Local COVID-19 Response Efforts

Food Insecurity Efforts

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 Pastor Wil to schedule drop-off.

Financial Support for Local Feeding Efforts

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

Open Door Food Deliveries 

Open Door is transitioning to doing home delivery. If you have a need for food or would like to volunteer as a delivery driver, please contact Pastor Wil. Open Door is taking every precaution to keep clients and volunteers safe.

Open Door Ready-Made Food Bags 

Above is a sample bag you can put together for Open Door. If you are able to make donations of ready-made bags, please follow these guidelines. In addition to the items sen in the picture, bags should include:

  • Peanut butter

  • Jelly

  • Protein soup

  • Veggies

  • Ready snacks; snack bars, bags, fruit

Support for Healthcare Professionals and Patients

Our Local and Global Impact

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 Open Door, Habitat for Humanity and Amistad. 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! 

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.


Amistad (friendship in Spanish) is an outreach ministry of the First United Methodist in Freehold serving the greater Freehold area. Amistad supports Hispanic children and their families as they integrate in the local community through education, health and advocacy programs including after-school tutoring, ESL (children & adults), advocacy, summer children's program, nutrition & parenting classes and more.

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