Emergency Information from the IFPO on COVID-19


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the IFPO is not distributing food on Wednesday mornings at the Church. IFPO is working with the townships of Orange and East Orange to get food into the community. Please check back for updates. The IFPO is continually updating this page as we learn of emergency response programs.


  • Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00, Holy Trinity Food Pantry, 315 Main Street, West Orange. Open to residents of Oranges and/or referrals from an approved agency once a week. Bring ID​.

  • Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Joi's Angels Food Pantry, 114 S Arlington Avenue, East Orange

  • Thursday, July 2. Essex County Food Distribution - Rain or shine. Drive-up only. 10 am. New Hope Baptist Church, 106 Sussex Ave, Newark. Details here .

  • Saturdays 12:00 - 1:00Christine'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 Church parking lot. Clients can pick-up groceries twice a month.

  • Saturday, July 11, 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 of food, plus bread & fresh produce. No questions or prior registration needed. 



  • Drive up food distribution every Wednesday and Thursday

10:00 - 2:00 for Orange residents only. Rosa Parks School, 369 Main Street (Cleveland Street side). Orange residents only, Photo ID required. 

Orange residents without a vehicle, can call 973-280-1621 for food assistance.

  • Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under - June 29 – August 20, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 1:00 pm, at seven district schools. Details here and here.

  • Bagged groceries available to Orange residents and the general public, Thursdays at Lincoln Avenue School, 216 Lincoln Ave, from July 2 - August 13, for pick-up, 7:30 am - 1:00 pm. Details here.

  • USDA Summer Food Service Program. To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder website for start date, meal and snack times. Listed sites include:

Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street Orange

Orange Public Library, 348 Main St, Orange 

City of Orange Colgate Park, 257 New St,  Orange 

Park Avenue School, 231 Park Ave, Orange

Orange High School, 400 Lincoln Ave, Orange

  • City of Orange seniors and families with children can call the City at 



  • East Orange Residents of all ages: Grab & Go Meals, Monday-Friday 11 AM to 3PM  and Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM, Fellowship Civic Center, 1 Fellowship Circle

  • Every Wednesday, 402 Springdale Avenue, Grab N' Go Lunches are distributed starting at 12:30pm while supplies last! Details here.

  • Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street, East Orange, beginning at 9:00 a.m. while supplies last. Food distribution for East Orange residents with photo ID. Drive through or walk up.

  • Saturday July 4, Fresh Produce Distribution, Drive through or walk up, East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street, East Orange, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Details here.


  • East Orange Public School District is offering “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM Monday-Friday for students up to age 18. Pickup locations: 

  • Bowser Elementary, 180 Lincoln Street

  • East Orange Campus High School, 344 Prospect Street

  • Garvin Elementary, 1 Grove Place

  • Houston Elementary, 215 Dodd Street

  • Hughes Elementary, 160 Rhode Island Avenue

USDA Summer Food Service Program. To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder website for start date, meal and snack times. Listed sites include:

Tyson Elementary, 45 North Arlington Ave., East Orange

Louverture School, 330 Central Ave., East Orange

Memorial Park, 23 South Arlington Ave., East Orange

Oval Park, 120 Eaton Place, East Orange

Haire Park, 139 South Grove Street, East Orange

Elmwood Park, 128 Oak St., East Orange

  • East Orange senior and disabled residents: fresh produce and food distributed Mondays 11 AM to 1 PM and Fridays 8:30 - 11:00 AM at East Orange Senior Center, 90 Halsted Street, East Orange.  

      For more information, contact the Division of Senior Services at (973) 266-8832.


  • FREE Kindergarten Readiness available for East Orange residents through the Y.

      Click here to register:​

Volunteers & Supporters

IFPO leaders continue to work tirelessly and extensively to serve our neighbors as the situation related to COVID-19 continues to unfold. Although our usual physical space is still closed, we continue to work closely with the Community FoodBank of NJ to bring tens of thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to the City of Orange and East Orange Township for their direct distribution to residents in need. 


The IFPO continues to serve our current clients and those now newly-in-need of our help with the support of volunteers who are doing contact-less deliveries of food, produce, diapers and special boxes to clients n Orange and East Orange who participate in our Diabetes Education Program and our Diaper Program. 


Please see the IFPO Blog for complete details of all our activities and follow us on Facebook  


Among our activities, the IFPO helped coordinate a massive food delivery to East Orange for distribution April 20th through 23rd that was featured in a TAPInto article. 

A second massive delivery to East Orange was made on April 29. 



To learn about how unemployment in NJ because of the coronavirus pandemic is impacting food needs, click here to read this devastating report in the New York Times.


To learn more about how the Coronavirus Crisis is impacting Food Banks and food pantries, click here to read a ProPublica article featuring Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of the NJ Community FoodBank. 


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


  •     Packed /hot lunches are being distributed at Columbia High School and Seth Boyden School every school day from 11:00AM – 1:00            PM to any district students and siblings under the age of 18, regardless of eligibility status.

  •     If your family needs additional food support, contact 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 Public School Students, Breakfast and Lunch Programs, click here to view.


SNAP/Food Stamps

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

         For SNAP recertification, click here for more info

         Click here for information from Essex County about SNAP application and recertification


Covid-19 Crisis Counseling Services​

Free remote services available for individuals, families and youth in multiple languages. Details here.

Coronavirus Testing:

for East Orange Residents - starting Wed, May 13. on-site testing unit at senior buildings (prescription or physician referral required).            Insurance is required, but if you don't have insurance, you may call the Health Department at 973.266.5480 for assistance. Pre-screening and                  registration required. 

Drive-through COVID-19 and Antibody Testing for all residents, starting Fri. May 15. Regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether              they have symptoms or not. Testing is available by appointment only. Between 1pm-4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for residents ages 18 and up and for essential employees and seniors ages 60 and up on Thursdays. 161 Elmwood Avenue. Click link here for complete information and to schedule appointment. 

for Everyone: 

Free by appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 - 12 Weequahic Park, Newark. www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-324-9950. Drive-thru only. 

Satellite locations 4 - 6 pm: July 1 Livingston, July 2 Millburn. Details here


       *Information about internet service assistance is not verified by the IFPO. this information has been shared with us by other parties.



The City of Orange offers information about the Coronavirus and phone number for questions. Click here to be redirected to their page.

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

New Jersey Dpt. of Health Coronavirus - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

NJ Coronavirus questions: 1-800-222-1222

* 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.

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