Bite Size Volunteer Opportunities

Congratulations to Lilly Checkoff, who recently won our JFCS Teen Volunteering Video Contest on the theme “What Volunteering Means to Me.” Check out her wonderful video on volunteering here: https://vimeo.com/220967274 Proud of Lilly’s efforts to make a difference in our community!

Gardens for Good: Fruits & Veggies Needed for JFCS Food Pantry Clients By Laura Turkienicz

Food insecurity is a family’s inability to be able to deliver enough food to live a nourishing lifestyle. 1 in 8 people in the United States battle with hunger and the ability to provide nutritious foods at the dinner table.  Thousands in Southern New Jersey rely on our JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries each year, and JFCS is asking farmers and gardeners to share their surplus with our clients during these summer months, via the JFCS Gardens For Good produce donation program.

The importance of fruits and vegetables is essential. They contain vital vitamins, minerals and also provide fiber. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables helps fight against cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables do not contain cholesterol and are rich in potassium which helps keep blood pressures at a healthy rate.

Food insecurity can happen so quickly, due to unexpected events or accidents. Many families find it is an ongoing battle to choose between paying bills or buying healthy food.  Most of the time the family has to choose to pay bills, which affects their nutrition.  Since it is less expensive and easier to buy processed foods that are high in calories and fat, many families decides it makes more sense to turn to this option so they at least have food on the table. These types of foods can lead to serious health complications and can harm the growth of a child and their ability to learn and focus. The food born in our local gardens and farms, on the other hand, brings unparalleled nutrition.

JFCS wants your help to make a difference for these families and provide more produce to our food pantry clients.  During the summertime, local gardeners and farmers often find themselves with more produce than necessary. Instead of throwing away these foods, we can all choose to make a difference in the community.  JFCS hopes that the community considers donating fresh vegetables and fruit from your summer surplus to help our clients have nutritious food choices.  The JFCS Gardens for Good produce donation program can help bring nutrition and healthful living to those who are in desperate need.   For more information, or to schedule a produce drop-off from your garden /farm, contact Nina Staiman at 856-424-1333, nstaiman@jfedsnj.org.

 

 

Free Affordable Healthcare Assistance – May, June & July Dates Available

JFCS and JCC Present Project Rainbow End of Year LGBTQ Event – May 4

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event To Support Addiction Prevention – June 13

Please see full flyer below, and purchase your tickets for this event by going to www.justinforjustice.org.

 

Encore! Social Discussion Group for Widow/ Widowers May 17th!

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’ May 11th

Volunteer to Flag Veterans’ Graves on May 21st

See flyer below, or simply go to www.jfcssnj.org/flagging to register you and your family for this event.

Protect U and Yours: Keeping Your Children Safe from College Campus Assault – May 1st

Do you have a son or daughter attending college? Do you have a friend or relative with a child in college? Are you visiting colleges and trying to figure out which college is the best and safest fit for your child? Unfortunately, staying safe is an ongoing discussion that parents and students should be engaging in, all throughout the college experience.

On May 1st at 7 PM at the Katz JCC social hall, the JFCS Project SARAH Program encourages you to attend the free presentation of Protect U and Yours: Keeping Your Children Safe from College Campus Assault.

As of this year, the JFCS Project SARAH Program has presented to almost 1000 students in area high schools about sexual assault on college campus and how to protect them. According to surveys given out at those presentations, less than one percent inquired about – or knew – the sexual assault policy of the college they were thinking of attending. Additionally, only one percent of students said they had discussed consent in their households. Protect U and Yours will help parents and guardians answer the following, and help them to have conversations with their college-age children:

               Are you familiar with the ‘Yes means Yes’ affirmative consent law?

What does a college campus do to keep your children safe?

What are the students’ rights if they get assaulted at college?

How can safety planning, phone apps, and technology help keep students safe?

These questions and many more will be addressed at our Protect U and Yours program. Join us on May 1st, 7-9pm at the Katz JCC main social hall.  

Attendance is free, but registration is required online at:  JFCSSNJ.org/protectu.

The evening will include an engaging panel of experts, including a Title IX specialist and college detective. Be sure to stay for the cupcake bar, provided by JFCS’ very own Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program. 

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