Human Services

Food Pantry

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Human Services

The Human Service Department offers social services, assistance and referrals to our residents. Our department has assisted over 200 Fair Lawn families and residents. We have handed out over 5,900 bags of food, backpacks filled with school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gifts for children.

Food Pantry

Funded entirely by private donations, our food pantry is utilized on a regular basis by many Fair Lawn families who receive food and personal products and when necessary.

Donations of food and personal products for the pantry are accepted year round and can be delivered to the basement of Borough Hall and left outside of the pantry if it is closed. For large donations, please call before delivery. Please follow this link for information about Holiday Donations.

Donations of gift cards and food earmarked for employees affected by the federal shutdown will be available for both Fair Lawn and Glen Rock residents. If these donations are not utilized then they will eventually be available for clients of the food pantry. 

In the Spring and Summer our food pantry supplies become critically low. Donations of Macaroni & Cheese, Chef Boyardee, Peanut Butter and Jelly, canned tuna, beverages, snacks and personal products are very necessary during this period of time. The Human Services clerk can always give you updated information on what items are most needed.

Monetary donations are accepted and checks should be made payable to "Fair Lawn Human Services Trust".

Please visit our Facebook page for the most up to date information.

Please follow this link if your family would like to apply for Human Services assistance. 

Holiday & Special Programs

During the Summer we collect school supplies which will be distributed to children in late August. We only accept new and unused items. Many of the students that we help are in Middle and High School and can use binders, multi-subject notebooks, folders, pens, flash drives and mechanical pencils the most. 

The Holiday Food Drive aims to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for our needy families as well as stocking the food pantry for the winter months. Thanksgiving Baskets are normally assembled the week prior to Thanksgiving and donations of holiday-specific items are requested by then so that they can be included in the baskets. 

The Holiday Gift Drive involves items from children’s wish lists being placed on our bulletin board where residents can stop by room 109 in the Municipal Building or view the wish list on Amazon and pick what they would like to purchase.

Santa Boone

Operation Santa Boone is a special event run in conjunction with the Police Department and Fair Lawn's Volunteer Emergency Services. Operation Santa Boone Page

Mini-Bus

The Fair Lawn Mini-bus is free for borough residents. Further information can be found by visiting the Minibus page

For residents requiring door-to-door pick up for Doctor visits outside of Fair Lawn, please contact Bergen County Transportation at 201-368-5955.

Workers For A Fee

Human Services has a listing of various home services' providers to be mailed upon request. This is a resource list only, providers are not employed by this office nor are they screened by office staff. The following provider categories are: companions, certified aides, drivers for a fee, seamstresses, carpet cleaning, yard work, odd jobs, hairdressers, snow removal, medical transportation, shopping and housekeepers.    

Bergen County Home Improvement Program

Can't afford needed home improvements? it's time to get HIP! Follow the link for more information on the Bergen County Home Improvement Program. 

Meals on Wheels

Nutritionally sound, low sodium/low fat meals. Bergen County Meals on Wheels Program: 201-336-7420

Kosher Meals on Wheels: 201-796-5151

Medical Equipment

Some types of medical equipment are available on a temporary basis through the Fair Lawn Ambulance Corps

Low-Cost Broadband

Follow this link for information on Low-Cost Broadband made available for students and their families.

Low Income & Disabled Pool tags

Registration begins June 2020. You must be a Fair Lawn resident between the ages of 18-64 and be both permanently disabled and low income. 

You will be required to complete an application and submit the following: 2020 SSI (not SSD) STATEMENT or PROOF OF DISABILITY ALONG WITH PROOF OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE (Food Stamp, TANF, Public Housing award letter for current year) along with proof of address. We are unable to process your application without these items.

Additional Resources

  • Bergen County Social Services (Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid, Family Care, etc.)
  • Bergen Community Action Partnership(Home Energy Assist, Homelessness Prevention, New Americans Program, etc.)
  • NJ Transit