Emergency Services During Covid

Emergency Services 

Updated 12/05/2022 

The IFPO serves clients at 357 S. Jefferson Avenue, Orange, on Wednesday mornings. We are not open the first Wednesday of the month. 


Due to capacity limits, the IFPO is not currently accepting new clients.

You can find another convenient pantry through the lists below. We suggest you call to confirm current hours and information before going to a pantry.

·       Community Food Bank of NJ's "Food Finder" where you can search for a pantry by zip code or you can text "FindFood" or "Comida" to 908-224-7776.

·       MEND also offers a list of  food pantries in Essex County.​ 

·       ESSEX COUNTY provides a list of food pantries. Call to confirm current operations before visiting as Covid has changed many operations.


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.


Emergency Food Pantries & Food Distributions​​:

  • Tuesday Dec. 20, Essex County Holiday Food Distribution, South Mountain Arena, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange from 9:00 am. Details here.

  • City of Orange Food Distribution, 234 Lincoln Avenue (between Jackson Street and Central Avenue). Food distributions Mondays and Wednesdays  10:30 am - 2:30 pm for Orange residents only. Bring your own bags!

  • Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange, Tuesdays 9 am - 12 pm serving residents of the Oranges. Please bring a photo ID and proof of address. Diaper Day - the last Tuesday of each month during regular food pantry 

  • Joi's Angel food pantry, 114 S. Arlington Ave., East Orange. 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). **East Orange residents only. 

  • Lava Love mobile shower trailer open Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, St. Matthew AME Church, 336 Oakwood Ave, Orange. Hot food, clothing, haircuts, medical screenings, vaccines and more. MFH food pantry at 11 am. Motor Vehicle mobile unit from 10 am – 2 pm.

  • East Orange -  Food Distributions Fridays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 pm. Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle (Greenwood Ave.) . Walk up only. ** Must be an East Orange Resident. 


  • Saturdays 11:00 am - 1:30 pm. 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 pm - 1:00 pm, Christine's Kitchen, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Main Street, West Orange. Free bagged lunch to go. All are welcome.

  • Second and Third Saturdays of each month (Dec. 10, 17), Food distribution, Mount Caramel Baptist Church, 381 Cleveland Street, 

      Orange, 10 am - 12:00 noon. Please bring a bag. 

  • Saturday Dec.17, 8:00 am – 10:00 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 food.​​​

  • Third Sunday of Month -  Dec. 18 - Grab and go fresh produce distribution for Essex County residents. Bring photo ID with address and a bag. 11 am. 37 Evergreen Place, East Orange. 

Infant Formula Shortage Resources: Resources can be found here.

Covid Vaccinations

The county vaccination sites are now closed. Vaccinations and boosters are available at Orange City Hall on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and at East Orange City Hall on Fridays from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Appointments can be made by visiting www.EssexCOVID.org or calling 973-877-8456.

Vaccines may also be available for adults and some younger children at some local pharmacies.  Call your pharmacy directly to ask. 

Additional locations for the mobile vaccination van and information can be found at https://essexcountynj.org/covid-19-vaccine-locations.

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

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

IFPO will help you find a free vaccine. Ask at our Registration Desk, or click here for the NJ Vaccine Finder.  https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder.

How to Schedule a Vaccine Appointment:

·       www.essexcovid.org

·       https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder 

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

·       Call NJ Vaccine Center : 855-568-0545 (8:00 am - 8:00 pm)

·       Check https://covid19.nj.gov/ for additional guidance.

Vaccination and Testing Information:​​

--Booster shots are now available 5 months after vaccination for those who initially received the Pfizer vaccine (6 months after vaccination for those who received the Moderna vaccine).

--Booster shots are now available for 12 - 15 year olds.


Additional testing locations can be found by zip code here​.

You can report positive at-home test results here. Reporting positive test results to your local public health department helps experts understand the prevalence of a new disease in different communities.

SNAP Assistance and Other Benefit Assistance:

Call the Community FoodBank of NJ Resource Access Team. 1-908-838-4831 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

        The Resource Access Team is at the IFPO pantry on our first Wednesday pantry day each month. 

Essex County residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance, cash assistance, or NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid,  visit NJHelps.org.

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Rental and Housing Assistance:

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

If you are facing eviction from your home, New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund can help. Protect yourself from eviction by self-certifying and applying for rental assistance.
Call 1-888-654-3893 or email evictionprevention@njcitizenaction.org.

Excluded New Jerseyans Fund: provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance - including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded. The deadline to submit required documents is Friday, September 30, 2022. 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:​

  • Covid Connect offers adults support for mental health and addiction issues related to Covid 19. Details here.

Coronavirus Information:


·       CDC Coronavirus Page - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/


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

·       NJ Coronavirus questions call: 211

* Most 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.