Emergency Services During Covid

Emergency Services During Covid

Updated 8/12/2022 

You can now order additional free at-home Covid 19 rapid antigen tests from the US government.  Link to order here.

Free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR tests are also available to New Jerseyans. Order your test by visiting learn.vaulthealth.com/nj.

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


If you are not a registered IFPO client but wish to come to pantry, and you 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 973-963-9133.


If you live outside the Oranges, 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.

Infant Formula Shortage Resources: Resources can be found here.


Emergency Food Pantries & Food Distributions​​:​​

  • City of Orange Food Distribution, 234 Lincoln Avenue (between Jackson Street and Central Avenue).  

      Food distributions usually 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 

  • 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. ​

  • Joi's Angel food pantry, 114 S. Arlington Ave., 9 am - 12 pm. Third and Fourth Thursday of each month. Third Thursday (Aug. 18) is also diaper pantry for children up to age 3 (bring birth certificate). **East Orange residents only. 

  • 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 (Aug. 13, 20), Mount Caramel Baptist Church, 381 Cleveland Street, 

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

  • Saturday Aug. 20, 8:00 am – 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 food.​​​

  • Third Sunday of Month - Aug. 21 - 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. 


Covid Vaccinations

The CDC approved COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years. These vaccines are available at Essex County vaccination site at Sears, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston. Appointments are required and can be made at 973-877-8456 or https://essexcountynj.org/health/     Details here.

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

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.

Booster shots are now available for many previously vaccinated people. Details here. 

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:​​

CDC update (1/4/2022): 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).

CDC update (1/5/2022): Booster shots are now available for 12 - 15 year olds.

Second booster shots are now available at Essex County sites.

  • Essex County sites: No Cost. No Appointment needed for vaccines, booster shots or testing. 

      NEW (altered) HOURS and CHANGED SITE: KMart location now closed. COVID-19 vaccinations and testing will continue to be offered at the Sears, 113 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 7pm and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm. The mobile unit will be in front of the Hall of Records in Newark on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm, at Orange City Hall on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 pm, Irvington Town Hall on Thursdays and East Orange City Hall on Fridays from 3 to 7pm. The site at the Essex County Employee Parking Deck in Newark is closed. Full Information can be found here.

Summer vaccine and booster clinics in East Orange: Mondays 3:00 - 6:00 pm, Thursdays 4:30 - 7 pm at East Orange City Hall, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, and Fridays 10 am - 1:00 pm at Central Ave and Old Sanford Place, East Orange. Details here. 

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.

·       ​​​​​​​​

Rental and Housing Assistance:

  • Essex County has a Covid-19 Rental Assistance Program. Details here.

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

  • Emergency Rental Assistance due to Covid 19. Details here.

  • Mortgage Assistance due to Covid 19. 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. Details here.

If you are having trouble paying for your utilities, information regarding financial assistance can be found here: https://www.nj211.org/utility-assistance-programs.


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.

  • 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.