Food Pantry

Food Pantry

Need Food Assistance?​

There is no shame in asking for help. Life circumstances sometimes create times of need. No one should have to go hungry.

The Food Pantry is open from 9-11am on the 4th Saturday of every month. Anyone in need is welcome. If you need assistance in an emergency, before this date, please contact our church office at or leave a voicemail at (973) 239-2850 to make arrangements. We are very sensitive to people's privacy and will do whatever we can to ensure anonymity of recipients.


Food Items (unexpired non-perishable items) are accepted at all times; click HERE for an UPDATED LIST OF CURRENT NEED ITEMS. Donations can be dropped off in our 24-hour bin located just outside the parking lot door of the Church building.

Financial Support is appreciated for us to be able to purchase low inventory items and be able to provide gift cards (when possible) to shoppers; the Food Pantry is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit and your financial donation is tax deductible.  You may mail a check to the Church address (put "Food Pantry" in the memo) or donate online by clicking here for our e-payment option.


On days that the pantry is open, we need assistance with getting ready, greeting shoppers and cleaning up.  These are just a few of the tasks that require assistance:

  • set-up at 8am on 4th Saturday
  • 9-11am staffing the pantry
  • greeting shoppers when they arrive
  • clean-up at 11am on 4th Saturday

Other opportunities include

  • publicity & fund raising
  • organizing food donations

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 31:
We are grateful to the Cedar Grove Den 4 Cub Scouts for hosting yet another Food Drive for our Pantry.  This year it will be in our parking lot (36 Gould Street) on Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 1pm.  Food donations can be brought during these hours and trick-or-treating scouts will collect them.  For more information, click hereRead more
Friday, November 6:
On Friday, November 6 from 5:30-7pm, we will host a TO-GO only Fish (or Chicken) and Chips Dinner (prepared by Argyle Restaurant of Kearny) to benefit the Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry.  For reservations, click here to pay online or pay via Venmo or email or call (973) 239-2850.  Homemade desserts will be included.  Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children under age 12. Read more
Getting Ready to Pre-Pack Bags
Friday, November 20:
A small group of socially distanced, mask wearing Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level from 5-6:30pm setting up the assembly line needed to pre-pack bags for shoppers. Read more
The Finished Product
Saturday, November 21:
A small group of socially distanced, mask wearing Food Pantry volunteers will be in the lower level for three shifts (8:30-9:45am, 10-11:15am and 11:30am-12:45pm) prepackings bags for our shoppers -- they will then carry them up to the sanctuary.  It's hard physical work! Read more
Holy Spirit Verona Food Pantry
Saturday, November 28:
The Holy Spirit Pantry will continue local home deliveries for October and accept shoppers on Saturday, November 28 from 9-11am, our usual 4th Saturday distribution day.  Shoppers must maintain physical distancing and remain within their cars.  Volunteers will be required to wear masks and will bring pre-packaged bags to shoppers' cars.   Read more