Our organization is dedicated to providing food and grocery essentials to individuals in need. We hold ourselves to high standards of treating our guests with the same respect and care that we would expect for ourselves, creating an atmosphere of empathy, compassion, and dignity. Our goal is to alleviate the burden of food insecurity and reduce stress for those we serve, allowing them to focus on addressing other challenges they may be facing. Additionally, we aim to provide access to resources and services that can assist individuals in overcoming these obstacles.
2136 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ 08817
1st & 3rd Saturdays
11:00am - 1:30pm
The pickup queue will be available starting at 10:00am each Saturday. To control traffic, please use Park Way to enter the queue.
At Hands of Hope for the Community, we receive food from various sources/organizations across the state of New Jersey. To maintain a consistent flow of donations, we must comply with specific eligibility criteria set by each source/organization.
In order to qualify for food, you must meet the following income limits based on household size.
Each additional household member adds $8,732/annually, $728/monthly, & $168/weekly
In order to qualify for food, you must meet the following residency requirements.
All clients must reside within Middlesex County, New Jersey and provide proof of residency. (A list of towns in Middlesex County can be found here.
Clients must present one of the following proof of residency in order to receive food
Rent Receipt Or Mortgage Statement
State Issued ID Card
State Issued Drivers License
Utility Bill (Water, Gas, Electric) Dated Within The Past 60 Days
PHOTOCOPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Other Eligibility Requirements
In addition to income and residency requirements, clients must meet be receiving assistance from one of the government programs below to receive food
Disaster (Can Be Divorce, Domestic Violence, Unusal Expense, Loss Of Employment)
SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Famlies)
WIC (Woman, Infants & Children)
RULES OF CONDUCT
We have a policy of serving each client household once per distribution, regardless of the number of individuals residing at the given address. Upon check-in, it is essential that all members of the household are registered and listed on your account. For those residing in multi-unit buildings or renting space in a home, additional specifics of the residence, such as Unit #, Apartment #, or Basement, must be listed on your account.
Once registered each client will receive a pantry membership card that must be used each time they receive food from Hands Of Hope. The membership card is unique to your Household and should be protected at all times. Any client who losses their card must report it to Hands Of Hope immediately.
Any household violating the one-visit-per-distribution rule will not be served.
Each client will be provided with enough non-perishable food to last the household until our next scheduled distribution. Based on availability, clients may receive hot lunches or other special products during their visit. These items are not guarenteed and are available on a first come first serve basis when available.
Households that intentionally violate any Hands Of Hope policy will be at risk of being banned from our services. Clients who are physically or verbally abusive to other clients or volunteers or create any type of nuisance will be asked to leave.
Hands Of Hope For The Community is a 100% volunteer-run organization that relies solely on donations to keep its shelves stocked. As our food resources are limited, we reserve the right to refuse service at any time and for any reason.