The mission of the Flemington Area Food Pantry (FAFP) is to feed the hungry with respect and compassion by providing gratis supplemental groceries and personal care products to over 3,200 qualified needy Hunterdon County residents. 150 dedicated volunteers ranging in age from 10 to 95 (and two part-time employees) help serve those in need of emergency food supplies. The FAFP was founded in the basement of the Flemington Methodist Church in 1982 and has moved five times, evolving into bigger buildings. The need for supplemental food continues to increase in our county and the FAFP strives to improve the nutritious quality of food for our clients.
Our clients are families, seniors, and individuals who simply cannot make ends meet and may experience reduced healthy or protein-rich food intake due to limited resources. Clients include underemployed, unemployed, retired, homeless, veterans, families escaping abuse, medically or mentally fragile, people living in government-supported motels or apartments, and simply long-time resident of Hunterdon County struggling to remain in their own homes. They represent many nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common; they do not have the resources to buy the food they need to subsist and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Our clients fall into two categories: those that receive assistance a maximum of twice a month, or those in an emergency situation (like when they receive a high heating bill or are temporarily unemployed).
In either case, they are greeted with a friendly, supportive smile.