Resources for Federal Workers and their Families During the Federal Shutdown

Donate Diapers & Feminine Hygiene Products
Union County Donation Drive

Please note the collection will continue until further notice


Join us in helping our fellow government employees who have been impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown. The Federal Government Shutdown has impacted our local food pantries and soup kitchens. Please consider making financial donations to the Community FoodBank to help meet the increased need in our communities.

Requested Donations:

  • diapers
  • feminine hygiene products

Offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For More Information: Contact the Office of Community Engagement & Diversity
Office: Nathalie Hernandez,

CityName of LocationAddress
ElizabethAdministration Building10 Elizabethtown Plaza
ElizabethSocial Services- Elizabeth342 Westminster Avenue
PlainfieldSocial Services -Plainfield200 West 2nd Street
Scotch PlainsEngineering Building2325 South Avenue
WestfieldPublic Safety Building400 North Avenue East

Donate Money to Help Affected Workers and their Families

If you would like to donate to help provide meals to affected federal workers and their families, click here.

Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Diaper Bank Sites

Please use the tables below or use the interactive Find Food map on Community FoodBank’s website.

If you would like to donate to help provide meals to affected federal workers and their families, click here.

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Use the search box on the right to search by city or keyword. When using a mobile phone, we suggest you flip your phone into landscape mode for optimal viewing.

CityLocationAddressPhone numberInformation
CranfordCatholic Charities Archdiocese Of Newark505 South Avenue East908-497-3900PANTRY – Call at 8:30 am – Only 2 appointments daily
CranfordCranford Family Care Association61 Myrtle Street908-276-3530PANTRY – Monday to Friday 9:00 am -4:00 pm. Must be Cranford resident – Application & interview required.
ElizabethElizabethport Presbyterian Church154 South Park Street908-351-4850PANTRY – Last week of the month 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Call first - Union County residents only.
ElizabethFirst Baptist Church of Cranford/Elizabeth402 Union Avenue908-352-0519PANTRY - 2nd, 3rd Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm; 4th Thur. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. KITCHEN - Sunday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ElizabethFirst Presbyterian Church (at Caldwell Place)42 Broad Street908-353-1518Call for information
ElizabethJefferson Park Ministries70 W. Grand St.908-469-9508PANTRY - 2nd & 4th Wednesday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Must live in Union County
ElizabethJesus Is Lord201-223 Spring Street908-355-1335PANTRY – 2nd & 3rd Thursdays 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
ElizabethJewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (Kosher)655 Westfield Avenue908-352-8375PANTRY - Monday to Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm & Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
ElizabethLiberty Baptist Church515-517 Court Street908-354-3362KITCHEN - Monday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ 510 Court St. and KITCHEN – 4th Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
ElizabethMount Teman A.M.E. Church160 Madison Avenue908-351-2625PANTRY – 4th Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and KITCHEN –4th Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
ElizabethMount Zion Pentecostal1016 Lafayette Street908-351-2170BREAKFAST - Sunday 8:00 am –8:30 am sharp
ElizabethNew Bethel Baptist Church856 East Jersey Street908-527-9115KITCHEN - 2nd & 4th Saturday 9:00 am -12:00 pm
ElizabethNew Hope Memorial Baptist91 Division Street908-352-5750KITCHEN - Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
ElizabethSaint John’s Episcopal Church61 Broad Street908-352-1218KITCHEN – Sunday 1:15 PM
ElizabethSaint Joseph’s Episcopal Church38 West End Place908-289-7070Meal – 2nd Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
ElizabethSaint Joseph’s Social Service Center118 Division Street908-354-5456Sandwich / bread – Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; KITCHEN – Saturday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. PANTRY – 3rd, 4th Tuesdays 9:00 am – 11:30 am
ElizabethSaint Mary of the Assumption155 Washington Avenue908-352-5154Enter behind the church on Race Street. KITCHEN: 2nd, 4th Wednesday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pantry: Last Tuesday 9:00–11:00 am
ElizabethThe Salvation Army1005 East Jersey Street908-352-70571st and 2nd week of the month 9:00 am – 11:45 am - Call for appointment
ElizabethSecond Presbyterian Church1161 East Jersey Street908-352-1659Emergency Food Bag – Tuesday & Thursday – 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
ElizabethSecond Macedonian Baptist Church1251 Fairmount Avenue908-353-0024KITCHEN - 2nd Saturdays of the month 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
ElizabethShiloh Baptist Church95 Murray Street908-355-3777Use parking lot stairs. KITCHEN 3rd & 4th Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & every 4th Wednesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
ElizabethUnion Baptist Church1088 East Grand Street908-527-8064KITCHEN - 3rd Saturday of month 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PANTRY –Monday and Tuesday. Call for appointment
ElizabethWIC - Women, Infants and Children40 Parker Road908-994-5141Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Women with children from infants up to 5 years of age for all Union County residents except Plainfield
FanwoodFanwood Presbyterian Church Mission Committee74 Martine Avenue908-889-8891PANTRY – 3rd Saturday 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Need agency referral
HillsideChrist the King411 Rutgers Avenue908-686-0722Emergency food bag - Hillside residents only - Call first with referral from Town Hall or agency
HillsideFirst Baptist Church166 Hillside Avenue973-926-1244
PANTRY - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturday 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Come at 8:00 am to sign in
KenilworthSaint Theresa Church541 Washington Street908-272-4444Call church to make arrangements for food pick up
LindenLinden Interfaith Network for Community Services (LINCS)14 W. Munsell Avenue908-925-2523PANTRY – Call for Appointment - Linden residents only
LindenLinden Presbyterian Church1506 Orchard Terrace908-486-3073PANTRY - 4th Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am by appointment
LindenMorning Star Community Christian Center1009 Chandler Avenue908-925-7979PANTRY
LindenSaint John the Apostle Pantry1805 Penbrook Terrace(732) 340-9781PANTRY – Call to check dates
LindenSisters & Brothers Outreach1318 East St. Georges Avenue908-994-9797PANTRY – 2nd & last Thursdays 6:00 pm. Call in emergency or discharge from jail for appointment
New ProvidenceOur Lady of Peace Church111 South Street908-464-7600PANTRY – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Proof of address required
PlainfieldBethel Presbyterian Church300 East 5th Street908-757-5390KITCHEN – 2nd Saturdays from September to June 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
PlainfieldBianca F.L.O.W.E.R.S. Food Pantry145 Park Avenue908-756-4739Food Bag of non-perishables – Tuesday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
PlainfieldCommunity Church of God417 West 6th Street908-754-8288PANTRY – 3rd Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2nd and 4th Thursday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Emergencies: Call for appointment
PlainfieldCrescent Avenue Presbyterian Church716 Watchung Avenue908-756-2468KITCHEN - Tuesday (closed on holidays) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Lunch bag – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am
PlainfieldEl Centro Hispano Americano525 East Front Street908-753-8730PANTRY – 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bring your own bag
PlainfieldFirst Park Baptist Church716 West 7th Street908-756-5322DINNER 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm the last Saturday of the month
PlainfieldFirst Unitarian Society of Plainfield724 Park Avenue908-756-0750PANTRY – Last Saturday of the month 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Bagged lunch Sunday after pantry. Holiday meals – Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
PlainfieldGrace Episcopal Church (Grace’s Kitchen)600 Cleveland Avenue908-756-1520KITCHEN – last 5 weekdays of the month 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (NOT Sunday)
PlainfieldMasjidullah (Muslim Community Soup Kitchen, Inc.)321-5 Grant Avenue908-561-6767KITCHEN – Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
PlainfieldMetropolitan Seventh Day Adventist1003 West 4th Street908-561-0141PANTRY – Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PlainfieldNew Covenant Church of God225 East 7th Street908-226-0223KITCHEN: 1st and 3rd Saturday beginning at 8:00 am
PlainfieldSaint Mary’s Church516 West 6th Street908-756-0085KITCHEN: Sundays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
PlainfieldThe Salvation Army – Plainfield615 Watchung Avenue908-756-2595 x 108PANTRY – Monday - Thursday 11:30 am. KITCHEN Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Site closed last five days of the month
PlainfieldShiloh Baptist Church515 West 4th Street908-754-3353
The Lord’s Kitchen (732) 382-7944
PANTRY – 3rd and 4th Saturdays 9:00 am – 12 pm; 4th Wednesday 4:00 – 7:00 pm
KITCHEN – Wednesday & Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
PlainfieldStarfish Food Pantry of Plainfield at Covenant United Methodist Church631 East Front Street908-755-8888PANTRY – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Plainfield area only
PlainfieldWIC Program in Plainfield510 Watchung Ave.908-753-3397Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Women with children from infants up to 5 years of age
RahwayFirst Presbyterian Church (Food for Friends)1731 Church Street(732) 382-0803KITCHEN – every Saturday
RahwayRahway Community Action Organization796 East Hazelwood Avenue(732) 382-9311PANTRY - Emergencies & limited to Rahway residents only
RahwaySecond Presbyterian Church (Food for Friends)1221 New Brunswick Avenue(732) 381-7201PANTRY – Last Monday, Tuesday of the month 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mobile Pantry – for Veterans and their families. Diabetic Program – 3rd Monday of the month
RoselleHeard A.M.E. Church310 East 8th Avenue908-241-5588PANTRY – Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:00 am
RoselleHelping Hands - Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter157 East 4th Avenue908-241-1250PANTRY – One Saturday a month from 12pm to 3pm. Call for more information.
RoselleNew Destiny Community Development129 Chestnut Street908-884-4928PANTRY 2nd Saturdays 12 pm - 4 pm
Roselle ParkCasano Community Center314 Chestnut Street908-245-0666PANTRY – Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Roselle Park residents only
Roselle ParkChurch of the Assumption - Parish Hall113 Chiego Place908-245-1107PANTRY - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Scotch PlainsSt. Bartholomew the Apostle2032 Westfield Ave908-322-5196PANTRY – Tuesdays 9:30 am – 11:00 am by the Recreation Department office 430 Park Ave., Town Hall, Room 113
Scotch PlainsImmaculate Heart of Mary Church1571 South Martine Avenue908-889-2100PANTRY – Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; Second Sunday of the month 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SummitThe Grace Refrigerator561 Springfield Avenue917-517-3203PANTRY – Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SummitSaint Theresa's Church (Loaves and Fishes)306 Morris Avenue908-277-3700PANTRY – Wednesdays 9:00 am -11:00 am - Call first. Summit residents only
SummitSHIP (Summit Helping Its People)31 Woodland Avenue908-829-0515KITCHEN – Monday to Friday 6:00 am – 7:30 am. Saturday and Sunday dinner 3:45 pm at 120 Morris Avenue
UnionConnecticut Farms Presbyterian Church888 Stuyvesant Avenue908-688-3164PANTRY – 3rd Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (except November 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm). Union residents only
UnionSaint Michael’s Church Parish Center1211 Orange Avenue908-688-1232Call for information
UnionTownship of Union Food PantryMunicipal Building, 1776 Morris Avenue908-851-8501Monday to Friday 9:30 am– 4:30 pm. Union residents only with proof of residency and income
UnionUkrainian Evangelical Assemblies of God2208 Stanley Terrace908-686-8171PANTRY – Wednesdays 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
UnionVictory Temple National Holiness Church301 Tucker Avenue862600-1548PANTRY
WestfieldWestfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity Church315 First Street908-232-8137PANTRY – Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Need referral from Social Service agency
Diaper Bank Sites

Diaper Bank Sites

CityLocationAddressPhone Number
PlainfieldSalvation Army of Plainfield615 Watchung Ave(908) 756-2595 x 108 or 102
PlainfieldChurch of the Living God434 E 4th St.(908) 456-5974
PlainfieldNew Covenant Church of God225 E. 7th St(908) 226-0223
PlainfieldManna from Heaven Food Pantry324 Monroe Ave(908) 273-4897

Federal Employees Applying for SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)

Federal workers regardless of whether they are furloughed or working without pay, are eligible to apply for SNAP benefits and will be screened for expedited eligibility under normal SNAP procedures. Furloughed workers do not have to apply for Unemployment. The income of the entire household will be considered in determining eligibility. There will be no overpayment for SNAP benefits or need for recipients to repay SNAP benefits if workers receive retroactive payments for the time off during the shutdown.

Learn more

Union County residents may apply for SNAP Benefits by visiting these three locations:


Union County Division of Social Services
342 Westminster Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Union County Division of Social Services
200 West 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Applicants will be asked to provide documentation such as:

  • Federal Employee ID/Proof of identity
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • Other Photo ID (US Passport)
  • Social security number
  • Rent or Mortgage receipts
  • Lease Agreement
  • Utility bills (gas, oil, electric)
  • Proof of income (for each household member with income)

Health programs

Atlantic Health System: Waiving co-pays for federal government workers on furlough and their families for the duration of the shutdown in all of our Emergency Departments and Atlantic Medical Group practices. Holding a job fair today and Jan. 31st for federal workers who want to learn more about our part time, per diem and temporary opportunities.

Trinitas Medical Center: Co-pays will be waived for those who are not receiving paychecks.

Westfield YMCA: As the government shutdown continues, the Westfield Area YMCA would like to help relieve some stress by reminding the community about our financial assistance program and by offering federal employees access to the Y.

Assistance programs

Information below is from a USA Today article

Bank of America: The bank’s Client Assistance Program is offering personalized financial assistance and can be reached at 844-219-0690.

ChaseThe bank announced its efforts to help its customers who are U.S. government employees on Dec. 22 and is encouraging customers to call a special care line at 888-356-0023 to discuss available hardship programs. The help also is available for customers who do business with a federal agency that is also affected, Chase said in a statement.

Congressional Federal Credit UnionFurloughed employees and those working without pay can apply for the “Relief Line of Credit” with an interest-free rate over 60 days.

DiscoverImpacted federal workers who are Discover cardmembers or have a loan with Discover Bank may be eligible for assistance such as skipping a payment and having late fees and interest charges reversed if they miss a payment because of the shutdown. To request assistance, call 800-347-2683.

FedChoiceThe Federal Credit Union has several options listed in its Furlough Center at

Marcus by Goldman Sachs: Eligible government employees impacted by the temporary government shutdown may be eligible for a payment deferral on their Marcus loan and savings customers may be eligible to have early withdrawal penalties waived. For request assistance and to discuss options, call 844-627-2876.

Navy Federal Credit UnionImpacted union members who have direct deposit of their government pay may be eligible for interest-free loans. Government contractors may be eligible if their direct deposit is received directly from the federal government and will be impacted by a government shutdown. 

U.S. Bank: The bank created a new, low-rate quick loan for federal employees affected by the shutdown. It is available to customers with any U.S. Bank product, including mortgage, auto loans or U.S. Bank credit cards, the company announced. The designated federal government shutdown line is 877-760-6046.

U.S. Employees Credit UnionImpacted union members who have direct deposit of their government pay may be eligible for interest-free loans. According to its website, the Government Shutdown Loan is to be “repaid in 60 days or when the government processes back pay, whichever is sooner.”

Wells Fargo: The bank says it “will work with individuals and business banking customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the shutdown.” Customers should call 1-800-TO-WELLS, or the number on their credit card, debit card or statement for assistance, or visit any Wells Fargo branch. Mortgage, loan, and credit customers may qualify for forbearance or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances, the company posted on its website.

Unemployment benefitsAccording to a U.S. Office of Personnel Management fact sheet, federal employees may be eligible for “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees,” which is administered by state unemployment insurance agencies. The fact sheet notes “the law of the state in which an individual’s official duty station in Federal civilian service is located will be the state law under which an individual’s eligibility for benefits is determined.”

Wireless providers

Information below is from a USA Today article

AT&TCustomers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options to keep service including cellphones, television and internet running. Make payment arrangements online at

Sprint“Our Care reps will coordinate with qualified customers and our financial team to find a payment option that works and keep your service uninterrupted during the government shutdown,” Sprint said in a statement. Impacted customers should call 888-211-4727 or do an online chat at

T-MobileShort-term account assistance can be tailored to meet the needs of customers who are federal workers, T-Mobile said, noting options include payment deferral and “flexible payment options” that allow customers to spread their service payments over time.” The company is also offering support to government account customers. Customers can call T-Mobile Customer Care to discuss options at 611 from a T-Mobile device or 877-746-0909 from any phone. 

Verizon: The company announced flexible payment options and a “Promise to Pay” program that can be set up in the My Verizon app or website. Further assistance is available by calling 866-266-1445.

Nationwide deals

Information below is from a USA Today article

Harlem GlobetrottersAny furloughed government employee can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two free game tickets to the team’s 2019 Fan Powered North American tour, according to a news release. The offer is only valid during the government shutdown and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Quantities are limited and seat locations vary by venue. The release said fans should check with their local box office for details.

Hudson Group: This deal is for TSA and customs employees. The Hudson Group, which has more than 1,000 stores in airports and transportation terminals, is offering TSA and customer workers 20 percent off food, beverages and core store products when they present their TSA or Trans border ID. This special will continue until the end of the shutdown. 

NotarizeThe online notarization company is offering free notarizations during the government shutdown for all federal employees who sign up for an account with a .gov email address, according to a company blog post at

Rosetta StoneFurloughed government workers can get a free three-month online subscription. Email your name and validation information to Learn more here.

Ikea Elizabeth: Free breakfast for federal government employees during shutdown. If you’re a federal government employee, stop by IKEA Elizabeth for a free breakfast. Bring in your valid federal government ID to get one free breakfast combo meal, plus your choice of coffee or tea.

Sky ZoneAt participating Sky Zone parks, federal government employees furloughed or currently without pay and up to three immediate family members can get 60 minutes of free play every Tuesday through Thursday in January. Sky Zone socks are required but you can reuse SkySocks from previous visits. Valid government ID required. Learn more at


HUD has made us aware that Section 8 rent payments will go out as scheduled for January and February.

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Press Release

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Union County Freeholders announce online assistance guide for Federal employees impacted by Shutdown

County also announces drop off sites for diapers and feminine hygiene products; residents encouraged to make financial contributions to NJ Food Bank

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced an online assistance guide for Federal employees who are experiencing hardship due to the prolonged government shutdown.

The guide can be accessed at  and contains location information on food pantries, soup kitchens and diaper bank sites; County drop-off box locations for those wishing to donate diapers, and feminine hygiene products; SNAP information; a donation link to the Community Foodbank of New Jersey; and a list of nationally-known businesses offering federal workers relief, including free meals, restaurant discounts to deferring payments and zero-interest loans.

“Federal employees and their families need our help, and the County of Union and our residents are prepared,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.  “We will continue to update our webpage and social media as more information becomes available on how to assist these employees.”

There are approximately 460 Federal employees who live throughout Union County, according to the most recent information available from the Census Bureau.

Kowalski added: “At this time, we are finding the greatest issue to be food insecurity.  We are also encouraging County residents who are able to make monetary donations to consider donating to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which is the agency that provides food to the pantries and soup kitchens listed. Financial donations are preferable to food collections because the food bank is able to leverage monetary donations to make the dollars go much farther. We have been made aware that diapers and feminine hygiene products are also in short supply.”

The County will be collecting feminine hygiene products and diapers for distribution through the Community Food Bank at the following County government locations:

  • Union County Administration Building Lobby- 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth
  • Union County Socials Services Building located at-
    • 342 Westminster Ave., Elizabeth
    • 200 West 2nd St., Plainfield
  • Froehlich Public Safety Building-400 North Ave., East, Westfield
  • Engineering & Public Works Building-2325 South Ave., Scotch Plains

Offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Residents who receive assistance through the SNAP Food Assistance program received allocations for January and February earlier this week. Recipients are urged to budget their funds as the dollars credited to the cards must hold them over for two months rather than one, as is the norm.  Federal employees not receiving SNAP, and who need the assistance can visit the web link on how to apply for benefits during the shutdown.