HAWTHORNE, NJ - "Martha’s Pantry" is St. Clement's Episcopal Church’s newest community outreach program. The pantry opened in November and serves all Hawthorne, Haledon, North Haledon, and Prospect Park residents. Community members with WIC, SNAP, and others in need are welcome to visit Martha’s Pantry during opening hours.

Behind the doors in a regular suburban community, many families are struggling to make ends meet, especially as the holidays draw near. Recognizing a need in their own community, Linda Heerema heads the group of volunteers from St. Clement’s parish in Hawthorne, whose goal is to help as many families and individuals as they can.

Martha’s Pantry operates on a points system, with single person households given 20 points, couples 30 points, a family of three 40 points, and so on. Items in Martha’s Pantry are then assigned a point value, with most items being only 1 point. Seeking to address a hidden suburban poverty, unseen but present, St. Clement’s parishioners are doing what they can to help their community.

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Locals are also urged to donate as they can, especially items that are not covered by SNAP benefits: toilet paper, napkins, trash bags, diapers, women's sanitary pads, laundry detergent, paper towels, and cleaning products.

Martha’s Pantry will next be open on Saturday, December 21st from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to assist with holiday food needs. Beginning in January 2020, Martha’s Pantry will be open on the first Saturday of each month.

Martha's Pantry is located at 271 Lafayette Ave in Hawthorne. Parking is available in the lot at the rear of the church and the entrance is located at the 3rd door on the side of the building. For more information contact the church office at 973-427-8118.

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