5 Loaves Food Pantry

The pantry at Second Reformed Church, New Brunswick serves between 800 and 1,000 people monthly – over 350 families

The Pantry’s Mission is to provide supplemental foods to economically challenged families by providing a dignified shopping experience of dietary-balanced food staples, according to family size. The Pantry serves families in the Middlesex County.

The number of people in each family determines the number of points that can be spent in the pantry store in various categories:  proteins, beans, vegetables, fruits, rice, pasta, cereals and extra miscellaneous items, like condiments, toiletries, paper goods, etc. Eligibility is established by income and / or participation in federal or state social services for the unemployed or economically distressed.

5 Loaves started in 2009, modeled after the Crisis Ministry of Trenton / Princeton, allowing each family to “shop” by choosing from the shelves the food staples they want. No money exchanges hands. Spanish is spoken as well as English.

As of April 2014,  5 Loaves is seeking contributions to build its capacity:

Funds Needed

Remainder of 2014


To purchase food for distribution

$ 3,000

$ 12,000

To hire a part time coordinator

$ 25,000

$ 35,000

5 Loaves Pantry partners with M.C.F.O.O.D.S and the community Food Bank of New Jersey. It is run by volunteers from the Second Reformed Church and RISN House and the RU Muslim Student Association. Additional volunteers are needed. The supervisor of the food pantry is the Rev. Nancy Beardslee.


  • Bread Pantry Bread Pantry
  • Canned Goods Canned Goods
  • Grains and Cereals Grains and Cereals
  • Freezers Freezers


Would you like to donate to 5 Loaves Food Pantry?

1. You can donate through PayPal. Please click on the yellow “Donate” button in the upper right of this page. Please include “5 Loaves” in the “Instruction to” tab on the upper left corner when confirming your donation on PayPal.


2.You can send a check payable to Classis New Brunswick CDC. Please write “5 Loaves” in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to CNBCDC, 100 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Classis New Brunswick Community Development Corp. is assisting Second Reformed Church, New Brunswick in an initiative to expand the reach of  5 Loaves Food Pantry to include a delivery service for housebound seniors. The CDC works on grant writing and fund raising for this project.

Location The Second Reformed Church
100 College Ave, New Brunswick NJ 08901 
Parking On Mine St., next to the church
Summer Hours:  Begin April 22
Mon & Wed 6-8 pm 
Wish List


*Large deep freezer

*Two-sided “grocery store” shelving units

*Small shopping baskets /carts

*Electric stairwell chair

*Van to pick up weekly food supplies.

Food Items:


*Rice Mixes

*Canned meats

*Prepackaged pastas

*Vegetables and fruits

*Beans and Lentils




Partnering with churches to Transform Lives through community outreach & social justice programs in central New Jersey