State Food Purchase Program [SFPP] designed to distribute free healthy and nutritious state donated food to feed people affected by hunger. (http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/fooddistrib/foodpurchaseprogram.html)
The Emergency Food Assistance Program [TEFAP] was designed to distribute free federally donated food to eligible, needy persons throughout the country. (http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/fooddistrib/tefap.html)
Summer Food Service Program [SFSP] provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. (http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/childadult/summer_food.html)
School Breakfast and Lunch is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Its goal is to provide a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast and lunch for children in order to promote sound eating habits, to foster good health and academic achievement and to reinforce the nutrition education taught in the classroom. (http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/fn/childadult/school.html)
Women, Infants and Children [WIC] provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. (http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. The new name reflects the changes we’ve made to meet the needs of our clients, including a focus on nutrition and an increase in benefit amounts.
New Jersey helps (NJhelps) is a one-stop shopping resource for a wide range of programs. Take a few minutes to find out if you qualify for the following nutrition assistance programs as well as other state and federal programs that can help you find food, housing, employment, child care, health insurance, prescriptions, and much more. You can pre-screen for a number of programs including SNAP/food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) & General Assistance (GA). Click here to complete the online application.
Founded as an agency in 1982, a coalition of concerned ecumenical congregations, designed Let’s Celebrate to help satisfy the overwhelming need for emergency food services in Jersey City, New Jersey. In the early 1980’s the number of homeless and hungry people far outnumbered public food pantries and soup kitchens, creating a population without access to one of their basic needs; food. We have since broadened the scope of our community services to address the root causes of hunger by combining a comprehensive framework of ancillary support services including nutrition assistance, financial education and planning, supportive housing, affordable housing and social service support.
We are a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization so all contributions are tax deductible at limits designated by state and federal law.