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295 Old Closter Dock Road    ♦     Closter, New Jersey 07624    ♦    201-784-0600

 
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Food and Assistance Board

(Sun Apr 19, 2020)

FOOD & ASSISTANCE BOARD

COVID-19 UPDATE 

With the closure of public access to Borough Hall, we have had to make some changes but, rest assured, the Closter Food Pantry remains open to serve families in need.  In an effort to minimize the spread of germs, we are NOT currently accepting food donations but would encourage our supporters to make financial donations so that we can ensure our shelves remain stocked and we can continue to feed our neighbors.  Financial donations can be in the form of grocery store gift cards, cash or check and can be either dropped off 24/7 in the Borough Hall lockbox (ground floor vestibule) or can be mailed to the Food & Assistance Board at 295 Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ 07624.  Currently, online donations cannot be made.

This pandemic is impacting all food pantries nationwide and we are no exception.  While most of our clients prior to March were employed, many have already been laid off.  New families are coming to us regularly as unemployment figures continue to skyrocket.  We expect the need to continue to grow as families use their cash on hand to get by as along as possible and then come to us as a last resort, attempting to remain independent for as long as possible.   We ask for your continued support at this very challenging time and we thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting your neighbors in this wonderful community.

If you find yourself in need, we are here to help.  Please don't hesitate to reach out via email (fabofcloster@gmail.com) or by phone (201.784.0600 Ext 429) and leave a message.  We will hold your information in strictest confidence and work to provide assistance as quickly as possible.

 

The Food & Assistance Board (FAB) of Closter is a volunteer committee of appointed members, responsible for providing support to families in the Closter community who may have fallen on difficult times and are in need.  This support is delivered primarily through the services of the  Closter Food Pantry (CFP) , a privately-funded core initiative of FAB that relies 100% on the generous donations of local individuals, groups, businesses, houses of worship and schools.

The  Closter Food Pantry  is located on the ground floor of the Borough Hall across from the elevator and is  open to residents once a month  during evening hours.  Weekly disbursements of fresh bread, bagels and seasonal produce are also made, along with special provisions at the holidays.  Please check the FAB bulletin board in Borough Hall for specific dates and times.

Anyone looking to  donate cash, checks or grocery store gift cards  to the Closter Food Pantry can either mail the donation to Closter FAB at 295 Closter Dock Road or stop by the Tax Office window during business hours to receive a receipt.  Donations can also be left in the after-hours drop box located in the Ground Floor lobby.   

Community members looking to  donate non-perishable food or other grocery items  may do so by depositing the items in the CFP grocery cart, located on the Ground Floor near the elevators.  Please check to ensure the Best By date has not expired and that the item is unopened.  If you wish to have your donation recognized in the newsletter, simply leave a note in each bag with your name and mailing address OR email us directly to let us know.

If your family, employer, religious group, athletic team or other community organization would like to  host a food drive , please contact us at  fabofcloster@gmail.com  for more information and helpful resources.

Never donated to a Food Pantry before?  Not sure what to give?   Click here to check our list of items always needed to keep the Closter Food Pantry shelves full.  Donations of any of these items are very much appreciated.

Wondering what we need the most?   We publish an electronic newsletter on a regular basis which not only highlights those who support us but it also identifies those things we currently need most.   Click here to see our latest CFP Newsletter and find out what items we need most .   

Although food is the primary initiative of the Food & Assistance Board, we occasionally have the opportunity to provide families in need with new and gently-used household items through the generous donations of families and organizations within our community.  Please contact us directly to see if any of our clients are currently in need of the item(s) you are looking to donate.  We can arrange pickup.   Please do not leave household items in Borough Hall .

For all questions, please email us directly at  FABofCloster@gmail.com  or call (201) 784-0600 extension 429 for more information.  All inquiries are received in complete confidence. 

The Food & Assistance Board of Closter is sponsoring its Seventh Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Registration forms will be available online in mid-September. 

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