The MCFOODS Distribution Center, located in East Brunswick, is open weekday mornings for registered members of our network, including food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies in Middlesex County, to access foods and necessities.
We provide our partners with canned and packaged nonperishable foods as well as fresh bread, produce, frozen and dairy items. We also offer personal care, hygiene and household items when available.
MCFOODS collaborates with the Community FoodBank of NJ, NJ Farmers Against Hunger and many other local retailers, wholesalers and distributors in an effort to make more healthy, fresh and nutritious food available for food insecure Middlesex County residents.
Sometimes the food we distribute is nearing the best-used-by date. It is important to understand the terminology used in product dating such as sell by, use by and best by. Most shelf stable food items are safe for consumption well past these dates. We have compiled some useful information on product dating for your reference. Please see the statement from the County Health Department and these English and Spanish flyers regarding product dating and food safety. The Community Food Bank of NJ also compiled this helpful guide on product dating and the shelf life of various food items.
If your food pantry, soup kitchen or social service organization would like to become a member of the MCFOODS network, please see the attached requirements and return the necessary information to the director at Jennifer.Apostol@co.middlesex.nj.us.
Community Food Bank of NJ Membership
In addition to the supplies offered through MCFOODS, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has many additional resources available to food pantries and soup kitchens that become members with them such as free food made available through the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and Commodities Program. Information on these programs and other programs can be found on the SFPP website.