Bank of America Grants $12,500 to JFS, Funds Support Critical Community Needs

Posted on December 29, 2014

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS)to help support critical needs in the community, including the agency’s food pantry. Job loss, local economic decline and the residual effects from the Atlantic City casino closures have made the task of meeting basic needs (food, clothing, shelter and employment) a daily struggle for many in the community. This funding will help the agency to provide individuals, children and families access to essential services such as food supplies and agency programming.

Bank of America began their relationship with JFS through a 2014 grant. With an increased contribution for 2015, the bank is now a Chai Donor for the agency. The ongoing support is part of Bank of America’s intensified philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities – housing, jobs and hunger – and represents an important component of the company’s lending, investing and giving activities to help advance local economies.

“Although the economy overall shows improvement, many New Jersey residents and families still feel the residual effects of the recession and are struggling to make ends meet,” said Robert Caprice, Business Banking Market Executive, Bank of America. “JFS not only provides those in need with access to critical resources, but gives them a chance to achieve self-sufficiency.”

One of the agency’s most utilized and increasingly needed services is its on-site food pantry. The JFS Food Pantry serves more than 2,000 individuals and families annually, offering hearty meal options to individuals who are not otherwise able to provide adequate nutrition for themselves and their families. The pantry is open five days a week and will provide food to any Atlantic County resident with proper identification. In 2014, the JFS pantry supplied more than 23,000 pounds of food to community members in need. The agency hosts many food drives throughout the year to help supplement pantry resources. However, with needs constantly increasing, receiving additional funding, like that from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, is vital for the pantry and additional agency services.

JFS encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. The agency serves more than 6,500 local individuals per year. Responding to the needs of the community, the agency offers a variety of services including counseling, case management, family and children’s programs, older adult assistance, Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, and diabetes advocacy.

It’s the agency’s mission to ensure that every person seeking assistance is given help through programs, referrals and community linkages. The funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will significantly help with this mission in 2015.

For more information about JFS programs and services, please call 609-822-1108 or visit www.jfsatlantic.org.