JFS Receives $25,000 from MAZON For Senior Hunger Initiative

Posted on February 28, 2014

There are approximately 50,000 seniors living in Atlantic County, many of whom are struggling to put food on the table on a daily basis. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) is proud to have received a $25,000 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (MAZON) to participate in its new Solutions to Senior Hunger™ initiative and help address the growing local need.

This funding enables JFS to reach a broader audience by increasing outreach efforts throughout the region. These efforts will include educating the senior population through healthy lifestyle workshops, administering SNAP application assistance and advocating on behalf of older adults in the community.

Efforts will also include program promotion and outreach at various community activities including food drives, Village by the Shore events, local libraries and senior centers. Additionally, health education workshops, presented by JFS Nurse Educator Maggie Weaver, will offer information about the program and the application process.

“With funds through Mazon, JFS will expand our reach and connect with vulnerable people in our community connecting them to available resources,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Executive Director. “Seniors often don’t realize benefits are available and this initiative will help us reach a broader group of older adults in Atlantic County.”

Jewish Family Service is already known as a premier provider of services for adults and older adults in the community.  Last year, the agency launched, Village by the Shore, a non-denominational program that offers services and socialization for adults (50+ years) through a unique, concierge style approach. Services for older adults include care coordination, transportation, educational workshops, etc.   This senior hunger initiative and the assistance it provides is a great addition to the list of services offered by Jewish Family Service.

MAZON’s Solutions to Senior Hunger™ initiative, done nationally in partnership with the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies and generously funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to help low income, food-insecure seniors get the nutrition assistance they need by reducing the barriers that keep vulnerable seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).