Emergency Services

during Covid-19


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 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 check back regularly for updates. 


If you are not currently a registered IFPO client, please see the area options below for food assistance. The IFPO is continually updating this page as we learn of emergency response programs.

​​Emergency Food Pantries & Food Distributions​​


  • 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 Food Distribution every Thursday at 9 am. Boxes contain food for 40 meals. Thursday Dec. 10,  TBA.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 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.​

  • 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. Clients can pick-up groceries twice a month.​​​​

  • Sunday Meal: Dec. 13, 1:00 - 2:00. Sunday meals (and more) on designated dates, St. Matthew AME Church, 336 Oakwood Ave, Orange. Details here. ​ 

  • Dec. 20: Produce distribution for all residents of the Oranges beginning at 11 am. 37 Evergreen Place, East Orange. Details here. 

City of Orange Residents​​​​​
  • Winter Coat Giveaway. Sat. Dec. 12, 10 am - 1 pm. Details here.
  • The City of Orange generally distributes food on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 - 2 at 234 Lincoln Avenue. Between Jackson Street and Central Avenue. Orange Residents in need of delivery call Mayor Warren's hotline: 973-280-1621. Details here.


  • ORANGE SCHOOL DISTRICT GRAB AND GO MEALS: The District will continue to provide 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
  • East Orange Residents of all ages: Grab & Go Meals, Monday-Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle.

  • Every Wednesday, Office of Emergency Management, 402 Springdale Avenue, Grab N' Go Lunches, and Fresh Produce distributed starting at 12:00 pm while supplies last! Dec. 9 Details here. ​​

  • East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street, East Orange, next distribution TBD.East Orange residents only with photo ID. Drive through or walk-up.​​​ ​Call 973-266-8832 for more information.​

  • After school program with snacks and dinner. Four locations Oct. 13 - Dec. 22, 3 - 6 pm. Details here


  • East Orange Pandemic Rental Assistance  available. Details here.


West Orange Residents

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

South Orange Residents
  • School lunch program  SOMSD Fall 2020 Grab and Go lunch program. Details here. Books, groceries, toiletries, masks, and school and art supplies are available at program locations.   
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 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.

SNAP/Food Stamps

Coronavirus Testing​ ​​

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

       Now on a set schedule: Mondays​ in West Orange, Tuesdays in Newark, Wednesdays in Cedar Grove, Thursdays in Fairfield, Fridays in Newark, Saturdays in West Orange.

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


Childcare Assistance - Last few days to apply!


  Families with income up to $150,000 per year, can now apply for child care tuition assistance from the State of NJ to help with care for children who have remote learning schedules.  Details, amounts, and application click 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.

Contact us:


P.O. Box 341

Short Hills, NJ  07078


Pantry Location:

Orange, NJ 07050

© 2020 by E.Sterling 

for the IFPO.

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