Center For Food Action: Action beyond the Bag-Emergency Services Program

CFA: Action beyond the Bag-Emergency Services Program


  1. Every 30 days, clients are eligible to call to schedule an appointment to receive a 7 day food package containing enough food for each person in their household.
  2. Utility Assistance: Once every 365 days up to 3 times, clients with a shut off notice or clients with their utilities already shut off can receive a payment of up to $300.00 towards their utility bill. Eligible clients that are out of heating oil can receive the minimum delivery.
  3. Late Rent Assistance: Once every 365 days, up to 3 times, clients with a court ordered eviction notice or lock out can receive a payment of up to $1,500 towards rental arrears.
  4. Security Deposit & First Month’s Rent Assistance: Clients who are homeless or who wish to move into more affordable housing can receive a payment of up to $1,800 towards their security deposit or $1,500 towards their first month’s rent. Clients are eligible for future security deposit assistance if at least 80% is returned to CFA upon vacating the apartment.


Program rules:

*Provision of all services is subject to the availability of funds.

*Services only, walk-ins will not be admitted.

*All clients must be under 300% of the poverty level (See table below).

*Clients assisted by special grants are subject to the rules of those grants.

*Clients must live in Bergen County or upper Passaic County (excludes Paterson and the City of Passaic).

*Clients will be assisted in the order in which they contact CFA.

*Utility, rent and security deposit services will only be provided when a household can provide proof of financial and resource stability going forward.

*Utility, rent and security deposit assistance payment checks are written out and mailed directly to the landlord or utility company and not to the client.

*CFA reserves the right to deny service for any reason allowed by law including visible intoxication and violent behavior.


Household Size 1-$3,035

Household Size 2-$4,115

Household Size 3-$5,195

Household Size 4-$6,275

Household Size 5-$7,355

Household Size 6-$8,435

Household Size 7-$9,515

Household Size 8-$10,595

Required Documents (All clients):

*Picture ID for head of household

*ID for all household members (Social Security cards and/or birth certificates preferred)

*Proof of address for all household members (Example: utility bill, school records)

*Proof of income for all household members; must include:

Employment/Unemployment income:

-Last 4 pay stubs for all working household members

-Official company letterhead stating: date of hire and start date, number of hours, hourly wage or yearly salary, temporary or permanent status, signature and phone number of supervisor or

-Unemployment claim and letter from previous employer with above information including date of termination

*All benefits including: Social Security, Child Support, SSDI, SSI, TANF, GA, SNAP, etc.

*Most recent tax return, if available

*Most recent checking and savings statement, if available

*Proof of why you fell behind (Example: medical bills, care repair)

Additionally Required (By Service):

Utility Assistance:

-Shut-off notice

Late Rent Assistance:

-Court-ordered eviction notice

First Month’s Rent:


*Name, address and phone number of future landlord

*Receipt for security deposit and realtor’s fee

Security Deposit Assistance (Non-Section 8):


-Name, address and phone number of future landlord

-Receipt for first month order made out to new landlord

Security Deposit Assistance (Section 8):


-Name, address and phone number of future landlord

-Section 8 Voucher

-Request for Tenancy Approval

-Inspection Checklist

-Lead Paint Assessment

Emergency Services Client Guide 2018:

Englewood (Headquarters)

192 West Demarest Avenue

(201) 569-1804

M-F 9-5

Bergen Community College (With BCC ID Only)

Student Exchange Center

(201) 447-7191


239 Anderson Avenue

(201) 945-5831

M, Tu, Thu 9:30-5:00pm


316 First Street

(201) 883-9375

M-Th 9:30-3:30, F 9:30-2:30pm


90 Ridge Road

(201) 529-2029

M 10-6:30pm, Tu-F 10-2pm

Palisades Park (Korean language services)

7 Broad Avenue #201

(201) 956-7630

M, F 10-4pm


145 Carletondale Road

(201)  529-2029

Saddle Brook

224 Midland Avenue

(201) 703-9857

M, W-F 9:30-3:30pm, Tu 12-6pm

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CFA pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call them directly for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Center For Food Action: Action beyond the Bag-Emergency Services Program

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the CFA directly for more information on all of their programs.

    Liked by 1 person

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