ABOUT US

The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (IFPO) is a “client choice” food pantry that provides supplemental and emergency food, diapers and toiletries to low-income individuals and families. The IFPO primarily assists residents of Orange and East Orange, NJ. IFPO is an all-volunteer, collaborative effort of four religious congregations in Short Hills and South Orange, New Jersey— Christ Church in Short HillsCongregation Beth ElCongregation B’nai Jeshurun, and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. The pantry is housed in the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange.

IFPO is one of only a few food pantries in New Jersey that offer client choice. Client choice means that our clients have more of a grocery store experience, where clients are allocated “points,” based on family size, to select their own food, rather than receiving a pre-packaged bag of groceries. This process encourages healthy choices while also serving clients with dignity and respect. Under this system, clients do not receive food that they don’t like or cannot eat for health or personal reasons.

Click for detailed information on IFPO’s client choice program.

IFPO has been serving the Orange and East Orange communities for 25 years, growing tremendously from a small group that initially served 20-30 clients per week. In 2018, IFPO had nearly 11,000 pantry visits, cumulatively serving 35,700 people. IFPO averaged 275 clients per week. Fully 43 percent of recipients are children.

Special Offerings

The IFPO is committed to offering weekly choices of fresh vegetables and fruit. A Community FoodBank of NJ pilot program literally brings us pallets of produce once a month. Our original produce initiative began thanks largely to an Alleluia Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. During the growing season, the pantry is able to provide additional produce donated by CSAs, such as the Farm & Fork Society, local community gardens, and the Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center. The IFPO is also grateful for monthly produce donations from Arturo's and the Winston School eighth graders.

 

At least once a month, IFPO offers toiletries partially funded through a grant from The Good People Fund. We also periodicially offer toiletries donated by IFPO partners and individual supporters. Clients greatly appreciate this option, as personal hygiene items are not eligible under SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps).

Feminine hygiene products have also been a well appreciated offering of the IFPO. Products were initially offered on a monthly basis recently through a pilot initiative (the "Period.Project") of the NCJW/Essex,  and are now offered in part under the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Period Initiative in partnership with the The National Diaper Bank Network and the Alliance For Period SuppliesGirls Helping Girls. Period twice provided a year's supply of feminine hygiene products to clients. The IFPO recently announced a new partnership with GHGP whereby they have committed to financial support of a program that will offer IFPO clients feminine hygiene products on a monthly basis, ensuring that none ever has to go without these basic necessities.

The IFPO assists new parents through our Diaper Program, distributing about 13,000 diapers, wipes and diaper cream monthly.  IFPO has provided diapers to 358 babies this year. This program is sponsored in part by funds from the Bass Foundation and Susan Sommer Fund for Social Justice, and recently has had tremendous support by a number of diaper angels as well as diaper drives done on our behalf. The IFPO is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, which distributes diapers to low income families. The IFPO Diaper Program is a tremendous help to families, as diapers and baby care products are also ineligible under SNAP.

The World Wide Orphans (WWO) visit the pantry weekly to bring their Element of Play Toy Library, a program developed to bring psychosocial change and rehabilitate communities in areas of extreme poverty and disaster.

The IFPO is participating in a pilot initiative called "Food, Health & Hope: An Answer to Diabetes" sponsored by the Summit Medical Group Foundation  and the Community FoodBank of NJ. In 2018, 42 pantry clients received extra healthy food and produce as well as nutrition education twice a month. Read more about this program in our News section, and watch this informative video: https://www.pbs.org/video/summit-medical-and-community-foodbank-nj-battle-diabetes-nrh/.

Volunteers from the World Wide Orphan bring their Element of Play Toy Library to the pantry weekly.

Affiliations

The IFPO is a member of MEND, Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, an interfaith hunger relief network of 17 Essex County food pantries (click here for list of all MEND pantries). The IFPO serves the most clients of all participating pantries in MEND’s anti-hunger network. MEND has been providing emergency food to people in crisis since 1980. The IFPO benefits from MEND include communal sharing of information and advocacy, as well as bulk distributions of food, ShopRite gift cards to purchase produce and pantry basics, and the Summer Hunger Busters program.

The IFPO is also a partner agency of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America. IFPO purchases a significant amount of food through CFBNJ at rates significantly below market levels.

The pantry also participates in the New Jersey State Food Purchase Program (SFPP), which distributes funds for the purchase of healthy and nutritious foods to feed people affected by hunger. In 2017, IFPO received 23,225 pounds of food from SFPP at no charge. 

 

It takes a tremendous amount of local community support to keep IFPO operating. Some examples of partners, sponsors and donors are below. Please note this is an ever-evolving list.

Partners & Sponsors

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Contact us:

IFPOranges@gmail.com

P.O. Box 341

Short Hills, NJ  07078

Find us: 

Pantry Location:

105 Main Street, Orange, NJ 07050