Vanessa Smith, Volunteer Services Supervisor at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, showcases canned soups in the agency food pantry. From now through February 17, JFS will host its annual ‘Soup’er Bowl to collect nutritious and hearty soups for residents in need. Canned soups may be dropped off at JFS, located 607 North Jerome Avenue in Margate, Monday through Wednesday from 8am to 8pm, and Thursday and Friday from 8am to 5pm. (Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)
While millions of sports enthusiasts will watch the 57th annual ‘big game’ on television, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) will host its annual ‘Soup’er Bowl.
To help combat hunger, JFS will hold a campaign to collect hundreds of canned soups to assure community members have a hot and hearty meal during the cold winter months.
“The past two years, JFS’ ‘Soup’er Bowl collection has garnered more than 650 cans of soup to stock the pantry shelves to help people in need in the community,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to the residents, businesses, and other supporters who donate nutritious and hearty soups which will help reduce food insecurity across the region.”
In 2022, the JFS Food Pantry distributed nearly 60,000 pounds of food to more than 8,825 Atlantic County residents, including 3,220 children.
In addition, JFS provided 2,652 Kosher Meals on Wheels to older adults and homebound seniors. With the need for food and other basic necessities continuing to escalate, JFS has become a ‘go-to’ pantry for local residents.
The ‘Soup’er Bowl collection encourages donors to drop off hearty and nutritional soups. Cans with pop-tops are appreciated and make for easy opening, especially for homeless individuals with limited access to can openers.
Donations for the ‘Soup’er Bowl will be accepted from now through February 17 at JFS, located at 607 North Jerome Avenue in Margate. The agency is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8am to 8pm, and Thursday and Friday from 8am to 5pm.
For people in need of food, the Pantry is open to Atlantic County residents Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. For information about the JFS Food Pantry or other agency programs and services, contact 609.822.1108 or 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 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 jfsatlantic.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.