Township of Readington, New Jersey


Christine Dey, Director

The Social Services Office is available to anyone in the Readington Township community. Regular office hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Emergency services are available at all times.

We provide a variety of services to residents including assessment, information about programs and referral to community resources, including Readington Starfish. In addition, we offer help with applying to programs such as PAAD, Lifeline, Home Energy Assistance, Senior Tax freeze and many more. For information call the Social Services Office.

  • The Food Pantry will provide emergency food packages to families in need. Donations are accepted all year long. Readington Area Starfish holds food distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July.
  • Readington Starfish assists Township residents with emergency needs. Call to discuss your situation in confidence.
  • Need Transportation?
    Call the Hunterdon County LINK at 1-800-842-0531.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps low income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs. This year, the application period is October 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019. To apply for LIHEAP, contact Readington Township Social Service Office at 908-534-0974 or visit .

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. The chart below gives specific monthly gross income maximums for 2019. Persons who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible unless they pay for their own heating costs directly to the fuel supplier. The amount of the LIHEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and heating region. The medically necessary cooling assistance benefit amount will be $200.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)


Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $2,024
2 $2,744
3 $3,464
4 $4,184
5 $4,904
6 $5,624
7 $6,344
8 $7,064
9 $7,784
10 $8,162
11 $8,332
12 $8,502

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $170 for each additional member.

Universal Service Fund (USF)

Is a program created by the State of New Jersey to help make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households. If you are eligible, USF can lower the amount you pay for gas and electricity. To be eligible, a household gross income must be at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level, (please refer to income guidelines listed below), and pay more than 3% of its annual income for electric, or more than 3% for natural gas. If a household has electric heat, it must spend more than 6% of its annual income on electricity to be eligible.

To apply for USF, contact Readington Township Social Service Office at 908-534-0974 or visit 

USF (Universal Service Fund)


Household Size Monthly Gross Income
1 $1,771
2 $2,401
3 $3,031
4 $3,661
5 $4,291
6 $4,921
7 $5,551
8 $6,181
9 $6,811
10 $7,441
11 $8,071
12 $8,701

Note: To determine eligibility for household sizes greater than 12, add $630 for each additional member


Dear All,

Readington Township Social Services wishes to THANK everyone who participated in our
Holiday Adopt a Family Program. This year 164 individuals were generously remembered by the community members of Readington Township! Families, children, individuals with disabilities and seniors were recipients of wonderful, thoughtful and caring gifts that reflected a balance between the needs of our families and the very special wishes of our children.

Your response and generosity to our community was overwhelming. Thank you to all our Secret Santas for your donations of clothing, food, toys, gift cards and even Christmas trees to help make this holiday season a very joyous occasion. Your contributions of self and time during this very busy season were gratefully appreciated.

A big heartfelt thank you to the Bishop Edward T. Hughes Knights of Columbus Council #15540, St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church, who again made a special donation of children’s coats in support of Coats for Kids. This allowed children to receive brand new winter coats just in time for the cold winter months.

It is always difficult to capture exactly what your generosity meant to our recipient families. They were touched by the knowledge that they are not alone with their challenges and that there is hope. Even though you could not experience their appreciation first hand our families shared their appreciation and thanks in many ways. As is our tradition, we wish to share some of them with you.

Dear Secret Santa,

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this the best Christmas of my life. I am overwhelmed by the generosity. I have never received so many gifts. Thank you all so much.”

“Hope your Holidays have been as joyous as you have made mine. Thank you so very much.”

“Thank you so much for blessing my family! You made my children’s Christmas! God Bless!

“Please tell my Secret Santa I am very thankful for the clothing and gift cards. The very fact that I was remembered as a veteran was very satisfying.”

“You made ours a wonderful Christmas wishing you the same.”

“I cannot believe this is for me-no one has done anything like this before. Thank you for making my year.”

“My comforter is so beautiful, it makes my place look nice. I am so thankful for everything.”

“Merry Christmas to you and your family and a safe New Year. Thank you for making my Christmas good and for all your help.”

“My name is-most blessed person on Earth. I am all alone with no family, but I have a guardian angel in you, my Secret Santa. You joyfully and generously showered me with gifts for Christmas. You took away my loneliness and made me feel important, needed and loved again, like it used to be with my family. A thank you is just the beginning. Every time I wear an outfit, jacket, special socks, I ‘ll remember you. Every time I put a puzzle together, my favorite by the way, I’ll remember you. I’m called, the Puzzle Queen, but it’s a puzzle to me how you knew what I needed and wanted. I guess that’s why you are known as the Secret Santa. Thank you very much with gratefulness in my heart.”
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!!
Readington Township Social Services

2019 Starfish Holiday Happenings-Volunteers needed!

Readington Area Starfish was started by a consortium of local churches and is a community-based volunteer organization that operates an emergency food pantry, assists local residents with emergency needs and provides holiday food to families in need.

Help is always needed to sort, bag and deliver holiday food. Bring a friend and join Readington Starfish at any of the times listed below. It is not necessary to sign up. All activities take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Route 523 and Pulaski Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Just have a small amount of time…volunteer to do a local delivery for someone who can’t pick up their food. Come to Our Lady of Lourdes at 5:30 on distribution night (April 17, 2019) and let us know you’d like to deliver.

If you have questions, contact Readington Township Social Services at 908 534-0974.

Easter Food Distribution Schedule

April 14, 2019, 6 pm Set up Hall
April 16, 2019, 9 am Sort Food
April 17, 2019 9 am Pack Food
5 p.m. Pack perishables
5:30 pm Distribtion


Do you know anyone in the community who needs a holiday meal? Please contact Social Services at (908) 534-0974 and our office will contact the individual or family to discuss our programs!!


Readington Starfish accepts food and monetary donations. Donations can be made through local churches, dropped off at the Municipal Building (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or mailed directly to Readington Area Starfish Treasurer, 42 School Rd., Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889.


Social Services
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
509 Route 523
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

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Phone: (908) 534-4051
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Address: 509 Route 523
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889