The mission of the Health Department is to improve the health of the community by providing you with a comprehensive program of Public Health Services in the areas of environmental health, communicable disease, chronic illness and personal health. An Advisory Board of Health has been established to guide the operation of the Department of Health and make recommendations on health-related matters.

Clinical Services

The Health Department provides a variety of clinical services for residents. 

Food Pantry

The Borough of Hawthorne's Health Department also maintains a food pantry supported by donations from the community. Residents in need of assistance can request food from the Food Pantry by calling 973-427-4011. The Food Pantry stocks non-perishable food all year for Borough residents who are in need. The Food Pantry also accepts donations; please call the Health Department. The offices are open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, but you can leave a message with your name and phone number during non-business hours and you will be called back. 

Additional Food Pantries in the Borough:

St. Anthony Church - Food Pantry

St. Clement's Church - Martha's Pantry

Registrar of Vital Statistics

The Registrar of Vital Statistics maintains and provides copies of vital records, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates and burial permits, those of which took place in Hawthorne.

Animal Control

Animal Control Services are provided via contract with a private company. Information on the annual rabies clinic may be accessed in link below to Clinical Services. Dog and cat licenses are issued in the Health Office.


The Health Department issues a variety of licenses and permits for food and drink establishments, vending machines and other activities. Inspections are performed to ensure that the license and permit holders are operating in accordance with the applicable codes.