Emergency Services

during Covid-19

Updated 5/6/2021

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.

Coronavirus Vaccinations -

East Orange residents (and those who work in EO):


----TODAY - Thursday May 6 - The Mobile Health Clinic will be at 315 South Harrison Street, East Orange, between 10am and 2pm on May 6 administering the Moderna Vaccine to all those who are eligible. Walk ups are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred. For more information, call 973.266.5480.

----New Vision Baptist Church, 100 Warrington Pl on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.

Walk in vaccinations now available at Kmart, West Orange and Essex County College, Newark. Both sites are open from 10am to 2pm Mondays to Saturdays

IMPORTANT VACCINE ELIGIBILITY UPDATE: Anyone 16 years of age and older is now eligible in NJ 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, has 6,000 appointments available each day. Appointments only (no walk in). 8 am - 8 pm for eligible individuals. 

-----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:  can go to https://www.essexcovid.org/ or call 973 877 8456 to register.  OPEN 24 HOURS 

  • 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 at a CVS near you. Call 8am to 8pm for easy scheduling at 855-287-3456.


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
---SNAP ASSISTANCE AND OTHER BENEFIT ASSISTANCE: Call the Community FoodBank of NJ Resource Access Team. 1-908-838-4831 Monday through Friday from 8AM – 5PM. 
  • 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 or Drive through. 9 a.m. Dates and Location TBA. 

  • 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 May 8, 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).  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
  • East Orange Office of Emergency Management, 402 Springdale Ave, East Orange. Dates TBA. East Orange residents only. Drive through or walk-up.​​  Covid testing also available.
  • Food Distribution. East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted St., 9 am. Drive through or walk up. Sat. May 8. 9 am-1 pm (while supplies last). Details here
  • Monthly Produce distribution Sunday May 16, 37 Evergreen Place, East Orange. 11 am. 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

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

South Orange Residents
  • Saturday, May 8. 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​ ​​
  • 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.

 ---    Saturday May 8, 8 am to 12 noon, Essex County DPW, 99 West Bradford Ave., Cedar Grove.




  • 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, confidential Covid testing by the NJ Department of Health will be available to IFPO clients, volunteers and the general public at IFPO, 357 S. Jefferson Street, Orange,  Wednesday May 19 - 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

  • 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.7