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Jewish Family Service High Holidays Food Drive

More than 220 bags were collected to stock the food pantry.

In this picture, Jewish Family Service Volunteer Services Supervisor Vanessa Smith gets ready to unload the agency’s van with food donated by Congregation Beth Israel. The non-perishable food will be sorted and stocked in the pantry to assist individuals and families in need in the community. More than 220 bags of groceries were donated as part of the annual High Holidays Food Drive from Beth El Synagogue, Shirat Hayam, and Temple Beth Shalom as well as community members. (Photo and media release provided by Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)

As the elevated need for food continues in the region, members of Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Shirat Hayam, and Temple Beth Shalom as well as community individuals, hosted a High Holiday collection to support Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS).

The agency received more than 220 bags of food which will stock the pantry’s shelves to assist individuals and families in the community.

“The on-going support from congregations and residents provides the JFS Pantry with the much-needed food for individuals and families in the region,” said Vanessa Smith, JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor. “There should never be a child or family going hungry in the community.”

The participating synagogues and community members graciously donated many of JFS’ top necessities including peanut butter, jelly, hearty soups, canned tuna, cereal, rice, pasta, vegetables, and macaroni & cheese as well as can openers.

“With the generosity of congregation members, especially during the High Holy Days, as well as residents in the community, our pantry can continue to serve thousands of families each year,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “JFS continues to be a lifeline to provide hearty and nutritious foods, especially for individuals who are unable leave their home.”

As we embark on the upcoming month, our agency is experiencing an increase in requests for Thanksgiving meals. JFS continues to collect monetary donations as well as bags of essential holiday food items to provide to local families.

A $45 donation to JFS allows the agency to purchase a turkey and trimmings for a family’s holiday dinner. Bags can also be donated with non-perishable items including macaroni & cheese, yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans, and corn.

Turkey Drive donations can be mailed to: JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 or made online at: Non-perishable food donations can be delivered to JFS. For more information about the JFS Food Pantry, contact Vanessa Smith at or Mary DeMarco 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 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.