(Left to right): JFS Board President Johanna Perskie, JFS Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg and MANNA at the Shore Board Member Sherry Hoffman stand in the JFS Food Pantry after accepting an $1,800 donation from the MANNA organization. The contribution will be used to stock the pantry which will assist families and individuals in need throughout Atlantic County. The JFS Food Pantry in Margate is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. (Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)
Margate, NJ (July 17, 2020) – MANNA at the Shore made a generous donation of $1,800 to fund the Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties Food Pantry. The contribution will assure the pantry remains well-stocked with non-perishable products to assist those in need in our community.
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“This charitable contribution from MANNA at the Shore truly reflects how non-profits work cohesively with a singular commitment – to help our neighbors in need,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.
MANNA at the Shore, developed as a Social Action Project of Beth Israel in Northfield, is comprised entirely of volunteers. Prior to the pandemic, they prepared and delivered nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
“MANNA at the Shore volunteers prepare 2,000 meals each month, but due to COVID-19, our kitchen remains temporarily closed until it is fully safe to resume production. To continue to serve our community, we decided to donate funds to organizations like the JFS Food Pantry that distributes food to those who need it. We are all one family, and when we can’t work separately, we pull together to help wherever we can,” said Sherry Hoffman, MANNA at the Shore Board Member.
Since mid-March, the JFS Food Pantry has experienced a 79% increase in distribution to residents throughout Atlantic County. For families and individuals in need of non-perishable food and baby products, the JFS Food Pantry, located at 607 North Jerome Avenue in Margate, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm.
For more information on JFS programs and services, contact the JFS Access Center at 609.822.1108, x1. To make a secure, on-line donation, visit jfsatlantic.org.
About Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.
JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.
For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
MANNA at the Shore
In 1993, Roberta Conners, Deborah Rose Monheit and a few friends gathered in the kitchen of Northfield’s Beth Israel as part of its social action committee to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinner for ten people living with HIV/AIDS.
From that first dinner, MANNA at the Shore has grown and now prepares, cooks, packages and delivers (with the help of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance) 2,000 meals each month to those with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses who are too sick to cook for themselves.