Supporting Elijah’s Promise


Questions about volunteering? Contact us at!

Please note the following volunteer guidelines and process as we open back up:

The health and safety of our clients and volunteers is our top priority. Should you be exhibiting the following symptoms please do not sign up to volunteer: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, new loss of taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, diarrhea. Masking is mandatory for all volunteers for purposes of food safety.

We ask that all volunteers wear closed toed shoes as well as long pants for safety purposes.

We do not honor court ordered service hours because of the legal obligations it requires and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and anyone under 18 must come with a guardian. When signing up a minor, you must secure an individual volunteer slot for both the adult and child.

Please expect to be on your feet for the entirety of your shift.

All available shifts are listed as is.

Sign up for a shift here:

For social service inquiries, please contact

Other Ways to Help

Monetary donations are the best way to contribute to our mission at this time, especially as monthly gifts as we continue to see unprecedented need at the Community Soup Kitchen.


We can help spread your dollars the furthest while you can spend time organizing any of the below activities and education opportunities.

Thank you!

How to support Elijah’s Promise and community food security

Donations can be dropped off at 18 Neilson St between 8-12:30pm Mon-Sun including holidays. For donations of perishable foods or 100+ items, please contact in advance.

All other donations, please do not call in advance. Below are items on our wishlist!


Chef Curtis’s Wishlist:

Industrial size cans of…

  • Tuna
  • Chick Peas
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Peas & Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Watter Bottles

Hygiene Kits:

Please pack kits including travel size items of…

  • Shaving Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Floss
  • Soap / Shampoo + Hand Towel
  • Water Bottles

Utensil Bundles:

Please bundle the following items…

  • Disposable Fork
  • Disposable Spoon
  • Wrapped in Napkin
  • Tied with String
  • No knives please

Lunch Bags:

Please prepare the following items on a disinfected surface while wearing gloves…

  • Healthy Snack (Non-Perishable Fruit Cup, Granola Bar or Chips)
  • Drink (Water Bottle)
  • Sandwich (Deli meat with or without cheese)

Snack Packs:

Please do not seal snack packs so that our staff can add sandwiches and other items.

Packs of healthy and filling snacks such as…

  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts
  • Fruit & Vegetable Pouches or Cups
  • Fruit Snacks
  • 100% Juice
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter To-Go Cups
  • Muffins

Snack Pack Sample:

Watch Then Act

For Kids and Families:

  • Watch the CNN/Sesame Street racism town hall with your children and use.
  • These lessons and activities from Food Span are an excellent resource for learning about what it takes for food to make it from the farm to your fork, including the racial and economic disparities across different sectors of the food system.

For Anybody:

  • Watch these TED Talks: Food, Race, and Justice by Malik Yankini and The Underlying Racism of America’s Food System by Regina Bernard-Carreno.
  • Think about the problems in your food system. Food waste? Unfair wages for workers? Lack of adequate protection for workers’ health and safety? Not enough access to local healthy foods? Use this worksheet from Food Span to think through problems and potential solutions and be in touch with us at if you want to talk about how to take action towards food justice.

For Students:

  • Watch Fed Up, a documentary about the ways our food system is designed to encourage us to eat unhealthy foods, how this disproportionately affects people of color, and how it manifests in schools, grocery stores, and beyond.
  • Sign up to receive notifications about our high school School Food Recovery Internship program. The program is open to any New Jersey high school students. Information will begin to be shared when guidance on school reopening becomes available later in the summer. Email for more information on the internship and how to make school food systems more just.
  • College students: does your school have a Food Recovery Network or similar initiative to donate surplus food? What about Swipe Out Hunger? Learn more about college food insecurity and contact for more information on how to make college food systems more just.