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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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The pandemic has taken a deep toll on the folks we see on our food lines and through our outreach – the vulnerable and underserved in Newark .

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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

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