Bank of America Grants $15,000 to JFS

Posted on March 09, 2016

More than 40,000 Atlantic County residents are food insecure and do not have enough nourishment to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. To help battle this insecurity, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Jewish Family Service (JFS) to help support critical needs in the community. Through the JFS Food Pantry, this funding will help provide access to much needed food supplies and services to feed individuals, children and families in the local community.

Since 2014, Bank of America has awarded JFS more than $15,000 in funding. With an increased contribution for 2016, 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.

“Jewish Family Service continues to be a lifeline for countless individuals and families in New Jersey,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey president, Bank of America. “Its services help individuals onto a path of financial independence, benefitting not only themselves but also helping the entire community thrive.”

Open five days a week, the JFS Food Pantry serves approximately 2,500 individuals and families annually. From adults with disabilities to young families with low incomes to homeless individuals, the JFS pantry serves any Atlantic County resident with proper identification. As an essential resource that provides hearty meal options to the community, the pantry supplied more than 30,000 pounds of food in 2015. JFS hosts many food drives throughout the year that help supplement pantry resources, however with needs increasing, food drives are not enough. Receiving additional funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as well as from other community members throughout the year, is vital to the success and sustainability of the Food Pantry.

JFS encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. The agency serves more than 8,500 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.

Bank of America representatives present Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO (2nd from left), with a check for $15,000 for critical community needs. Through the JFS Food Pantry, this funding will help provide access to much needed food supplies and services to feed individuals, children and families in the local community. Pictured from left: Marina Breslin, Banking Center Manager, Brian Juleskusky, Senior Vice President, and Marcela Fisher, Vice President of Small Business Banking in Atlantic County (right).