Cape Bank Summer Food Drive Collects Essentials for JFS Food Pantry

Posted on September 08, 2014

Cape Bank hosted its third annual Summer Food Drive to collect essential, non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.The Kick-Off was held on May 15th with a day-long collection at ACME in Somers Point and continued throughout the summer with drop-off locations at various Cape Bank branches in Atlantic County. From jars of peanut butter to cereal to hearty soups, the collection brought in dozens of bags full of essentials for the pantry.

A recent statistic showed more than 19,000 Atlantic County students received free or reduced cost meals per day at school. During the summer, children do not receive this supplement, causing many to go hungry. As a result, the JFS Food Pantry sees an increase in need during the summer months and the Summer Food Drive helps to replenish the pantry.

As a supporter of JFS for five years and a Visionary Donor of the agency, Cape Bank not only hosted the Summer Food Drive but also generously doubled their giving to $60,000 this year, allowing JFS to continue to meet the evolving needs of the community.

“In addition to doubling its 2014 financial commitment to its five community partners, the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation has developed a variety of ways to give back to the community during important times of need,” said Chick Pinto, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Cape Bank and a Board Member of the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation. “Through our Cape Cares Employee Volunteers and Atlantic County branches, this summer we have again been working with JFS to collect essential non-perishables for families and children throughout the region. With so many people facing uncertainty in light of the announced closing of three Atlantic City casinos, we believe our efforts this summer have been more important than ever.”

Jewish Family Service also encourages community members to host their own drives. If you have a question regarding JFS programs or how you can help, please contact Community Initiatives Coordinator, Leigh Turner at 609-822-1108 x114 or lturner@jfsatlantic.org.