Emergency Services

during Covid-19

Updated 8/16/2021

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the IFPO is now serving clients at 357 S. Jefferson Street, Orange. We are longer distributing food at the Church of the Epiphany & Christ Church. The IFPO is open Wednesday mornings, except the first Wednesday of the month.




If you are not currently a registered IFPO client, and reside in East Orange, Orange or West Orange, please email IFPOranges@gmail.com or call/text 973-856-4000 before coming to pantry. Spanish speakers call 908-280-9160 or 908-643-7425. Haitian Creole speakers 609-718-6062.


The services and programs listed below are not run by the IFPO. These services are offered by other state, local and non-profit community groups. The IFPO is continually updating this page as we learn of emergency response programs.



Additional Food Resources can be found at:

The IFPO is working with the townships of Orange and East Orange to get significant quantities of food into the community. Please see information below and check back regularly for updates.

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 - 12:00, Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange. ** Open to residents of Orange and those with referrals from an approved agency. Bring ID. IFPO clients, show IFPO card.

  • Monday -Saturday, 9:00 - 11:30, Our Lady of the Valley Church, 510 Valley St., Orange. Takeaway Meal

Monday -Friday, 11:00 - 3:00, Grab & Go Meals for East Orange residents, Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle, **East Orange residents only.

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 - 12:00, Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange. ** 

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 -2:00, City of Orange Food Distribution, 234 Lincoln Avenue (between Jackson Street and Central Avenue).  Produce-only distribution on Mondays at 10:00.  ** Orange Residents Only.  

  • Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00, Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle (Greenwood Ave.)  Details here.  ** East Orange residents only.

  • Wednesdays, 11:00 -3:00, Church Women United, 1240 Clinton Ave., Irvington. **Irvington residents only. Must wear mask and gloves and bring ID.

  • Third & Fourth Thursday of the Month, 9:00 -12:00, Joi's Angel Food Pantry, 114 S. Arlington Avenue, East Orange. Third Thursday is also diaper pantry for children up to age 3 (bring birth certificate). ** East Orange residents only​​


  • Saturdays, 11:00 - 1:30, Free bagged lunch and groceries, Emergency food pantry of Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, 105 Main Street, Orange. Rain or shine in the Church parking lot.

  • Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:00, Christine's Kitchen, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Main Street, West Orange. Free bagged lunch to go. All are welcome.

  • Saturday, August 28, 8:00 - 11:00 AM, Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry. 4th St (btw Prospect & Academy), South Orange. Vehicles can pull up to the area marked with cones and pop the trunk to receive a full bag.​​


  • City of Orange seniors, families with children, or those in need of delivery can call the City at 973-280-1621.

SNAP ASSISTANCE AND OTHER BENEFIT ASSISTANCE: Call the Community FoodBank of NJ Resource Access Team. 1-908-838-4831 Monday through Friday from 8AM - 5 PM

City of Orange Residents

  • Backpacks available with pre-registration by Aug. 20. Event date: Aug. 31, 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Central Playground, Orange. Details here


Covid Vaccinations

Federal law makes the vaccine totally free. You will not be billed. There are no co-payments. 

Anyone over the age of 12 who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is eligible to be vaccinated – regardless of immigration or insurance status.

Help scheduling vaccines is available to anyone on pantry days. Ask at Registration. 

You can enter your zip code for vaccine availability and locations at this link: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder.

Upcoming Vaccination Events:

Essex County's mobile clinic. No Appointment needed.

---KMart, Prospect Ave., West Orange. New: Monday through Saturday 9 am - 5 pm. Walk in. Check here for more information.

---Booster shots now available for those with compromised immune systems. Details here.

Every Wednesday at Central Ave and Old Sanford Street, East Orange, 10 am - 2 pm. Details here. 18 years +. Moderna or J&J. Walk in available but pre-registration advised. 

THIS Wednesday Aug. 18 at IFPO pantry (2nd shot Wednesday Sept. 8). Sign up at IFPO on  8/11. 

Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School, Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up. Tuesday August 31, 2021 from 2-6 PM (second dose administered on September 21, 2021 from 3 -7 PM).  Register by Aug. 20 at https://www.woboe.org/vaccineclinic. 

Text your zipcode to 438829 for a list of vaccine locations near you.

You can schedule an appointment on www.essexcovid.org or https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder and see vaccine availability.  

Please check https://covid19.nj.gov/ for additional guidance.  

Free or discounted rides available to vaccine sites wherever Uber or Lyft services available. Available to everyone, including those with collapsible wheelchairs or walkers. Personal aides welcome to ride along. Dial 211 to arrange.or https://www.uber.com/us/en/coronavirus/ or https://www.lyft.com/vaccine-access. ​​

Emergency Food Pantries & Food Distributions​​

Rental and Housing Assistance

  • New Jersey Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Applicants can seek 12 months of rental assistance, paying for rent arrears incurred since March 13, 2020, and potentially for future rent payments. Eligible residents must be 18 or older, qualify for unemployment or seen a loss in income relating to the coronavirus pandemic, show a risk of housing instability, and have a household income below 80% of the median area income. Information here.

  • Housing Assistance is available to renters, landlords and homeowners. Call 888-691-3002 or visit www.Housing HelpNJ.org. Details here. 

Covid Testing​

  • Wednesday Aug. 18 at IFPO pantry ​​

  •  Free ​Essex County Covid 19 testing for age 8 and up.  To make an appointment, visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456.

  • KMart, Prospect Ave., West Orange. Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk in. County residents 8 and older.

  •    Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Essex County College, 177 West Market Street, Newark


  • Drive-thru testing at 523 Park Avenue, Orange. Monday - Sunday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm. Saliva test preferred but nose or throat tests available. For questions contact Salerno Medical Associates at 973-268-4319..​


  • Free Covid Testing every Monday. 11 am - 6 pm, St. Matthew AME Church, 338 Oakwood Ave., Orange. No appointment needed. Details here.


  • Help scheduling vaccines is available to IFPO clients on pantry days. Ask at Registration. 

  • A vaccine call center to help New Jersey residents, especially seniors, get a COVID-19 vaccination appointment is now live. The center is staffed with 250 agents from 8 am - 8 pm. Call 855-568-0545. 

  • Additional option to help you get a vaccine or get transportation to a vaccine site: details here.


COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Benefits:

Financial assistance for actual funeral costs up to $9,000 may now be available for Covid-related deaths (as indicated on death certificate) in the US. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. There is no requirement for the decedent to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. Details here. 

Covid-19 Crisis Counseling Services​
  • Free remote services available for individuals, families, and youth in multiple languages. Details here.

        Spanish details here.

Coronavirus Information

  • New Jersey Dept. of Health  - Covid19 information hub: click here.

  • NJ Coronavirus questions call: 211

* Programs listed on this page are NOT run by the IFPO. All information is based on information the IFPO found on local websites including the City of Orange Township, Orange Township Public Schools, East Orange, and West Orange public school, MEND webpages, or their related Facebook pages. We have not verified locations and times. Please check before visiting as things are changing rapidly.