Division of Food & Nutrition

The Division of Food & Nutrition strives to provide healthy

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food access to all residents of Jersey City. 

Our programs and services include:

  • Home-delivered senior meals program - Meals On Wheels

  • Senior congregate meals program

  • Adopt-a-Lot community garden programs

  • Buy Fresh & Buy Local at city Farmers Market

  • Summer Meal Program for school-aged children

  • WIC (Women Infant and Children) Clinic Support

  • Healthy Greens JC Community Vertical Farm Program

Local Foods, Local Places Grant

The Division of Food and Nutrition was awarded one of thirteen USDA and EPA grants, Local Foods - Local Places, in 2021 to focus on Jersey City's Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.

Read the full report and Action Plan here.  


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The Meals on Wheels program is available to homebound or bedridden seniors who cannot provide for their own nutritional needs. Meals are delivered to homes every week by a team of dedicated staff.
Apply online here.

Alternatively, you can download and print the APPLICATION. Once its completed you can mail to the address below.

Martin Luther King Jr. City Hall Annex
One Jackson Square
Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 547-6809
8am-4pm Mon-Fri

John Hanussak, Project Supervisor

The senior lunch, or Congregate Meal Program provides meals for more active non-homebound seniors 60 years old and over at Senior Lunch Sites citywide. These sites provide seniors with the opportunity to gather together and enjoy a hot meal with other community members.

9AM - 1PM Monday - Friday.

Please click below and fill out Intake Form:

Congregate Senior Intake Form

Contact Offer Cohen, RDN Nutrition Services Program Supervisor [email protected] 201-547-4927


Berry Gardens
92 Danforth Avenue
Marilyn, 201-706-4745

Boyd McGuiness
2555 Kennedy Boulevard
Sandra, 201-434-2227

Grace Senior Center
39 Erie Street
Joyce Davison, 201-659-2211

Holland Gardens
241 16 Street
Elizabeth Nunez, 201-296-2118

Hudson Gardens
29 Palisade Avenue
Mariela, 201-706-4773

Joseph Connors Senior Center
28 Paterson Street
Gina Martinelli, 201-420-7602

Maureen Collier Senior Center
335 Bergen Avenue
Cynthia Holloway, 201-957-5557

Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center
140 Martin Luther King Drive
Nakia, 201-892-9409 Ext: 3085

Ocean Towers
425 Ocean Avenue
Shaquanna, 201-763-6180

Villa Borinquen (PACO)
398 Grove Street
Ximena (Senior Lunch Aid), 201-600-5292

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Summer Meals is a federally-funded, state-administered program. Summer meals ensures that children and teens continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months.

Under Jersey City’s Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Food & Nutrition, free healthy breakfast and lunch meals are provided to children and teens 18 years of age and younger. The past two summers, over 200,000 breakfast and lunch meals were distributed to children all over Jersey City by more than 80 sites including schools, libraries, churches, organizations, daycares, summer programs and community centers.

The City of Jersey City in partnership with Hunger Free America is seeking Summer Associate members. The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in the Jersey City community through the Summer Food Service Program. 

Please review the Summer Associate job description and contact Morgan Spann, [email protected] or 201-547-5289 if you are interested.

Please note knowledge of Jersey City neighborhoods, a valid driver's license, and car are required for this position.


Farmers Market photoJersey City Farmers Markets are a great way for farmers to provide fresh and local products to customers. Local products are more sustainable as they are fresher, lasts longer, and tastes better. To ensure equitable access to fresh produce, all markets are required by City ordinance to accept WIC, SNAP, Senior Vouchers, and EBT.

We have received the 2022 Senior Nutrition Program Farmers Market voucher applications from the State of New Jersey.
2022 Senior Voucher Application
Aplicación en español para cupones de Los Mercados de Agricultores en Jersey City . 


Historic Downtown Farmers' Market
Grove Street Path Plaza 07302
All year long
Monday & Thursday 4 PM - 8 PM 

Van Vorst Park Farmers' Market
281 Montgomery Street 07302
All year long Saturday 8 AM - 2 PM 

The Journal Square Green Market
Bergen Avenue Pedestrian Mall
40 Journal Square Plaza 07306
June - Dec
Wednesday 2 PM - 7 PM

Riverview Farmers' Market
498 Palisade Avenue 07307
May - Nov
Sunday 10 AM - 2 PM 

Paulus Hook Farmers' Market
158 Washington Street 07302
All year long
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

Hamilton Park Farmers' Market
8th Street & Jersey Avenue 07302
May - Dec
Wednesday 4 PM - 7 PM 

Lincoln Park Farmers' Market
Corner of West Side Ave & Belmont Ave 07304
June - Nov
Sunday 10 AM - 2 PM 

Buy Fresh & Buy Local

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Jersey City farmers markets are open through December. Please bring a reusable shopping bag, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. WIC, Senior FMNP and SNAP/EBT are accepted. Click on the links below for up-to-date schedule and locations.


How to Start a Farmers Market:

  1. Non-profit organizations should send an email to the Jose Vargas, Healthy Food Access Coordinator at [email protected] with the Farmers’ Market proposal including layout/site map. Your organization will be sent the City’s COVID-19 Guidelines and contacted about scheduling a virtual meeting with the Healthy Food Access Coordinator and Division Director of Food and Nutrition.
  2. After a successful meeting, the organization will be able to contact Cultural Affairs to request a link via the DocuSign platform to the Special Events application.
  3. After Cultural Affairs has approved the application, the Healthy Food Access Coordinator will send a Vendors List application to the market manager.
  4. The market manager will submit the completed list to the Healthy Food Access Coordinator including all vendors and products to be sold.
  5. After the Division Director and Healthy Food Access Coordinator approve the vendors list, it will be sent to the Bureau of Licensing for appropriate permits.
  6. Once the permits are received by market managers, the Farmers’ Market can open.
community garden photoJersey City’s Adopt-A-Lot program gives non-profit organizations the opportunity to create a peaceful and enjoyable space for everyone to share. Community gardens are collectively managed by a group of at least five (5) people producing fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants. Gardens are required to keep their gates open for a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week from May 1st through and including November 30th. Gardens are required to post signage listing open hours, schedule of planned activities, and information on how to join the Garden, along with contact information.


Brunswick Community Garden
Jersey City Community Gardening, Inc.
174-176 Brunswick Street 07302
Saturday & Sunday 8AM - 6PM
[email protected]

Riverview Community Garden
Riverview Community Garden
285 Ogden Avenue 07307
Saturday & Sunday 10AM - 3PM
[email protected]

Ogden’s End Community Garden
Riverview Neighborhood Association
105 Ogden Avenue 07307
Wednesday 5:30 - 7PM & Saturday 9:30 - Noon
[email protected]

The Children’s Garden
Jersey City Moms Meet Up Group
280 Grove Street 07302
Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM
[email protected]

GNA Community Garden
Greenville Neighborhood Alliance, Inc.
81 Garfield Avenue 07305
[email protected]

Mandela Lot
Union Street Block Association
447 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive 07304
Mon., Wed. & Friday 7AM - 10AM
[email protected]

Questions? Please send an email to the Healthy Food Access Coordinator, Jose Vargas at [email protected] 

food pantry photoOur certified food pantries provide safe fruits, vegetables, and pantry items to underserved families and individuals across Jersey City. To bolster and protect our community's health, we guide and support organizations to become certified food pantries. We have 15 accredited food pantries citywide. They partner with food rescue organizations for certifications such as the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) or Table to Table. Our goal is to ensure all food pantries in Jersey City comply with food safety standards for distribution.

If you or your non-profit would like to know if you qualify to partner with the CFBNJ, email [email protected] or for Table to Table, email [email protected] You can also complete their online forms or contact our Healthy Food Access Coordinator to get more information on joining our certified food pantry community, email [email protected]

Download the list of Certified Food Pantries

Read the COVID-19 Food Distribution Policies


The Sharing Place, 440-448 Hoboken Ave.
Every 3rd Saturday 8AM-12PM

Our Lady Of Sorrows/Mary House, 93 Clerk St
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 2nd Saturday 9:30AM-1:00PM

Mt. Sinai Gospel Church, 27-53 Prescott Street
Every 3rd Saturday 10AM – 4PM

Triangle Park Comm Ct /Jersey City Episcopal CDC, 247 Old Bergen Road
Every 3rd Saturday 9:00AM – 1PM

George Pitchford Food Pantry, 492 Bramhall Ave
Every 3rd Saturday 8:30AM – 12:00PM

At The Feet Of Jesus Luke 1039, 273 Ocean Ave
Every 2nd Friday 12PM - 3PM

Cityline Church, 1510 Kennedy Blvd
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 8AM – 1PM

Jerusalem Baptist Church, 106-8 Atlantic Street
Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday 8AM – 1PM

Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave
Every last Saturday of the month 9AM – 12PM

St. Mary's Parish Food Pantry, 254 2nd Street & Erie
Every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 7AM - 9AM

Grace Community Services, 39 Erie Street
Saturdays and Sundays 7AM – 8:30AM

Salvation Army, 562 Bergen Avenue
Thursdays 9AM - 5PM

AngelaCARES Food Pantry, 696 Ocean Avenue
Every 3rd and 4th Friday 3PM – 5PM

Mount Pisgah Ame Food Pantry, 354 Forrest St.
Every 3rd Saturday 9AM – 1PM

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 85 Wayne Street
Every Saturday 10:00AM – 12:30PM


vertical farm photoThis first-of-its-kind urban indoor vertical farm brings fresh leafy greens to underserved communities. Membership is limited per location and is first-come-first-serve – our first two beta sites launched in late 2021 at Curries Woods and Marion Gardens in partnership with the Jersey City Housing Authority. For more information click here.

This membership program provides –

  • Free leafy greens
  • Nutrition and cooking workshops
  • Holistic health tips
  • Diagnostic health screenings for one year