Emergency Food Bags for Homeless (EHAP)

EHAP is in need of food for emergency food bags that they distribute to the homeless in our area. Food items include: peanut butter and crackers, tuna fish and cracker combo, canned food with easy to open lids, bags of nuts/trail mix, slim jims, etc. Basically, any non-perishable food items that are ready to eat and easy to carry. These items can be packaged together in gallon/freezer ziplock bags. If you are comfortable picking up some of these items when you are grocery shopping, please contact the church office to schedule drop-off.

Financial Support for Local Feeding Efforts

Open Door Food Donations 

We are currently collecting money to support the efforts of Open Door and EHAP. You can contribute online on our Give page. Look for the fund labeled "Local Freehold Charities".

Our Local and Global Impact

The Maker's Place

Serving low income families in Trenton by collecting and distributing diapers.

Local Missions

In the winter months, we open our church to the Sanctuary Program, which provides breakfast, lunch, and a warm place for members of the community. All year long, we collect offerings of food to donate to Open Door, the Freehold food pantry. Other projects include collecting back-to-school outfits for families in need and youth group projects ranging from baby welcome kits to boxes of tissue for local classrooms. The congregation supports organizations such as Camden Neighborhood Center, Maker's Place Trenton, and Habitat for Humanity of Western Monmouth, the Freehold Clergy Association's Hospitality Program for local homeless men, and the Sanctuary Breakfast program.

Special Collections

The church collects designation mission offerings every month and participates in collections such as "Flood Buckets" (clean-up supplies) for UMCOR, school supplies and Christmas Gifts for Amistad children, and food items for Open Door Food Pantry.

CROP Hunger Walk

Looking to make a difference in our local community and in communities worldwide, the Freehold CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger.  A portion of the funds go to local non-profits, like Freehold Open Door.


Every year Freehold  and some 1,000 other communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Ending hunger one step at a time."  Many of the Walkers will be wearing t-shirts proclaiming their solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live -- as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites here in the U.S.  These local ministries share in the funds raised by CROP Hunger Walks.


From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks are fighting hunger.

In 2019, we packed 10,152 meals for Rise Against Hunger

Our church offers support for global special projects through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and local opportunities such as Freehold Open Door, Habitat for Humanity and the Emergency Housing and Advocacy Program (EHAP). We also contribute financially to local and global missions through monthly communion offerings.
Our members volunteer their time and gifts through mission in many ways:















If you would like more information about being involved in some of our hands-on efforts, please contact the church office at fholdumc@aol.com. We are always open to expanding our outreach! 

© 2018 First United Methodist Church of Freehold, NJ


91 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church:

Legal Department, GCFA Post Office Box 340029 Nashville, TN 37203-0029 Phone: 615-369-2334 



  • Youtube Channel
  • Instagram
  • Facebook Social Icon