Bank of America Grants $15,000 to JFS

Posted on September 06, 2017

Last year, the Jewish Family Service fielded thousands of calls for assistance to meet critical needs.  Fielding these requests is the JFS Intake department. They are the agency’s front line to address the basic needs of thousands of individuals who face a wide range of challenges related to health issues, trauma, loss or reduction of income, and/or homelessness. Among the top request is the need for emergency food. The Food Pantry is typically the 'tip of the iceberg' that brings individuals through the doors. Last year the JFS Food Pantry distributed food more than 2,500 times to individuals and families in Atlantic County.

To help support the JFS Intake Department, the Food Pantry and hunger relief in the community, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to JFS.

Intake and Food Pantry serve as a gateway to the JFS continuum of housing, healthcare, and wraparound services. Thus, the impact of the agency Food Pantry extends far beyond the thousands of food packages JFS distributes each year. In 2016, 63% of food pantry clients utilized additional JFS services, including: housing support, case management; benefits enrollment; employment services; counseling; and linkage to behavioral and physical healthcare.

Bank of America began their relationship with JFS in 2013 and has contributed more than $65,000 to the agency.

“Proper nutrition is essential in helping to keep individuals and families healthy, enabling their growth and prosperity. Organizations like JFS make this possible by addressing this critical need and bringing a solution to the community, said Bob Doherty, Bank of America New Jersey market president.”

The Food Pantry, a vital component of JFS, serves more than 200 families per month, including adults with disabilities, low income families, homeless or near-homeless individuals, and others facing temporary crises. The pantry is open five days a week and will provide food to any Atlantic County resident with proper identification. 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 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 individuals and families 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.