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Helping Hands Food Pantry

The Helping Hands Food Pantry will temporarily be located in the W. Kable Russell Building (#7), Room #125. Contact for more information or questions!

About Helping Hands

Helping Hands provides Ocean County College and Kean Ocean students with non-academic support to help them succeed. In the pantry, we offer snacks, drinks, and meals to students in need.

Our office also provides resources for financial assistance, referrals for housing support, and more.

Online Ordering

Helping Hands is excited to offer online shopping using PantrySoft. This program gives students the ability to order food online from home and pick up their order the next time they are on campus.

Click here to create an account on PantrySoft

Need help creating an account? Stop by the pantry and staff members will be happy to assist!

Summer Hours!

9:00 am – 2:00 pm




The Ocean County Board of Social Services will be visiting OCC to assist students on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am – 4pm starting Feb 6th.

Students can make an appointment via QLess or walk-in to the Student Enrollment Building #9.

Students can make an appointment or walk-in in for help with:

  • Applying for Food Assistance
  • General Support
  • Help with NJ Family Care – Health Insurance
  • Utilities Assistance
  • Temporary Rental Assistance

Did You Know?

Helping Hands now has a “Grab and Go” section in the pantry. Students are able to heat up these meals right in the pantry! Or they can bring them home for an easy, delicious meal. Grab and Go’s include Cup of Noodles, Soup, Tuna Boxes, Mac and Cheese, and more!

NJ Child & Family Care

Children’s Home Society

Are you struggling with childcare expenses?
Do you want to become a childcare provider or have a friend or family member get paid to provide childcare for your kids?

If so, please visit the Children’s Home Society website to learn more about the services they offer.

NJ Child Care

Balancing location, cost, quality, and just feeling good about the child care provider can make this important decision challenging. New Jersey’s child care program under the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development can provide you with valuable information to help you make that selection. The state’s child care program can support you with information about applying for child care assistance, where to find child care, licensing and complaint data and what makes a quality program.

Visit Child Care NJ to learn more.

NJ Family Care

NJ Family Care is New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program and includes CHIP, Medicaid, and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services, and hospitalization

For more information, visit the NJ Family Care.

Are you a student, age 18 to 49 enrolled at least half-time in a college, university, community college, or business, technical, trade, or vocational school that requires a high school diploma?

If so, you may be eligible for food assistance through New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For More information visit the link below.

SNAP Benefits
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