CUMAC (Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community Ecumenically Concerned Helping Others (CUMAC/ECHO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding people and changing lives. Our team works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in northern New Jersey.
Food Pantry & Referral Office
CUMAC regularly fills over 3,000 requests for food a month for children, adults and seniors in need of regular and emergency assistance.
CUMAC serves as the largest food warehouse facility for Passaic County agencies, housing food and non-food items for over 50 area nonprofits. We serve as the drop off point and distribution center for local food pantries that cannot store or manage large shipments of food from corporate or government agencies.
The Community Closet is a resource for both disaster recovery and building the self-sufficiency of neighborhood residents. The Community Closet provides clothing and household items free of charge to victims of domestic violence, house fire, natural or other disaster in order to lessen the financial burden of their circumstance.
Pathways to Work
CUMAC participates in workforce training programs, including Welfare-to-Work, offering people experience in our warehouse, office, Community Closet, pantry or referral office to build many necessary job skills and move toward gainful employment.
Place of Promise
Place of Promise is a permanent supportive housing program which endeavors to serve men and women with disabilities who are chronically homeless.
Community Food Coalition
Keeping with the tradition of the Emergency Food Coalition, CUMAC has formed the Community Food Coalition (CFC), a collection of over 25 pantries and agencies committed to serving those in need in Passaic County and surrounding areas.
Seasonal Projects/Volunteer Opportunities
CUMAC runs seasonal projects to aid and support Paterson's most needy community members. CUMAC's seasonal projects include our annual school supply drive, meal-packaging events, special food collections for Thanksgiving, and a Holiday Wish List program providing gifts to over 1,000 children in need every year.
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Last Updated: 10/17/18