Food Drive

The annual High Holy Day food drive is a cherished aspect of our community’s observation 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.

As a Congregation, Temple Har Shalom is committed to help repair our broken world, and in November 2021 we dedicated our first formal physical food pantry named “It’s a Mitzvah” Food Pantry. 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. The name of the pantry is the result of the Bar Mitzvah project of our student Blake Evans, who undertook to raise more than $4,000 to seed its foundation and has pledged with his family to maintain its good works in partnership with all of  THS.

This year, there has been an exponential growth of families in need. Agencies benefitting from our donations include Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Twelve Baskets Food Pantry (Watchung Hills surrounding area based at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge), God’s Co-op Pantry (Basking Ridge) and El Centro Hispanoamericano (Plainfield).

The mission of CFBNJ 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.

Here are some of the most needed Food Drive Needs:

Food Items Non-Food Items
Boxed Meals (pasta, potatoes, rice) Deodorant
Canned Fruits and Vegetables Diapers/Wipes
Canned Fish & Meat (Chicken, Meat, Tuna) Feminine Hygeiene Products
Cereal (Hot/Cold) Shampoo
Peanut Butter (plastic jars only) Toothpaste
Shelf Stable Milk (e.g. Parmalat )
*no glass, cellophane, bottled water, soda or baby food
**Expired, Perishable or Used/Open Items
Cannot Be Accepted








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