Emergency Services

during Covid-19

Updated 4/21/21 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the IFPO is not distributing food on Wednesday mornings at the Church of the Epiphany & Christ Church. The IFPO is now serving registered clients by appointment only out of a different Orange location. Registered IFPO clients with a pantry card who wish to make an appointment to pick up food: please email IFPOranges@gmail.com or call/text 973-856-4000.  Please include your name, address, cell phone number, and IFPO card number.




The IFPO also 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.


If you are not currently a registered IFPO client, please see the area options below for food assistance. You may also email email IFPOranges@gmail.com or call/text 973-856-4000. Spanish speakers call 908-280-9160 or 908-643-7425. Haitian Creole speakers 609-718-6062.


The IFPO is continually updating this page as we learn of emergency response programs.

NEW: TODAY - Free, confidential Covid testing by the NJ Department of Health will be available to IFPO clients and volunteers at IFPO, 357 S. Jefferson Street, Orange,  Wednesday April 21 - from 8 am - 1 pm. No appointment is necessary, no insurance is required for this saliva PCR test. Antibody testing is not available. You should not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for half an hour before the test is administered. Questions? Email IFPOranges@gmail.com or call/text 973.856.4000; en español: 908.643.7425

Coronavirus Vaccinations -

IMPORTANT VACCINE ELIGIBILITY UPDATE: Anyone 16 years of age and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


FEMA Community Vaccination Center at NJIT's Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility, corner of Lock St. & Bleeker St. in Newark, is taking appointments only (no walk in). 8 am - 8 pm for eligible individuals. 6,000 appointments available each day.

-----To make an appointment, visit covidvaccinenj.gov or call 855-568-0545.


General Information about scheduling vaccine appointments, order of vaccinations, cost (free or insurance coverage accepted), and locations to receive vaccinations can be found here.

Essex County residents: If you think you may be currently eligible, please go to https://www.essexcovid.org/ or call 973 877 8456 to register. Registration for later vaccination opportunities is now available at covidvaccine.nj.gov.

  • Vaccines available NOW to eligible NJ residents - locations in Orange, East Orange, Newark and Irvington. Details here. Call 973-323-3669 for an appointment

  • ​CVS Pharmacy: COVID vaccines are available at no cost for seniors at a CVS near you. Call 8am to 8pm for easy scheduling at 855-287-3456.

HELP GETTING VACCINES: Scroll down to bottom of page for information.


NEW:  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. 

Emergency Food Pantries & Food Distributions
SNAP/Food Stamps
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 - 12:00, Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange. Open to residents of Oranges and/or referrals from an approved agency. Bring ID​.​​​​​ IFPO clients show IFPO ID card.


  • Essex County Thursday Food Distribution - Walk up only. Thursday April 22.  9 a.m. Essex County Independence Park Van Buren Street., Newark.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Saturday April 24, 8 am to 11 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 Residents
  • Our Lady of the Valley Church, 510 Valley St., Orange. Takeaway Meal, 9 - 11:30 am. Monday - Saturday. 

  • The City of Orange perishable food distribution:   234 Lincoln Avenue (between Jackson Street and Central Avenue).  Usually Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 - 2 .


  • Orange Residents in need of delivery call Mayor Warren's hotline: 973-280-1621.

  • ORANGE SCHOOL DISTRICT GRAB AND GO MEALS: Packaged ‘Grab-and-Go’ breakfast and lunch during all virtual/remote phases of the 2020-2021 school year, at no cost to families, from 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Details here. 

  • City of Orange seniors and families with children can call the City at 973-280-1621.


East Orange Residents
  • Monthly Produce distribution Sunday May 16, 37 Evergreen Place, East Orange. 11 am. Details here. 
  • Food Distribution East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted St., 9 am. Drive through or walk up. Next date TBA.
  • Food Distribution Wednesdays  for residents - Third Ward Community Center, 120 Rhode Island Ave. 5 pm. Walk ups only.  Wednesday evenings at 5 pm.​ Date TBD. 
  • East Orange Office of Emergency Management, 402 Springdale Ave, East Orange. Next Date TBD. 11 am. East Orange residents only with photo ID. Drive through or walk-up.​​ Details here.​​
  • Joi's Angel food pantry, 114 S. Arlington Ave., 9 am - 12 pm. Third and Fourth Thursday of each month. Third Thursday is also diaper pantry for children up to age 3 (bring birth certificate)]. Details here. 
  • East Orange Residents of all ages: Grab & Go Meals, Monday-Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle.


  • East Orange Pandemic Rental Assistance available. Details here.

  • Free tax preparation for residents with gross income under $64,000. Feb. 1 - April 30. Details here.


West Orange Residents
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 - 12:00, Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange. Bring ID. ​​​​​

  • Contact West Orange Department of Senior Services, 973-325-4105​​

South Orange Residents
  • Saturday, April 24, 8 am to 11 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.​

  • If your family needs additional food support,  email kweiland@somsd.k12.nj.us, or phone the Parenting Center 973-762-5600, X1850, leaving a message that repeats your phone number twice.​

​Newark Residents
  • Newark Public School Students, Breakfast and Lunch Programs, click here to view.​

Irvington Residents
  • Church Women United, 1240 Clinton Ave., Irvington. Every Wednesday 11-3. Irvington residents only.

      Must wear a mask and gloves and bring an ID.

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​ ​​
  • For IFPO clients and volunteers at IFPO, 357 S. Jefferson Street, Orange, on Wednesday April 21 from 8 am - 1 pm.  Further details above. 
  • Free ​Essex County Covid 19 testing for age 8 and up.  To make an appointment, visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456. ​800 tests available each day. ​​



  • 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. 

       Need Assistance Scheduling Your Covid Vaccine?

  • The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is offering assistance in scheduling the Covid vaccine. If you are an Essex County resident over age 65 and would like assistance scheduling to receive your Covid vaccine, please contact Laurie Schuftan from NCJW laurieschuftan@gmail.com or at 973-271-1600 to be paired with a volunteer to help you register for an appointment. 

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