Helping to meet essential human needs of food-insecure residents of Orange and East Orange, NJ, with dignity and respect
A proud member of the MEND network of food pantries
IFPO Offers ThankServing 2019
The Thanksgiving bag.
The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (IFPO) has been experiencing record demand for services, now regularly assisting 320-345 families each week. We are planning for 500 clients for our November 27 Thanksgiving distribution and 350 for our December 18 Christmas distribution. We anticipate reaching more than 3,000 individuals in those two days of holiday pantry distributions, and additional individuals through other holiday programs.  

The IFPO has a variety of ways you, your family, and your friends can get involved for "ThankServing." Many options are listed below. 
While we generally welcome walk-in volunteers, and we appreciate that there is tremendous interest in helping during the holiday season, we must limit volunteers for our Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday events due to safety and fire code regulations, and to ensure that everyone has a positive experience. In order to volunteer at IFPO events at the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church on
Sunday November 24 and Wednesday November 27,  you must sign up in advance   through the links below. 

Advance sign up for the Christmas distribution (sign up required) on Wednesday December 18 will open after Thanksgiving.
Coat Collections
Client with coat
The IFPO is looking to collect 1,000 new and gently used, good-condition winter coats in both adult and child sizes. We are not seeking winter accessories this year.

Why donate a coat? Read Lily's story.

Donations can be brought locally to:

--- Congregation Beth El   during office hours, for collection by the Sisterhood, until November 22. There is a donation box by the main office;
--- Christ Church (Short Hills)  and  Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (TBJ)  from Nov. 1 until Sunday, November 24 at 11:30 am;
--- Coldwell Banker Realty, 151 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, until November 22 - attention Shayna Schmidt or Amy Paternite;
--- Keller Williams: The Sue Adler Team, 518 Millburn Ave, Short Hills, until November 22.
---Keller Williams: The Saritte Harel Team, 518 Millburn Ave, Short Hills, until November 22.

---or to  Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel  on Sunday, November 24 ONLY between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 

Coats may also be brought to our host site Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, 105 Main Street, Orange on Sunday, November 24 ONLY from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Additional public coat drop locations will be noted on our  website as they may become available.  

Individual and group drives last year were wonderful coat sources for us. Can your business host a coat drive for us? Would you like to personally host a drive for family and friends, your neighborhood or organization? Reach out if we can be of assistance with your efforts:   or 973.856.4000

Donated coats will be distributed to IFPO clients as part of our Wednesday November 27 Thanksgiving event. 

Hot Thanksgiving Luncheon - Saturday, November 23 at Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church
luncheon Kitchen crew led by Neal Erman
The IFPO will again partner with our host congregation, the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, to provide food for a festive, hot Thanksgiving lunch for members of the Church and our clients. The Church expects to serve lunch to 500 people again this year.

Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver hot, cooked food - homemade or store-bought - to the Church on Saturday, November 23 between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. A very limited number of volunteer slots are available for those who are also donating hot food.  Click for complete details and to sign up. 

Frozen Turkey Donations
TSTI Turkey Drive 20`8
Can you donate a frozen turkey? We need 500 again this year! On Sunday, November 24 only , you can deliver frozen, never thawed , turkeys to:
Christ Church  (Short Hills)  from 9:00 am to 11:30 am; 

Congregtion B'nai Jeshurun(TBJ)  from 9:00 am to 11:30 am; and

Temple Sharey Tefilio-Israel  (TSTI) f rom 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

The TSTI location (432 Scotland Road, South Orange) will also accept donations that morning of unopened, unexpired, and non-perishable food (cans and hard plastic packing only), as well as non-perishable Thanksgiving groceries (canned sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, stuffing).

Pantry Prep: Sunday November 24
Pantry prep - we sort lots of coats
At the conclusion of the turkey collections on Sunday, November 24, vehicles from each of our partner congregations will caravan to the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, 105 Main Street, Orange, for "Pantry Prep"-- to unload and sort the food and coats in preparation for Wednesday's distribution, and to place all frozen turkeys we've collected in a single truck.

Volunteers are needed between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the Church. This is a very physical day. Responsible children age 12+ and up only are welcome to accompany a parent to help. In order to volunteer at this event at the Church on Sunday November 24,  you must sign up in advance  through the link below. 

Thanksgiving Distribution: Wednesday November 27
Client with full Thanksgiving load
Over 100 volunteers are needed to organize and fill grocery bags, distribute turkeys & pies, and help clients select winter coats. While we generally welcome walk-in volunteers,  to help on Wednesday November 27 you MUST be pre-registered.

We will be unable to take walk-in volunteers on November 27 due to safety and fire code regulations, and to ensure everyone a positive volunteer experience that day.

Collection of New Toys for
Christmas Distribution
boy with holiday toy
The IFPO is conducting a very targeted, new -- never used -- toy collection. Our goal is to collect 1,000 toys for IFPO clients to select as holiday gifts for their children. These are the only toys many of these children will receive.  We also hope to be able to provide several hundred toys to our host Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, which will distribute them in December to their members.

In order to ensure that each IFPO recipient receives an equal toy allocation, there are strict parameters for toys that we will accept: nothing too big, nothing battery operated, nothing in excess of $25 value.  

Save the Schlep:
Order through the IFPO Amazon Toy Registry:

Toys ordered through the Registry will be delivered directly to one of our drop off sites (no need for you to transport). Registry items were extremely popular with our clients last year.

If you prefer to do your own shopping, please use our


Dolls : many clients prefer dolls of color and Latina dolls
Play Doh Kit
Arts & Crafts Set
Sports Balls: Basketball, Soccer Ball, Football
Baby/Toddler Toys:  stimulating toys that do not require batteries
Board Games
Purse, wallet, or costume jewelry  for teenagers
Team sweatshirts and sweat pants for teen boys and girls

Complete project details and  drop off locations  are available on our  website.
Christmas Distribution:
Wednesday December 18
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Soloway men
Volunteers will be needed to unload trucks, organize and fill grocery bags, and distribute hams and fish.  Christmas sign ups will begin after Thanksgiving.

We are not able to accept or disburse clothing, used toys, or household items at holiday time. 
Other Ways to Help
volunteer appreciation
We're often asked for places to volunteer on Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day. It's hard to find those opportunities, as everyone is off and many are looking to help out those days. We welcome and encourage you to come volunteer at the IFPO any Wednesday (except the first week of the month) throughout the year. Please also like our  Facebook page , which may contain requests for volunteer assistance on short notice.

You can find some alternative ideas for service opportunities around the Holidays on our website. 
Food and other donations stock IFPO shelves and pantries
TBJ delivers High Holiday food to IFPO
The IFPO is very grateful to have been the recipient of food and other donations that packed our pantries and storage rooms recently, and provided wonderful products to our clients. High Holiday food drives at our partners  Congregation Beth El  ,  Congregation B'nai Jeshurun  ,  Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel  , as well as from  B'nai Shalom , yielded a fantastic bounty of much needed canned and other goods. We're also grateful to now receive a monthly distribution of Goya products through our partnership with Catholic Charities. Undercover Quinoa will soon be providing several pallets of toiletries and other products for the IFPO, for which we are truly grateful.
Join IFPO's Thanks+Giving Campaign
IFPO kid
Prefer to offer financial help? Able to contribute financially in addition to volunteering? 
Please consider joining our
Thanks+Giving Campaign

$18 - provides a diaper pack (diapers, cream and wipes) for a baby for a month.
$50 - supplements fresh produce for clients.
$100 - provides essential toiletries for 25 clients for one month.
$1000 - Produce Patron - covers much of our monthly fresh produce cost.
$2,000 - Diaper Angel - helps keep 250 babies clean and dry for one month.

Checks should be made payable to: "Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges" and mailed to P.O. Box 341, Short Hills, NJ 07078 or you can donate online by clicking the button below to be brought to Paypal on our website
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