MCFOODS

The Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1994 to at all times help ensure that an adequate supply of nutritious foods and necessities are readily available to Middlesex County residents in need. MCFOODS collects and distributes nonperishable items at no cost to over 80 local food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the County, as well as an additional 25 agencies including: residential facilities, shelters, social service agencies, programs for women and children, senior citizen housing facilities and other outreach services that are also a part of our network. Through all of the agencies in our network, we are reaching a wide variety of people within the County who are in need including low-income families, the homeless, people with disabilities or mental or physical challenges, children and senior citizens. View our brochure.

 

Do you need immediate food assistance?
The MCFOODS directory is a resource tool to direct people to an agency in their area that can provide them with emergency food assistance.
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Get Involved!
We encourage businesses, organizations, clubs and groups to sponsor a food drive and help keep our local pantries stocked. MCFOODS can provide you with a flyer to promote your food drive, containers to store food in throughout your collection and transportation of your donations to our facility. MCFOODS Flyer
(Adobe PDF)

Some of the most needed nonperishable foods and necessities include rice, tuna fish, peanut butter, vegetables, canned meats, beans, soup and pasta, as well as personal products, baby items and paper goods.
00Individual donations can be made year-round at any of the permanent collection sites located at libraries in East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Plainsboro, South Amboy, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, Spotswood and Woodbridge.

Many food drives are sponsored throughout the year by area businesses and civic organizations. You can make a monetary contribution by writing a check made payable to MCFOODS and mailing it to the MCIA, 101 Interchange Plaza, Suite 202, Cranbury, NJ 08512. To find out how you can make a donation or volunteer, call MCFOODS at 732-729-0880 or 609-409-5033 or email the coordinator.

 

For Emergency Food Providers
The MCFOODS warehouse, located in New Brunswick, is open every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for registered agencies to come in to receive food to help them better serve their clients. Our network meets regularly to share best practices, discuss changes in needs and how we can help eachother operate more efficiently.

If you would like to become a member of the MCFOODS network, please see the attached requirements and return the necessary information to the coordinator at ja@mciauth.com or fax 609-655-4748.

MCFOODS and the Community FoodBank of NJ have collaborated in an effort to make more food available for needy Middlesex County residents. In addition to the regular items available at our facility, MCFOODS now receives a weekly delivery of a variety of bulk food items that are offered to the agencies in our network every Wednesday. The items we receive will vary from week to week and will usually be nearing the best-used-by date. Please see the statement from the County Health Department regarding product dating and food safety. 


Items Available at MCFOODS for Tuesday, April 21, 2015   9AM-12PM (cases per agency)
Items # of Cases
Whole Wheat Penne Rigate 1
Assorted Foods
Three Bean Salad 1
Bread bring your own bags/boxes
Green bins pre-bagged with an assortment of products
**When signing in please write clearly as the information needs to be input into our computer. 
   
Items Available Wednesday, April 22, 2015   9:30 – 11:30
   
Produce bring your own plastic bins
   
Sign in upon arrival, then please stay in your vehicle and out of the way until all produce is unloaded and we are ready to begin distribution. Please wait for your number to be called via the lottery system.
   
Whatever is received will be divided up, each agency will receive an equal allotment. Please be respectful of MCFOODS employees and volunteers and follow their direction. 
   

 


Food Stamps

Please see this flyer  that details days / times and locations, where Rutgers students are on site at several food pantries to answer questions and/or help clients apply for food stamps.  If you’d like information about having students set up hours at your site please contact them at njlteh@gmail.com or 732-743-5131.  This flyer dispels the top 10 myths about food stamps.  Please feel free to post and/or share this information.

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There are many resources available to food pantries and soup kitchens that become members of the Community FoodBank of NJ. The FoodBank can provide agencies with free food, available through the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Commodities Program. There is also food available for purchase with a small shared maintenance fee.  It is MCFOODS’ goal to help all Middlesex County Emergency Food Providers become members, receive training and have access and transportation to the food and resources that they are eligible for.  Please visit the Community FoodBank for more information or contact the MCFOODS coordinator ja@mciauth.com.


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