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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation In Summer…

Food insecurity is a family’s inability 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 the JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries each year to do just that.

Six out of seven low-income children who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get that free meal during the summer. The absence of a meal in the middle of the day can be more detrimental to a growing child than one might believe. Children who lack proper eating habits often have low blood sugar, have trouble focusing, and do not have nutrients that children require to retain good health. With help from the good Samaritans of Southern New Jersey, JFCS can help make sure that no child has to go hungry this summer.

Summer food insecurity facts are quite staggering. Here are just some that resonate*:

  • New Jersey ranks 12th in the nation in the percentage of eligible children who received a free lunch last summer, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • 57,000 children in Southern New Jersey are food-insecure.
  • Families no longer visit “emergency food” sources for temporary relief; they rely on food pantries as a supplemental food source
  • 53% of households report having to choose between food and paying for medicine in the past 12 months; 29% face this choice every month
  • 68% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities in the past 12 months; 24% face this choice every month.
  • One out of every 3 people who are hungry in New Jersey is a child.
  • About 1 of every 5 children in New Jersey is hungry.

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 and buying healthy food.  Most of the time the family has to choose to pay bills.  In addition to regular pantry items, 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, as they contain vital vitamins, minerals and contain fiber.

JFCS wants your help to make a difference for these families by donating items to our pantry.

Pantry Items Most Needed 

Cereal

Oatmeal

Rice

Juice

Snacks (pretzels, granola bars, crackers)

Tomato Sauce

For more information on our needs for our food pantry, please contact Andi Loew aloew@jfedsnj.org.

*Map the Meal Feeding America Study, 2014

 

 

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!

Stepping Out Grand Prize Raffles – Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win!

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Stepping Out Grand Prize Raffles

Four Amazing Prizes

Could be Yours!

Tickets just $36 each; proceeds

support JFCS of Southern New Jersey.

 Get yours by calling 856-424-1333 now!

 

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Package #1 – The Suite Life in Mexico

First-Class luxury resort vacation in Mexico – 7-night stay in Grande Master Suite in one of four Mayan Palace locations. Courtesy of Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe – Court Reporting & Litigation Support. Valued at $7,700

 

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Brilliant 18K white gold and diamond necklace with diamond drop, .85 carat total weight courtesy of Billig Jewelers, valued at $2,200;  $1,000 gift card to Bernard’s Salon & Spa

 

The Ninth Hole of the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. as seen on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Package #3 – FORE a Great Cause!

Golf and lunch at the Merion Golf Club for 3 people, courtesy of Navigate

 

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    Package #4 – Put Yourself in a Great “Situation”

4 backstage passes to sit in the control room for the live production of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”; 2 night stay at Westin Georgetown Hotel;  $200 gift card to a restaurant of your choice

 

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$36 ticket is not tax deductable. No substitution of the prize will be made and no cash will be given in lieu of the prize.
Presence not required to win.

Holocaust Survivors- JFCS Will Help You Understand Benefits You’re Entitled To

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JFCS Presents October 20th Screening of “The Hunting Ground” on Prevalence of College Sexual Assault

mp5Mzl1lThe JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program Presents:

“The Hunting Ground” A Documentary Film Screening to Shine a Light on the Prevalence of College Sexual Assault

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Carmike Cinemas – Ritz 16, Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees

20 percent of women who enroll in college are sexually assaulted while there, but,  45% of schools report ZERO incidence of sexual assault.   It’s time to shed a light on college sexual assault and prepare our male and female students for the reality.

This must see screening of the The Hunting Ground documentary will help to erase stigma, enlighten our  young people, and address a new “Yes Means Yes” Affirmative Consent legislation, introduced by NJ State Senator Jim Beach, to help protect students at higher education institutions.

Tickets are available for a donation of $15 for adults / $10 for students, and includes popcorn and soda.  All proceeds support the JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program.   Special address by Senator James Beach and an after-viewing Q & A session are scheduled. To watch a trailer, visit: www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com. This film is PG-13.

TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, CLICK HERE.

JFCS Food Sort Sponsored by WCRE – Sept. 27 – Volunteers Needed!

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