The main GWCM Food Pantry is located at:
330 E. Barber & Evergreen Avenues, Woodbury, NJ 08096
The pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am – 11:00am
A second food pantry is located at:
Colonial Manor Methodist Church,
56 Elberne Avenue & Tatum St Colonial Manor, NJ 08096
The pantry is open Saturdays Only 9:30am – 11:00am
Clients may attend & register at either food pantry location. Clients are provided with non-perishable foods collected by the various churches or dropped off at the pantries. Meats and fresh fruits and vegetables (and other food as needed) are purchased using financial donations. We also receive state and federal subsidized food through the Food Bank of South Jersey.
During the first year of Covid (2020) we served nearly three times as many people as the year before. Each year since has seen record numbers of families reach out to GWCM for food assistance.
Pre-Covid we served less that 3,000 families during a year (2019). Those numbers rose to over 5,100 families in 2021, over 6,300 families in 2022, and 9,300 families in 2023. These families include 12,900 children and 21,500 adults (2023). We have also seen a rise in the size of the families we have served in 2023 vs 2022 (3.7 ppl/hhd vs 3.5).
Each Thanksgiving, we have been able to provide our client families with a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday meal. At Christmas, a variety of gifts have been provided to each man, women & child member of our client families. And in the Spring, we have provided bras for women and boxers for men.
Thank you for your generous support that made this possible and to the many volunteers who generously give of their time and energy.
1. You will be asked to show proof of residency at each visit. You may use a driver's license, recent utility bill, a check stub from Social Services, or a currently dated lease.
2*. Our clients living in Woodbury, Woodbury Heights, Deptford, West Deptford, National Park, Wenonah, or Westville will receive a full assortment of groceries. Those from other NJ towns will receive a one-time emergency allotment of food.
3. A computerized information form will be updated at each visit, including current information about income, number of people in household, and need status.
4*. There is a maximum allowable gross income guide based on the number of family members (these limits will be available during interview).
5*. For children in your household, providing school lunch letters from the school will enable clients to receive summer lunch boxes and holiday gifts.
6*. Families must wait 30 days before they can return to the food pantry.