Welcome to Bessie Green Community, Inc.


Known among our neighbors as “The Red Door,” Bessie Green Community has been serving the underprivileged of Newark, New Jersey, since 1978.


Our soup kitchen in Newark, NJ, is just one of our many popular programs. Providing hot meals, clothing, and bags of food, Bessie Green Community seeks to fulfill its mission statement of: Feeding, clothing, and supporting our neighbors with compassion and dignity.

We develop resources in response to felt needs

Learn more about the variety of programs we’ve designed to empower our neighbors

Clothing Barn

Our clothing barn provides gently-used clothes and footwear to our neighbors that ranges from casual to business attire enabling our neighbors to have clothing appropriate for job interviews, family events, or other occasions.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry is Open Daily Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m..

The food for our pantry is donated by local churches, companies, businesses, and individuals. While we welcome donations of food, it is important to remember that many of our neighbors do not have access to cooking facilities, making it beneficial to have food which does not need to be heated. It is also important to realize that often recipients do not have can openers.

We provide food pantry bags for seniors to meet special dietary needs.

Soup Kitchen

Due to covid 19 we provide grab & go breakfast and lunch meals, daily Monday - Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm.

All are welcome to our table, at no charge.

Our History

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How many people can one fur coat feed and clothe? Well, if it’s the legendary fur coat donated in the 1970s, the answer is thousands.

Legend has it that in 1978, Bessie Green, then a member of the North Reformed Church in Newark, New Jersey, realized that if her fur coat was sold, the money could be used to purchase coats and food for the homeless and underprivileged of Newark. She then donated her fur coat to be used for that purpose.

While that story may or may not be completely true, Mrs. Green did plant the seed which became Bessie Green Community, Inc.

Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity in 1978, Bessie Green Community, Inc., began serving its neighbors by opening a clothing barn, soup kitchen, and food pantry.

Today, we continue to provide food and clothing to our neighbors, at no charge. We rely solely on donations from area churches, companies, businesses, and individuals to continue these services. We receive no funding from local, county, state, or federal sources.

Mission Statement

Feeding, clothing, and supporting our neighbors with compassion and dignity

Vision Statement

Someday all of our neighbors will be fed, clothed, and empowered to succeed.