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Helping Hands Food Pantry

At Helping Hands we provide Ocean County College and Kean Ocean students with non-academic support to help them succeed. In the food 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.

If you, or a student you know, needs assistance with basic needs, come by the center located in the Library (Bldg. #3),
Room 017, or contact us at or 732-255-0400 ext. 2205.

Helping Hands accepts donations all year. Please contact Kate Moreno at to schedule a drop-off for all donations. Special arrangements are available for larger donations. Monetary donations can be made online at Please choose “Helping Hands” from the drop-down menu.

During off-hours, donations can be dropped off at the Student Life Box Office located in the Larson Student Center, Building #8.

Hours for the Food Pantry Spring Hours

Monday to Thursday – 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday – Hours Vary-Please call prior to visit

Summer Hours
Beginning 5/16/22

Tuesdays – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursdays – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed: Mon/Wed/Fri
Emergency visits during off hours, please contact:
Student Life Office – 732-255-0348 or email:

Helping Hands food pantry collection box full of food donations
Jackie Liguori, Toni Pitts, Jan Kirsten, and Kimberly Malony, at the warmest wishes coat drive

Donating to Helping Hands

  • Cheese/Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Beef Jerky
  • Applesauce Cups/ Pouches
  • Pudding/ jello
  • Granola Bars
  • Pasta
  • Soups
  • Individually packed nuts/ trail mix
  • Fruit snacks
  • Canned vegetables/ fruit
  • Instant Macaroni & Cheese
  • Chips/ pretzels/ goldfish
  • Bottled juices/ Gatorade/ Powerade
  • Bottled water
  • Jarred/ canned pasta sauce
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal/ cereal
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Gas cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Gift cards
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Napkins
  • Disposable plates and bowls

Our pets need care too! We are accepting all types of pet food and supplies!

Upcoming Events & Information

This is a program on OCC’s campus designed to provide services to individuals who have lost their primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability, or death of the primary family provider, and to help them become economically self-sufficient.

Helping Hands is creating baskets to benefit the Displaced Homemakers program on campus. Sign up here if you would like to contribute!

Donations can be brought to Helping Hands in the Library Building #3, Room 017.
Please have them in by May 16th.

Wednesday, May 4th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, the mobile pantry will be on campus. Options are available to apply for SNAP benefits.

Location: Parking Lot 1 – Outside of the Library Building #3

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?

For more information regarding these services, visit the Children’s Home Society website.


Student Eligibility

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). SNAP is a federal program that can help individuals and families with low incomes buy the groceries they need to eat healthily. Eligibility depends on several factors like income, household size, resources, etc.

In addition to income eligibility factors, students also must fit at least ONE of the following requirements:

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 the Child Care NJ page to learn more.

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 web page.


Kate Moreno
Coordinator of Student Basic Needs
732-255-0400 ext. 2205

Follow Us

Find us on Facebook: @OCCHelpingHands
Or on the Ocean County College app: “Helping Hands”

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