CAMDEN, NJ — With fall settling in and temperatures beginning to drop, Camden activists and organizations are continuing to ramp up free distributions for families in need. 

Everything from diapers to cleaning products and boxes of fresh food can be accessed throughout the city - needs for which have surged because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A list of distributions is available below (masks and social distancing are required). 

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You can also visit the Food Bank of South Jersey website and search “Camden, NJ” for additional events throughout the week.

Oasis Food Drive

On Saturday, Baptist Temple Church will host the “Oasis Food Drive” at 10 a.m. 

The event will take place at the church located at 1029 South 4th St. Prepackaged breakfast and lunch will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis (with a drive-thru option as well).

For questions call 856 365-3162.

Mighty Writers

Mighty Writers, a Camden non-profit, aims at inspiring kids with in-person and online with educational programs and workshops. In addition to writing courses and 1-on-1 mentorship, it recently announced the following Fall Schedule:

Mondays: Diapers and Lunches

Tuesdays: Produce Boxes

Wednesdays: Diapers and Groceries

Thursdays: Baby formula and more

All events will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Nick Virgilio Writers House (across the street from Sacred Heart School) at 1801 Broadway.

Books will be on hand Monday through Thursday. For questions, call 856-295-1048.

PRUP Camden

Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP), with help from Cathedral Kitchen, is hosting food distributions every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a shopping bag to better transport meat, vegetables, dry food and canned goods. Prup is based out of 818 South Broadway, with pick-ups held on Ramona Gonzalez St. (side fenced entrance).

The organization will also provide meal packs and milk for school-aged children from 9 a.m. to Noon on Mondays. 

For information call 856-541-1418 or email Prup@verizon.net.

Heart of Camden

The Heart of Camden (HOC), a waterfront south organization focused on helping neighbors find affordable and quality housing, continues to host “Distribution Thursdays.”

Residents can visit HOC’s home at 1840 Broadway on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for free food, bags of household essentials, diapers, wipes and other items. 

For information call 856-966-1212.

Department of Human Services 

Mayor Frank Moran and Camden’s Department of Human Services, in partnership with Touch New Jersey, has announced the following free food giveaways.

Oct. 15 - Martin Luther King Center (1151 Haddon Ave.)

Oct. 22- North Camden Center (1000 North 6th St.)

Oct. 29 - Malandra Hall Center (1200 South Merrimac Road)

Nov. 5 - Cramer Hill Center (1035 Reeves Ave.)

Nov. 12 - Isabel Miller Center (8th and Carl Miller Blvd)

Nov. 19 - Martin Luther King Center 

Dec. 3 - North Camden Center

Dec. 10 - Malandra Hall Center 

Dec. 17 - Cramer Hill Center

Camden City residents must show identification to receive food. All events will be held at 10 a.m. For information call 856-757-7155

Camden County Board of Freeholders

Camden County is continuing its partnership with Touch New Jersey to provide free food around the county at least through Oct. 30.

The Friday distributions are available in both walk-up and drive-thru options. Anyone on foot should bring a cart or wagon if possible. 

Oct. 16 - Parkview at Collingswood, 700 Browning Road

Oct. 23 - St. Joseph’s Procathedral, 2907 Federal St.

Oct. 30 - Camden County College, Blackwood Campus, Lot 6

The events will be held at 10:30 a.m. For information call 866-226-3362.

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