JFS Collects 100 Bags of Groceries for Pantry During ACME Food Drive

Posted on October 08, 2013

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) hosted its first day-long food collection at ACME Markets in Somers Point on Friday, October 4, 2013.  ACME customers donated 100 bags of groceries for the agency food pantry. In addition to hosting the drive, ACME generously donated $700 in gift cards to help JFS get a jump start on re-stocking the everyday essentials of the food pantry.

“We are very grateful to have ACME as a partner in the effort to eliminate hunger,” said Andrea Steinberg, Executive Director of JFS. “It is the generosity of community members and local businesses, like ACME, that ensure the JFS Food Pantry is stocked year-round and able to fulfill the increasing needs of the community.”

For this collection, JFS asked shoppers to pick up an extra item or two during their shopping trip.  Collected necessities included stuffing, instant potatoes, rice, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables as well as non-perishable, kid-friendly food such as pasta & sauce, cereal and peanut butter.

The JFS Food Pantry provides support to thousands of individuals and families each year; however the need is constantly increasing making it difficult to keep the pantry shelves stocked.  Even with the success of the ACME food drive, the number of bags collected just scratches the surface of what the JFS Food Pantry needs for the upcoming holiday season.

Throughout the holidays, JFS puts turkey on the table for hundreds ensuring that no community member goes hungry during the winter season.  To help this effort, a $30 donation will provide a full Thanksgiving or holiday meal to a family in need.  To donate to the JFS Turkey Drive and feed a family in need, make a contribution onlineor call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402. Jewish Family Service accepts non-perishable food donations throughout the year. If you have a question regarding the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, please contact Leigh Turner.