Grace Place Ecumenical Food Pantry - Serving Our Community
Job loss, layoffs, prolonged illness, injuries, and other emergencies put families in our community in stressed financial situations every day. Grace Place Ecumenical Food Pantry is dedicated to providing food to supplement families in need within the area of Somers Point, Linwood, and Northfield. Grace Place also distributes food baskets during the holidays.
Housed in Grace Lutheran Church, Grace Place is supported by other local area churches: Christ Episcopal, St. Joseph Roman Catholic, United Methodist of Somers Point, Mission Point of Somers Point, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Seaview Baptist, and Friends Meeting churches. The main pantry, freezer room, and two storage rooms are located adjacent to Fellowship Hall on the lower level of Grace Lutheran and are staffed entirely by volunteers from the local churches. The Pantry has been in operation for over 30 years and is indebted to the late Mort & Jeanelle B. who coordinated pantry operations for its first 18 years. Many dedicated volunteers have carried on the mission since. Current volunteers include Elizabeth, Mary, Floyd, Al, Chuck, Dale & Karen, Jayne, Susan, George, Linda, John, Aud, and Jim & Edna. In 2023, Grace Place served approximately 1,781 families in the Northfield, Linwood, and Somers Point area and provided over 135 holiday baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
You Can Help by donating non-perishable foods, household products, and personal care items. Grace Place is always in need of canned goods (such as soup, beef stew, baked beans, ravioli, chili), packaged goods (crackers, cold cereals, tea bags), and day-to-day items (bar soap, toilet paper). Monetary contributions are also welcome and can assist Grace Place in purchasing discount food items from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. Check the updated list at the top of the page for our most current needs.
The Pantry is staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Grace Place is normally closed on the first full week of the month. Donations may be dropped off during operating hours. If you wish to donate, but Pantry hours conflict with your work schedule, you may drop off donations before Sunday church services in the Narthex or Fellowship Hall next to the Food Pantry. Monetary donations may be mailed or dropped off in the church office.
For further information about Grace Place Ecumenical Food Pantry, please contact the pantry during its hours of operation at 927-9982.