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We’re Nearing the End of Summer Season; Clean Your Cupboards & Donate to JFS

Summer residents can donate remaining food surplus to JFS.

Jewish Family Service Volunteer Eileen Sackin and her grandchildren, Lawson, Lyla, and Harper, provided tours of the Family Pantry on August 12 to guests as part of the grand opening of the expanded facility. The children proudly packaged more than 500 diapers which will be distributed to families in need in the community. (Photograph by Tom Briglia)

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In shore communities, the end of the summer season occurs just beyond Labor Day when summer residents and visitors dip their toe in the ocean one more time, purchase a few souvenirs and clean out their cupboards.

For those individuals and families who have a surplus of non-perishable food and prefer not to lug it back home, then Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is the place for you.

At JFS, we will eagerly accept your non-perishable goods – peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soups, snacks and more – so we can stock our pantry shelves. For your convenience, you may drop-off food at the JFS Pantry Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm or simply deposit in the collection bin outside of the Margate office located at 607 North Jerome Avenue.

In 2020, JFS fed more than 7,335 people, including 2,487 children and 30 Holocaust Survivors, in our community. This year, JFS anticipates distributing more than 100,000 pounds of food to residents in need.

To assure JFS can continue to help our neighbors, the agency recently tripled the size of its pantry and now offers fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, meats, frozen foods, baby formula, diapers, wipes and more.

“JFS is committed to helping fight food insecurity by providing nutritious, healthy food options to those in need. By cleaning your cupboards and donating to the agency, JFS can continue to meet the exponential demand that has occurred since the pandemic began,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

JFS Communications & Donor Relations Specialist Kirby Reed shows guests attending the grand opening of the expanded food pantry on August 12 some of the non-perishable goods which will be distributed to residents in need. This year, JFS anticipates providing more than 100,000 pounds of food and basic essentials to individuals and families in the community. (Photograph by Tom Briglia)

For more information on the JFS Food Pantry, contact Vanessa Smith at or Mary DeMarco at For JFS Food Pantry investment opportunities, contact Beth Joseph at

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 or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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