Help JFCS Meet Increased Need for Food this Summer
Posted by JFCS ADVOCATE
At last national data collection, 5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.1 million) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times. Additionally, 57.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of these three major federal food assistance programs – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. With the summer upon us, and many families lacking the support of the National School Lunch Program, there will be a higher demand for food pantry items, and gift cards for perishable food. The hard truth is, with more mouths at home to feed, the family who struggles for food is facing more of an uphill battle.
Last summer, the JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries served 1,169 adults, seniors, and children. The need is expected to be the same, if not slightly increased this season. JFCS plans to rise to the challenge with a combination of support from donations from the community, JFCS staff, and volunteers. “We work hard to provide more food for families with children, to fill the void that is created when school is out and subsidized programs are not available,” says JFCS Director of Volunteers, Andi Loew. “Can you imagine as a parent, making the choice between feeding a child a meal, or paying the rent? These difficult decisions are seen daily by JFCS clients. Unfortunately, hunger knows no bounds, and includes our neighbors, friends, and family. If we all pitch in, together, we can help these children and families.”
Our Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantry is in need of the following items to keep up with the demands of the summer:
- Cold and hot cereal, granola bars, cereal bars, oatmeal
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Jars of prepared tomato sauce
- Pasta, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni (no need for lasagna noodles)
- Canned fish: tuna, salmon, gefilte fish
- Boxed milk, evaporated milk
- Juice boxes, apple juice, tomato juice
- Desserts: cookies, puddings, apple sauce
- Snacks: pretzels, crackers, Fruit Roll-Ups
- Peanut butter
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Personal care items: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, body soap/wash
- Baby items: diapers, baby wipes, formula
- Sugar-free items
- Nutritional drinks, such as Ensure
- Supermarket gift cards
*All products need to be kosher
For more information about donating to our food pantry, please 856-424-1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About JFCS ADVOCATESamost JFCS is a non-profit social services agency located in Southern New Jersey. Our agency provides senior citizen support programs, special needs programs, food pantries, mobile food programs, Holocaust survivor support, mental health counseling, family assistance, domestic violence support, community outreach, and much more.
Posted on June 13, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Social Services, children, food pantry, hunger, Jewish Family and Children's Service, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Samost JFCS, social services, South Jersey, Volunteering, Volunteering in South Jersey. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.