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Helping Hand

 Food Pantry

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to accept walk-in volunteers. Unscheduled volunteers will not be permitted into the pantry.

Needed Items

While there are always needs for a variety of food items, the following are always needed:

  • Cake and Brownie Mix

  • Boxed Potatoes

  • Canned Fruit & Vegatables

  • Apple Sauce

  • Ketchup, Mustard, & Mayonnaise

  • Bagged White & Brown Rice

  • Pancake Mix, Syrup

  • Flour, Sugar, & Oil

  • Coffee & Boxed Milk

  • Canned Meat & FIsh

  • Meat Sauce

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly

  • Cookies & Crackers

  • Shampoo, Conditioner & Toothpaste

  • Paper Towels, Facial Tissues, Toilet Paper

  • Cleaning Products & Laundry Detergent

  • Supermarket Gift Cards

  • Men & Women's Deodorant


The Hillsdale United Methodist Church

349 Hillsdale Avenue

Hillsdale, NJ 07642


The Pantry is located at the Church's South entrance on the corner of Magnolia Avenue & Washington Avenue


Monday 5:30-7:00 PM

First Saturday of the Month 9:00-10:30 AM

*These hours are for clients only and food donations must be scheduled and delivered at another time.*


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Click Here for information on future events

Click Here for how to donate food

Your generosity will allow the Helping Hand Food Pantry to continue serving residents of the Pascack Valley area who need emergency food assistance. Your donation is tax deductible.

Please send any checks or supermarket gift cards to:

Helping Hand Food Pantry

P.O. Box 354

Hillsdale, NJ 07642

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The Helping Hand Food Pantry is a non-profit charitable organization granted 501(C)(3) status by the IRS.  It is entirely staffed by dedicated volunteers and relies on private donations, grocery stores, fundraisers, food drives and grants to serve those in need.  We currently serve approximately 400 neighbors every month, including senior citizens, the disabled, active military members, as well as veterans.  We are open on Monday evenings and the first Saturday morning of every month.  Donations are accepted during these times or non-perishable foods can be placed in the covered outdoor receptacles at any time.  The pantry serves community members from the towns of Emerson, Hillsdale, Oradell, Montvale, Rivervale, Washington Township, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake.


The Helping Hand Food Pantry evolved from a need recognized in 1992 by a Boy Scout and Hillsdale's public health nurse.  The scout took the initiative to organize a food drive for his Eagle Project.  Seeing the need for continued food distribution, the public health nurse and welfare director managed the operation for the following six years. 


 In 1998 the Hillsdale Clergy Association united the four Hillsdale churches to establish one ecumenically sponsored food pantry.  The Hillsdale Clergy Association is comprised of Hillsdale United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Pascack Bible Church and Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church.  The pantry is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of representatives of the supporting four churches and a Member at Large. 


We continually need new volunteers and if you would like to help us please contact us at  Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.  Sorting and stacking donations, filling clients’ orders, shopping for the pantry, coordinating and organizing food drives are only a few of the ways one can help.  Bilingual volunteers are an added bonus.

The Hillsdale Clergy Association:

Hillsdale United Methodist Church

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Pascack Bible Church

St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church

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Helping our Neighbors for More Than 30 Years!

The Hillsdale United Methodist Church

349 Hillsdale Avenue,

Hillsdale NJ 07642

Contact Helping Hand Food Pantry

We are a part time volunteer organization not staffed daily. Telephone messages are checked weekly. For a quicker response please email us, contact our facebook page, or fill out the form below.

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