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Champion House and Ann Street
The Champion House Food & Clothing pantry has a goal of providing food and clothing necessities to those in need. Food packages, baby items and a wide range of clothing, shoes and coats are available for the whole family from our Ann St. location - appointments are not required but they are encouraged.
There are many food insecure individuals and families in our community. Vulnerable members of our community participating in the NJ SNAP program may run out of resources toward the end of the month and need extra assistance to feed themselves and their families.
We provide one monthly food package, containing non-perishable groceries and fresh produce to eligible individuals and families. To access the food pantry, you must bring:
- Government ID
- Social Security card
- Proof of Recent Residency (lease, mail addressed to you, library card, proof of income). If you are not receiving income, you must fill out a zero-income verification form.
If you are currently without a government ID, we can provide you with one complimentary food package and refer you to our case management team, who can assist you in applying for new identification documents.
933 S 18th St
Newark, NJ 07108
Ann Street Clothing Boutique
106 Ann Street
Newark, NJ 07105
"Addressing Food Insecurity in the City"
The initiative features a food truck equipped to serve prepared and packaged meals directly to individuals facing food insecurity. The project, UCC officials said, can adapt to meet the needs of the community, help overcome the barriers of transportation encountered by low-income residents and eliminate the stigma of going to a food pantry or soup kitchen.
The new initiative follows suit with another recent effort UCC has led to address food insecurity, establishing a community fridge in the city’s East Ward. The unit provides residents around-the-clock access to staple goods such as milk, juice, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, all at no cost. In celebration of next week’s UCC Café ribbon-cutting, organization officials will debut another community fridge at South 8th Street.
“We are in some interesting times between social distancing and the lifting of those restrictions. We have to figure out ways to be better stewards for our community, caregivers to our neighbors, and the mobile feeding program and the community refrigerators both represent the forward-moving and reach into the communities that we want to serve,” UCC Executive Director Craig Mainor told TAPinto Newark.
“We have to stay on our toes and be flexible enough to meet the needs of the community.”
Mainor noted that about 40% of Newark residents don’t own a car, making it difficult for many residents to access meals by foot. By establishing a mobile feeding program like the UCC Café, hot meals can get delivered directly to the city’s at-risk residents. Meals are cooked and pre-packaged at a kitchen on 19th Avenue and then brought onto the truck to be delivered directly to the community. The service caters to UCC’s senior clients and shelter guests, and it will be made available to partners and others in need of assistance.