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Jewish Family Service Annual Turkey Drive

Donations are needed to make Thanksgiving special for local families.

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For many the holidays are a festive time. However, some will find it difficult to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table.

With numerous residents still experiencing undue hardship, we know that Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) holiday meal requests will continue to be significant.

Last year, JFS was able to provide more than 600 meals to families in the community and this year, JFS will once again host its annual Turkey Drive in order to provide individuals and families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

There are three convenient ways community members may contribute to the JFS Thanksgiving Turkey Drive:

Donate a Complete Meal

For $45, you can provide a family with a holiday meal. This includes a Turkey or Kosher Turkey with all the trimmings.

Fill a Bag

Every meal provided by JFS is complete with a bag full of all the trimmings including mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, macaroni & cheese, string beans, corn, gravy and cranberry sauce. If you are able to fill a bag or two, please consider this donation option.

Donate a Gift Card

A $25 gift card to a grocery store or monetary donation allows a family to purchase a turkey for the holiday.

Throughout the year, JFS serves as a community staple by providing thousands in need with hearty foods and basic essentials. So far this year, 4,319 people turned to JFS for nutritional support and the agency anticipates distributing more than 100,000 pounds of food in 2022 to those in need.

“At JFS, we hope that Thanksgiving is a time when families can come together and enjoy a holiday meal. For many community residents, this year continues to be filled with uncertainty, especially due to the economy. We understand that it may be more difficult to put food on the table, so at JFS, we are committed to providing nutritional products to those in need,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

Volunteers Needed

In addition to donations, volunteers are needed to sort, pack and deliver holiday meals. Please consider donating your time. For more information, contact Vanessa Smith at or Mary DeMarco at

Turkey Drive donations can be made on-line at or mail a check payable to JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402.

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 13,000 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 events and programs, visit JFS at or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.