Family Support

Human Needs Food Pantry
9 Label Street
Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Phone: (973) 746-4669

Contact: Deanna London, Director of Operations

The Human Needs Food Pantry, a nonprofit corporation, provides groceries free of charge to those meeting the federal guidelines for poverty. The Pantry will be relocating from 92 Greenwood Avenue to Label Street so call before visiting. Hours of operation for clients picking up groceries are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:00pm. Hours for dropping off donations are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
46 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-746-1400

Contact: Tia Aery, Executive Director

The Interfaith Hospitality Network provides services to homeless families, with school age

The Interfaith Hospitality Network provides services to homeless families, with school age children, to help them return to housing & gain self-sufficiency. Overnight shelter services are provided in conjunction with local congregations of all faiths. IHN provides shelter, professional support services and housing assistance. Case Management & Supportive Services are provided by staff members. The website is in 15 languages.

New Jersey Dept. of Human Services
NJ FamilyCare for children

Phone: 800 701-0710

The core mission of the NJ Family Care program is to provide health insurance to children who have no insurance. Call for information and/or enrollment packet. Uninsured children who are eligible for the program will continue to be encouraged to apply for NJ FamilyCare, which has the most generous eligibility threshold of any children's health insurance program in the country -- 350 percent of the federal poverty level, $63,350 for a family of four.

Type of service: Health insurance for children
Payment Information: No cost or low cost depending on income.

Salvation Army
13 Trinity Place
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-744-3312

Contact: Major Alastair Bate

The Salvation Army offers a variety of services, including the following:

  • Lunch offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from Noon to 1:00pm.

  • The Cornerstone Homeless Shelter, a 23-bed facility, for individuals and families in transition. After school program for students from ages 7 through 13. Wednesday from 4-7 pm. A meal is provided, along with enrichment activities and help with

  • Trinity Cafe for high school and college students seeking a drug and
    alcohol-free environment. Coffee house that offers music, games, food on the first Friday of the month.

  • A food pantry for emergency situations.

  • Summer day camp.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church
73 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-744-6220

Some of the services that St. Luke's Episcopal Church supplies to the community are:

  • Toni's Kitchen: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11:30am-1:00pm -The door is open for food and hospitality year round.

  • Job Seekers: Wednesdays at 7:30pm. A free service for those entering the job market or making a transition in their employment.

  • Second Time Around Shop (973-744-2517) - open, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Sells gently used clothing and goods.

(Statewide Parents Advocacy Network, Inc.)
35 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 1-800-654-SPAN (7726)

The Mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and other individuals interested in the healthy development and educational rights of children. SPAN's foremost commitment is to children with the greatest need due to disability; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, or language; geographic location; or other special circumstances.

Type of Service: Advocacy group
Payment Information: Free

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is sharing this information as an additional resource for families and communities:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national, federally funded network of local crisis centers providing suicide prevention and

intervention services through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Its mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available crisis center in their area.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) in New Jersey
185 Central Avenue
Suites 505 & 507
East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone: (973) 395-8960

Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children promotes good health in mothers and children by requiring access to health care and providing counseling and supplemental foods that are rich in important nutrients. Must meet certain income requirements based on total gross income and size of family.

Family Support Services Websites

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) creates, evaluates, delivers and disseminates a variety of parenting skill-building programs that are taught in communities in the form of parenting classes, seminars and workshops. The Center- developed programs include its Confident Parenting Program, which is for parents of all cultural backgrounds.

NJHelps is a free and easy way for you to prescreen for 8 programs that are available to help you and your family. NJHelps is private, they do not ask who you are and do not share your information with anyone. NJHelps will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you, after you have answered all the questions. The following programs are available, if you quality: Food Stamps, Medicaid (Health Insurance), NJ FamilyCare (Health Insurance), Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP ,Work First New Jersey (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance), New Jersey Cares for Kids (Child Care Assistance, Kinship Navigator Program (Assistance for Relative Caregivers.)

This web site of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Links include children's health topics, immunization information, car safety seat information, obesity, breastfeeding, advocacy resources and books on parenting.

Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ is a website ( sponsored by the COPE Center, that offers Essex County, NJ families a comprehensive source of information about events, programs, and resources. Focusing on local resources, it is a family's first stop to find up-to-date parenting advice, the go-to website to find parenting works and programs that parents need to navigate the challenges of 21st-Century parents in a world bombarded with information.

The Essex Prevention Coalition is dedicated to targeting and preventing underage drinking and substance abuse in Essex County. The website contains news events, and current resources for parents , youth, educators and treatment professionals.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Marijuana Facts that Parents Need to Know

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' tool kit for talking to your children about alcohol and drug abuse.

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