The Community Food Closet of Cape May
The Community Food Closet of Cape May was founded in 1982 by the Ministers Association of Cape May. Located in the lower level of the First Presbyterian Church of The City of Cape May, the food closet assists people living in Cape May, West Cape May, Cape May Point and a portion of Lower Township. We always have several emergency food bags available for people in need. Each distribution day, the Food Closet provides supplemental groceries (3-4 days) to people with a variety of needs including seniors on fixed incomes, seasonally employed individuals, people with physical or mental challenges, single parent families and others.
Many churches, schools, scouts, local businesses, local clubs and organizations as well as individuals, contribute food and monetary donations to the Food Closet. The Food Closet is open on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M., with possible exceptions for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, when a special holiday meal is added to the normal distribution given and the regular day may be adjusted.
Food at no cost to the Food Closet is delivered from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State of New Jersey through the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey. Inventory of government and state food is conducted monthly and reports are submitted to The Community Food Bank of Southern NJ. Additionally, some food is purchased from area food stores and The Community Food Bank of Southern NJ., using monetary donations made to the Food Closet. Many foods, paper goods and personal items are also donated by the local community. In order for families and individuals to qualify for Federal and State food they must register and show documents of eligibility. Those unable to show the required documents are welcome to come and are eligible for the foods donated and purchased for the Food Closet.
The operation of the Food Closet is run by a large group of caring people, from the local community, who volunteer their time and talents. They are key to running a successful enterprise. The Food Closet directors are Barbara Blair, Carol Willard and Tina Johnson, with notable assistance from Barbara Duus and Janet Westcott.
The following is a general list of the type of groceries given to 1-3 recipient(s):
3 cans of vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, etc.)
3 cans of soup
1 spaghetti sauce
1 box of cereal
2 rolls of toilet paper (paper towels, napkins and tissues when available)
1 box of macaroni and cheese
box of spaghetti, pasta and/or egg noodles
3 cans of fruit (applesauce, peaches, pears, mixed fruit, etc.)
2 cans Tuna fish
2 canned protein such as pasta and meat, beef stew or chili with meat
1 frozen meat product such as a whole chicken or chicken legs, frozen fish or ground meat
1 bar of soap
*Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent and dish detergent are given depending on availability.
Note: 4 or more persons receive the same items, but in greater quantity.