Food Drive


The annual High Holy Day food drive is a cherished aspect of our community’s observance of the Days of Awe.
Our Congregation’s donations make an immeasurable impact by helping families in need.
Your generosity has always been overwhelming and we thank you for your yearly support.

This year we plan to share your donations among three food pantries:

  1. Temple Har Shalom’s “It’s a Mitzvah” Food Pantry:  Our own formal food pantry dedicated in November 2021 as a result of the Bar Mitzvah project of our student Blake Evans. The pantry is located in the lower-level lobby and serves the immediate needs of local families and multiple organizations that have come to depend on our donations.
  2. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey: CFBNJ’s mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. They engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle. Working together with their volunteers, donors and many partners, they work to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.
  3. Twelve Baskets Food Pantry: Twelve Baskets serves the Watchung Hills surrounding area and is based at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge.

Here are some of the most needed Food Drive Needs

Please note that the following items cannot be accepted:
Expired, Perishable or Used/Open Items,
any items in glass or cellophane, bottled water, soda or baby food.

Food Item Non-Food Items
Boxed Meals (pasta, potatoes, rice) Deodorant
Canned Fruits and Vegetables Diapers/Wipes
Canned Fish & Meat (chicken, meat, tuna) Feminine Hygiene Products
Canned & Packaged Meals (chili, mac & cheese, soup) Shampoo & Conditioner
Cereal (Hot/Cold) Soap & Body Wash
Peanut Butter (plastic jars only) Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Shelf Stable Milk (e.g. Parmalat )









If you are not able to get out to purchase food for CFBNJ or our “It’s a Mitzvah” Food Pantry,
then please consider making a monetary donation to one of the following organizations:
Community FoodBank of New Jersey