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For more than 15 years, Franciscan Charities has tended to the critical needs of the poor in Newark’s Central Ward, providing meals, clothing, advice and healing.

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Our volunteer corps has grown from a handful to hundreds each year. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

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We’re committed to feeding our neighbors throughout these difficult times. Every dollar counts.

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light up the holidays for our neighbors!

For the folks we see on our food lines and through our outreach – the vulnerable and underserved in Newark – the holidays are often sparse. A warm coat, a special meal or one new toy or gift can be a treasure.

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Change Lives

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.

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At Franciscan Charities, we believe in the dignity of a hot meal, the comfort of a safe space, and the power of a kind word.

Our Results

Since 2004, Franciscan Charities has tended to the critical needs of the poor -- providing hot meals, clothing the cold, supplying food pantry items, rendering advice and supporting families. Our numbers tell the story.

Served over
1 million meals
Worked with thousands of volunteers
Supplied more than 1000 school backpacks
Distributed more than 20,000 winter coats, gear and toys
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Meet Brother Paul

Paul Miller, OFS, started Franciscan Charities in 2004 with the belief that each person should have a warm, welcoming place to eat and be treated with dignity and kindness. From day one Brother Paul set the tone. If you come through our doors, hungry in anyway, we will feed you. We will help you. We will hug you. No questions asked.

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Thank You to our Partners and Sponsors

Audible
Newark Working Kitchens
MEND
Moms Helping Moms
CFBNJ
Bridges
County Concrete
Holiday Express
Wells Fargo
Gargiulio Produce
Order of Malta
Habitat for Humanity
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