Couponing For a Cause: List of Food Banks & Shelters Accepting Donations

As we save so much money for ourselves and our families, we as couponers, are able to provide for others with our ability to purchase products for free or near free.  I’d like to call it “Couponing For a Cause”.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”    ~Mother Teresa

So thanks to all of you that contributed to this great list of Food Banks & Shelters.  Please feel free to leave more in the comments and the list will be updated.

Early next week, I will have a quick link on the right sidebar of the site so you can access it easily.


Asbury Park, NJ:

Bayville, NJ:

  • Faith Community United Methodist Church
    Hours: Tuesdays 9-11 am and 4-6 PM

Beachwood, NJ:

Bridgewater, NJ:

Caldwell, NJ:

  • The Caldwell Food Pantry
    Hours: Monday 4-6PM
    Tuesday and Wednesday 11-2
    they will take any items especially paper products, tissues, toilet paper etc

Cherry Hill Food Bank:

  • Cherry Hill Food Bank
    Chapel Ave. (behind and affiliated with St. Michael’s Church
  • JCC
    Springdale and Kresson Rds

East Hanover, NJ:

Clifton, NJ:

Clinton, NJ:

  • Open Cupboard Food Pantry
    37 Old Highway 22
    (908) 730-7320
    They also operate a thrift store to benefit the Food Pantry.

Egg Harbor Twp:

Hillsborough, NJ:

Hillside, NJ:

Lakewood, NJ:

Millburn, NJ:

Morris County, NJ:

Morristown, NJ:

  • Community Soup Kitchen
    They accept food, personal care items, and anything to help the homeless keep warm – long underwear, sleeping bags, etc
  • The Interfaith Food Pantry
    (973) 538-8049
    540a West Hanover Avenue
    Morristown, N.J. 07960
    Open for donation drop off Monday to Thursday, 9:00 to 4:30pm.

Pennsauken, NJ:

Prospect Park, NJ:

  • New Hope Community Ministries
    Serves Prospect Park & Haledon, NJ
    Has a food bank that serves it’s clients twice a month with a unique points system. Part of receiving food is a mentoring program.

Scotch Plains, NJ:

  • St. Bartholomew’s Church

Toms River, NJ:

  • Hunger Relief
  • Harbor House
    It is a safe haven for youth. They take donations relevant to younger people/teenagers.

Trenton/Lawrenceville, NJ:

Vernon, NJ:

Voorhees, NJ:

  • HOPE United Methodist Church
    700 Cooper Road
    They have a food bank that feeds several local families on a weekly basis.
    They need toiletries, diapers and wipes, and food. And in addition to donating to local people in the area they also donate to boys from urban areas who come to visit periodically.
    Open wed evenings, 7-9, thursday mornings and saturday mornings.
    They also have a thrift shop of clothes, if you donate clothes you get a 50% off coupon off your next purchase.

Winslow Township, NJ:

Wrightstown, NJ:

  • Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church
    42 Chesterfield Jacobstown Road

Zarephath, NJ:

Various Locations, NJ:

  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service
    Contact them via the phone number on the website for the drop-off location in your area. They take food, household items, cleaning items, OTC medications, health & beauty aids, baby items, batteries – just about anything but clothing or furniture! On the website, click “Help JBWS” – then click “Contributions Wish List” to see the complete list of what they accept.
  • Cattitude, Inc a New Jersey Non-Profit Animal Rescue & Adoption Corporation.  Accepts donations for cats and dogs.



Albany, NY:

Delmar, NY:

  • Kitten Angels
    154 Delaware Ave
    (518) 533-4904
    They are a non profit (501c3) organization which rescues abandoned, neglected and abused animals. They rehabilitate them, get them age appropriate vaccines and adopt them out to loving, forever homes.

Islip, NY:

  • The Presbyterian Church of Islip
    340 Main Street
    Has a food pantry.  Food donations are accepted when the thrift store is open on Monday and Thursday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.



Bensalem, PA:

Chester, PA:

Collegeville, PA:

  • St James Episcopal Church
    3768 Germantown Pike
    Has an outreach house supporting almost 100 families. They take food, clothing, and household items.

Hollidaysburg PA:

Morrisville, PA:

  • Holy Trinity Church
    Third Sunday of every month is grocery drop off during mass, or you can contact the rectory for other arrangements. They run a food bank for the local residents in need.

Philadelphia, PA:



Milford, DE:

Newark, DE:

Wilmington, DE:

  • Sunday Breakfast Mission
    An Overnight Shelter for homeless men and work with families in crisis. They cannot accept donations of anything containing any alcohol content (like mouthwash or cold medicine)



Bridgeport, CT:

Brookfield, CT:

  • St Joseph Church
    163 Whisconier Road
    (203) 775-1035

Milford, CT:

  • United Way of Milford
    Oversees 22 partner agencies in Milford – if you can’t find a place near you call your local United Way



Indianapolis, IN:



St. Louis, MO:

  • Feed My People
    Kingston Road
    Accepts donations of food and personal care items.
  • Bi State Pet Food Pantry
    collects pets food and other pet supplies to be donated to needy families so they can keep their pets – donation bins are located in most St Louis area Petco stores.
  • Kirkwood United Methodist Church
    at Adams and Clay
    Drop off food items in the donations room weekdays during office hours or on Sunday morning.




  • During the month of March, the Girl Scouts run Baby Bundles where they collect new unopened baby care items, clothing & baby food to donate to local charities and woman’s shelters. Contact your local chapter offices for more details about where to drop off items.
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  • Kristine

    Cindy, can you add one to the list?

    My Church is a slowly growing /expanding it’s food pantry. Currently they are open Tuesdays 9-11 am and 4-6 PM. It is Faith Community United Methodist Church in Bayville, NJ, I drop off donations there weekly based on whatever extra free items I am able to pick up.

  • MillburnLaura

    I donate to the Millburn Red Cross, in Essex County. They rely entirely on donations from neighbors, school projects etc.

  • Jennifer Trenton Soup Kitchen My office has been doing a coat drive collection, and we donated over 100 coats just before Christmas. They also accept food donations as well.

  • Tania

    The Ronald McDonald Houses around the country accept donations of toiletries, food, & toys (new only, for siblings staying at the houses).

  • Beth

    Here’s the link for the Sicklerville United Methodist Church. The church has a food pantry.

    • Beth

      forgot the town: Winslow Township, NJ

  • nikki

    Does anyone know of any in burlington county nj? I know catholic charities, but I would like to spread it around.

    • Melissa B.

      Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church in Jacobstown has a food pantry. You can drop off food anytime there is a white collection box. They are opened on Wednesday night so you could drop off. Or even Sunday mornings. (Not sure whether it is in Burlington County, but if not it is on the border of Ocean and Burlington.)

      Address is:

      42 Chesterfield Jacobstown Road
      Wrightstown, NJ 08562-2101

  • James

    We got our little bundle of puppy joy, Bailey, from Cattitude, Inc. a small rescue group in Central NJ. They are a non-profit group that fosters all of the dogs and cats they rescue. People volunteer to take in the animals untila permanent home is found. often, they rely on donations to help supplement the cost of caring for these animals. Their website,, has a listing of the animals they need to find a good home for. They are at the Petco in Piscataway every Saturday afternoon and would appreciate ANY treats, food and toys you could donate. Tomorrow, we will be taking our nearly free Crunch N Clean treats we got at Target this week.

  • Emily

    Thanks for all informations.

  • steph

    this is awesome cindy!!!



  • maz

    Please add Delaware Food Bank to your list.. not sure how that got overlooked.

  • Paige

    Just wanted to say thanks for making this list. I live in camden county and wanted to donate but when I did a google search I only came up with places in Camden and I didn’t want to drive into camden. Now I can donate some extras to people in need. Thanks again.

  • Some Somerset County NJ ones are listed here:

    In addition, there’s a full list of NJ counties here – you can then click on the individual county for its list:

  • Also just saw the Baby Bundles reference — I know here in Somerset County the various organizations collection and then give it to the United Way (

    Somerset County United Way also does what I believe is a national drive in August called “Stuff the Bus” where they collect school supplies:

    We normally collect for both through our MOMS Club chapter.

  • Here’s another in Toms River:
    First Baptist Church of Toms River 700 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753

  • CJ

    Another St Louis MO area donation site – Kirkwood United Methodist Church at Adams and Clay. Drop off food items in the donations room weekdays during office hours or join us on Sunday morning.

  • Jason

    Any in Stamford, CT?

    • MJC

      Neighbor to Neighbor serves Port Chester, Greenwich and Stamford. It’s a great, well-run organization. They have both a food and clothing pantry.

      Drop off location:
      Christ Church Annex
      248 E. Putnam Avenue
      Greenwich, CT 06830
      Hours M-F (and most Saturdays) 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • angela

    Does anyone know of any for New York or Queens, NY, besides the City Harvest and the Food Bank? I always donate to the City Harvest but they only accept food. I’m trying to find a place that accepts non-food items as well plus a company that would pick up the donations (City Harvest picks up if you have 50lbs or more).

    Thanks, love this idea Cindy.

  • Patti M

    SO great! Thanks, Cindy!

  • Stacey

    How Wonderful! In two weeks, I will be on 6ABC, Philly/South Jersey, talking about how we receive coupons as church donations and then use them to buy cheap/free food/products to give away to two West Philly women’s shelters.

    Remember to talk with your tax consultant, but giving away food can be a serious tax deduction/write off on your tax return if you itemize. We aim for around $4,000 in food value a year. This usually costs us $300-400 out of pocket.

    It’s a new year, so get more, give more and have more.

  • Lauren

    Libertae in Bensalem, PA. It’s a halfway house for women with children. They always need toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc).

  • Barbara

    Thanks for the list, Cindy. My own church has a very small food pantry, but I never knew where to bring free toiletries and baby needs.

    By the way, the Open Food Cupboard is in CLINTON, not Clifton.

  • kristen

    St Joseph Church in Brookfield, CT collects donations for local food banks.

    163 Whisconier Road
    Brookfield, CT 06804-3441
    (203) 775-1035

  • cris

    Also, in South Jersey, you can drop off to the JCC at Springdale and Kresson Rds; and Cherry Hill Food Bank on Chapel Ave. (behind and affiliated with ST. Michael’s Church, and there is also a South Jersey Food Bank in Pennsauken. Google to find even more!

  • Michele

    Anyone know of places in NE Philadelphia?

  • LizP

    It may be on Sue M’s list, but the Food Bank Network of Somerset County is where I donate. Super easy — just drive on up and unload. It is right off Route 22 in Bridgewater, NJ.

  • Coleen

    Any ideas on food banks or Women shelters on Long Island, NY?

  • They have an outreach house supporting almost 100 families. They take food, hba,clothing, and household items.

  • Melissa

    The Presbyterian Church of Islip
    (340 Main Street
    Islip, NY 11751
    Phone: 631-581-1080) has a food pantry
    Food donations are accepted when the thrift store is open on Monday and Thursday between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

    The food donations given at the Stop and Shop in East Islip also go to the food pantry.

  • denise

    This website has a list of all the food pantries in Sussex County.

  • Cassie

    St. Mary’s Church in Milford on Gulf Street has a food bank of their own. They take formula, too! There’s also a “Kids’ Closet” where they take new & gently used children’s clothing & gear.

  • Amy

    Please add the Food Bin Ministry at Sayrewoods Bible Church on Route 9 in Old Bridge, NJ (Middlesex County)


  • patti

    Another site to donate in Indiana…Community Kitchen in Bloomington IN

  • Jennifer

    Lincoln County Cupboard in Elsberry, Missouri would love donations from couponers. Address is 456 N. Main St. Rear.

  • Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is always looking for nonperishable food items and toiletries for our community members in need. Please add us to the list! 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or 609-822-1108. Our pantry is open M-F 8 am – 5 pm daily.

  • Teresa

    The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry and Feeding Program desperately needs donations. They are located at 1005 E. Jersey St. in Elizabeth.
    Please consider donating non-perishable items like: canned goods, cereal, baby food/dry formula, diapers, large cans of vegetables, rice, pasta, soups, and paper goods. Long shelf-life milk is in desperate need, along with such protein as eggs, chicken, meats and peanut butter. All items may be delivered to: 1005 East Jersey Street in Elizabeth daily between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Kim White

    The Pitman Pantry in Pitman Nj is always in need of food. Especially protein like meat, peanut butter, canned meals and soup.