“Even though Hurricane Sandy hit the state two years ago, I am still displaced and living in a hotel room, struggling to provide food for me and my family. I can’t even tell you how much the access to the food pantries has helped us. I am overcome with gratitude.” – Rob K.*
September is Hunger Action Month (the color orange represents this month). As you may already know, JFCS’ three Betsy and Peter Fischer food pantries in Burlington and Camden Counties help to feed thousands of families in Southern New Jersey each year.
So far in the last 9 months, 4,069 individuals have received food from our food pantries. That number is up 17% from last year at this time, due in part to cuts in funding for Food Stamp benefits. The need for food continues to grow, and JFCS urges the public to respond to these needs, collectively.
Throughout the rest of September, please send JFCS a photo or “selfie” of you, your friends, or family members wearing orange to raise awareness of hunger issues – and to show your support for our pantries and those food-insecure families who rely on JFCS every day.
Simply take a photo with your smart phone or other camera, and email them to: email@example.com. JFCS will be sharing these photos through social media outlets, the JFCS website, and more, to proudly demonstrate our commitment as a community to our neighbors in need.
Are you camera shy, or don’t have anything orange in color you can wear? You can also assist hungry families by volunteering for one or both of the following JFCS events:
High Holiday Community Cooking Project for Home-bound Individuals in Need:
September 18 at Congregation Beth El, Voorhees
5:00-6:30 pm – prepare meals
6:30-8:00 pm – assemble /package meals
September 23 at Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill
9:30 am – pick-up and deliver meals
High Holiday Food Drive to Sort, Pack and Deliver Donated Food Items to the Pantries:
October 5, Congregation M’Kor Shalom, Cherry Hill
10:30 am – sorting begins in the social hall
Finally, thanks to the donation of two refrigerators by Sharon and Adam Sackstein and family to our Rt. 70 location, fresh fruit and vegetables can be stored successfully, which is crucial to providing nutritious and well-balanced produce to our pantry clients. Many of our clients cannot afford the rising costs of fresh foods. So, if you are a gardener, we hope you might share some of your bounty to help stock our refrigerators with healthy options from the earth. You will help to cultivate a feeling of hope for those who receive your farm or garden-raised goodness.
Whether you help to cook, package or deliver High Holiday meals, or if you choose to sort canned goods and food items for JFCS pantries, your support is invaluable. We can all make a difference together. To contact our offices directly about making food donations or volunteering for any of the above-listed opportunities, please call Andi Loew at 856-424-1333, xt. 1180. JFCS thanks the community as a whole for showing that we stand together to combat hunger.
FOR A LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED FOR DONATION TO OUR PANTRIES, PLEASE VISIT HERE.
*JFCS client names are changed to protect privacy.