Cape Bank Kicks Off Summer Food Drive; Collecting Essentials for JFS Food Pantry through August

Posted on June 23, 2016

To help feed local children who may otherwise go hungry, Cape Bank, now a division of OceanFirst Bank, kicked off its 5th Annual Summer Food Drive on Friday, June 3rd at ACME in Somers Point, collecting 75 bags filled with essential, non-perishable food items for the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. The drive will continue 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, this collection helps to supplement the JFS food pantry throughout the summer.

With thousands of Atlantic County students participating in the free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch programs at school, families typically only need to provide one meal a day. However, during summer when children are not in school, families rely on food pantries, such as JFS, to provide those additional meals ensuring that no children go hungry. As a result, the JFS Food Pantry sees an increase in need during the summer months and the Cape Bank Summer Food Drive helps to replenish the pantry. 

“The Cape Bank Charitable Foundation has developed a variety of ways to give back to the community,” said Chick Pinto, Senior Vice President of Community Relations and a Board Member of the Cape Bank Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to once again host the Summer Food Drive. Our Cape Cares Employee Volunteers and Atlantic County branches will work hand-in-hand with JFS to collect essential non-perishables for families and children throughout the area. With so many people in the region still facing economic struggles, we believe our efforts this summer will be more important than ever.”

Non-perishables can be donated at Cape Bank branch locations through August.

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 Beth Joseph, Director of Communications and Donor Relations at 609-822-7409 or bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org.