 Franklin St.Belleville
Hassanally Ali Hallal Market14-16 Bloomfield Ave.Belleville
Tarick West Indian and American Grocery10 Bloomfield Ave.Belleville
Super Fresh Food World115 Belmont Ave.Belleville
Walgreens345 Franklin Ave.Belleville
7-Eleven15 Bloomfield Ave.Montclair
Amin’s Corner310 Orange Rd.Montclair
Mission Mini Market4 Mission St.Montclair
Montclair’s Crowd Around Deli63 Glenridge Ave.Montclair
Mexican Travel and Grocery190 Bloomfield Ave.Montclair
Dry Goods Refillery193 Bellevue Ave.Montclair
CVS Pharmacy565 Valley Rd.Montclair
ACME510 Valley Rd.Montclair
Montclair Farmer's Market86 Walnut St.Montclair
CVS Pharmacy49 Claremont Ave.Montclair
Rite Aide1366 Clifton Ave.Clifton
Stop and Shop1185 Broad St.Clifton
Walgreens550 Allwood Rd.Clifton
Dollar Tree1053 Bloomfield Ave.Clifton
7 Eleven203 Darling Ave.Nutley
Nutley Park ShopRite437 Franklin Ave.Nutley
Lucky 7 Food Mart397 Centre St.Nutley
CVS Pharmacy213 Harrison St. #217Nutley
Dollar Tree100 Franklin Ave.Nutley

Where can I use NJ SNAP online?

NJ SNAP cannot be used to pay for delivery or other fees but can be used to shop online at the following stores.

Local Stores

  • Aldi at 244 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield (Order online from Aldi here)
  • Stop & Shop at 8 Franklin St, Bloomfield (Order online here.)
  • ShopRite at 1409 Broad St, Bloomfield (Order online here.)

You can also get your groceries delivered or packed free with Instacart if you have NJ SNAP. Find out more about using NJ SNAP benefits with Instacart in Bloomfield here.

Regional Stores

  • Walmart at 174 Passaic St, Garfield, NJ (Order online here.)
  • BJ’s at 300 NJ-17, East Rutherford, NJ (Order online here.)  

Online-only Stores

  • Amazon (Order online here.)

How do I apply for NJ SNAP?

To complete an online benefits screening to get preliminary information on if you qualify for SNAP benefits, click here

To complete an online application for NJ SNAP, click here

To complete an application by mail, print it here and send it to Family Assistance and Benefits, 320 University Ave, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.

Women, Infants, and Children or WIC

WIC is New Jersey’s supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. This program provides food, nutrition education, and support programs for income-eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum or have children up to age 5. Money is loaded onto a benefits debit card and can be used to supplement a food budget

WIC also provides an additional $25 during the summer months to purchase fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmer’s markets as part of the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

Who qualifies for WIC?

Here are the people who may qualify for WIC:

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who have delivered a child within the last six months
  • Breastfeeding women who have given birth to a child within the last year
  • Infants and children under five years old

To be eligible, people in these categories must:

  • Have a medical condition or limited access to nutrition that places their health at risk
  • Live in New Jersey and provide proof of residency
  • Meet income guidelines found here.

What can I buy using WIC?

Find New Jersey’s latest list of foods available through WIC here.

Download the WICShopper app from the Apple App Store here or Google Play here to scan food UPCs in stores to see if it qualifies for WIC.

Where can I use WIC in Bloomfield?

Here is a map and list of Bloomfield-area stores within walking distance of Bloomfield that accept WIC. Find the latest information from N.J. Department of Health here.

Super Fresh19 Belleville Ave.Bloomfield
Jack’s Super Foodtown296 Glenwood Ave.Bloomfield
Original Tropical29 Dodd St.Bloomfield
Stop & Shop8 Franklin St.Bloomfield
Caribe Foodmarket25 1st Ave.Bloomfield
Brookdale ShopRite1409 Broad St.Bloomfield
Super Fresh Food World115 Belmont Ave.Belleville

How do I apply for WIC?

Complete your pre-application process online here. Then, qualifying applicants will be contacted by their local WIC agency or clinic office to schedule an appointment.

All family members who will be using the benefits must be present at the appointment, including children. You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of residency
  • Your health care referral form if one was completed by a doctor or healthcare provider
  • Your children’s Universal Child Health Record (UHCR)
  • Your children’s vaccination records

Once approved, you will receive the eWIC benefits debit card, which can purchase foods on the WIC-approved list at local grocery stores.

Resources for people age 60+

In addition to being able to qualify for NJ SNAP, people age 60+ in New Jersey may qualify for the following programs.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program or CFSP

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income seniors 60 and older by supplementing their diets with monthly nutritious food packages provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Packages include a variety of foods.

In New Jersey, CFSP is administered by local food banks. Essex County’s program is run by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, New Jersey.

How do I qualify for CFSP?

Seniors who wish to participate must reside in New Jersey and need to provide proof of identity, age, residency, and income.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a resident of New Jersey
  • Be age 60 and older
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines here.

What is included in a CFSP package? 

Packages can include: 

  • Dairy like cheese and milk 
  • Fruit juices
  • Cereal, oats, or grits
  • Rice, pasta, or dehydrated potato flakes
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry beans or peas
  • Canned meat, poultry, or fish
  • Canned fruits or vegetables

The contents of the food package may change monthly depending upon what is available provided by the USDA.

How do I apply for CFSP?

Applicants must contact the Community Food Bank of New Jersey by calling 908-355-3663 to learn about the nearest CFSP site. 

The program primarily operates out of senior housing buildings and may limit access to residents. However, if you do not live in participating senior housing, the food bank will let you know if any nearby locations allow the participation of non-residents.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program or SFMNP

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) promotes nutritional health among New Jersey residents age 60+ by providing locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at local farmers’ markets. 

Once approved for the program, residents will receive checks in the mail of up to $30 monthly from June to October to use at any of the county-listed farmer’s markets. The county also provides program participants transportation to and from those farmer’s markets.

Programs begin every year on June 1.

How do I qualify for SFMNP?

This program is limited to senior citizens who are 60 years and older and whose total income is equal to or less than the income poverty guidelines increased by 185%. Find the latest income requirements here.

How do I apply for SFMNP in Essex County?

Seniors interested in applying for the SFMNP program need to contact the Essex County Department of Senior Services at 973-395-8389, or they can visit the Essex County Division of Senior Services at 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blv. in Newark to fill out an application. 

Or fill out the application at the Bloomfield Farmer’s Market in the Bloomfield Library Courtyard during the market season.

Where can I use SFMNP around Bloomfield?

Use can use your SFMNP benefits with the following vendors at these area farmer’s markets:

  • Bloomfield Farmers’ Market
    • Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St, Bloomfield
    • Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June to October
    • Approved vendors include City Green
  • East Orange Farmer’s Market
    • 235 Winans St, East Orange
    • Fourth Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Approved vendors include RH Farms
  • Montclair Farmers’ Market
    • Walnut Street Train Station, 86 Walnut St, Montclair
    • Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June to November
    • Approved vendors include Circle Brook Farm, Ideal Farm, Tree Licious Orchards, and Vacchiano Farm
  • Nutley Farmers’ Market
    • 537 Franklin Ave, Nutley
    • Sundays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. from June to October
    • Approved vendors include Alstede Farms and Asprocola Acres

Visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s website for the latest information on farmer’s markets that accept SFMNP.

Local and Immediate Resources

Bloomfield Health and Human Services

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is at 1 Municipal Plaza, Room 111 in Bloomfield.

The department provides residents access to a variety of social services, including:

  • SNAP
  • WIC
  • Senior food assistance
  • Budgeting services
  • Benefits screening
  • Emergency food access 

Call the Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department at 973-680-4017 from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. for aid and more information.

Food Pantries around Bloomfield

Area food banks and local donations support the food pantries providing free groceries and other household goods.


  • Manna Food Depot at Park United Methodist Church12 Park St. in Bloomfield.
    • Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Providing delivery to residents who are homebound.
  • Presbyterian Church on the Green
    • Church is at 147 Broad St. in Bloomfield but the pantry is around the side of the church at 2 Church St.
    • Wednesdays and Friday from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m and on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m to noon. Confirm their latest hours here.
  • New Light Baptist Church
    • 89 Dewey St. in Bloomfield.
    • Third Monday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Confirm their latest hours here.

East Orange

  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    • 153 Glenwood Ave. in East Orange.
    • Last Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Confirm their latest hours here.


  • Human Needs Food Pantry
    • 9 Label St. in Montclair
    • Open for weekly grocery pickup on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Check their hours online here.
    • The nearest NJ Transit bus station is Park St. and Walnut St., serviced by bus line 28. NJ Transit bus stop Bloomfield Ave. and North Fullerton Ave. is also nearby and is serviced by bus lines 11, 28, 29, and 34.
  • Toni’s Kitchen
    • 3 South Fullerton Ave. in Montclair
    • Open for grocery and meal pick-up throughout the week. Check their hours online here.
    • The nearest NJ Transit bus station is Bloomfield Ave. and North Willow St., serviced by bus lines 11, 28, 29, and 34.

Little Free Food Pantries around Bloomfield

A Little Free Food Pantry is a food kiosk built outside a community building or near a central street stocked with non-perishable food items by volunteers or a community group. Little free food pantries are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are free for all to access.

Below are area little free food pantries.

The little free food pantry at Bloomfield Fire Station No. 3 is maintained by Girl Scout Troop 20340. The remainder are maintained by the Montclair-based Northeast Earth Coalition and its partners.


  • Bloomfield Public Library at 90 Broad St., Bloomfield
  • Brookdale Reformed Church at 10 Bellevue Ave., Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield Fire Station No. 3 at 144 E Passaic Ave., Bloomfield

East Orange

  • Church of The New Covenant, 343 Dodd St., East Orange


  • First Congregational Church at 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair
  • St. Paul Baptist Church, 119 Elm Street St., Montclair
  • Trinity Temple, 115 Greenwood Ave., Montclair
  • Tommy’s Laundromat, 84 Maple Ave., Montclair
  • Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park St., Montclair


  • 106 Viola Ave., Clifton

Bloomfield Farmers Market

The Bloomfield Farmers Market takes place on Tuesday afternoons in the Bloomfield Public Library courtyard at 90 Broad St. between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The 2022 season runs from Jun. 7 to Oct. 25.

Qualifying shoppers can take advantage of the following programs at the Bloomfield Farmers Market:

  • Double SNAP or WIC benefits through New Jersey’s Good Food Bucks
  • Senior Farms Market Nutrition
  • Free-like cash market vouchers of up to $20 available through Bloomfield Health and Human Services table