JFS Participates in Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Posted on November 30, 2015

One in five U.S. children are hungry. Jewish Family Service, through its on-site food pantry, is dedicated to serving anyone in Atlantic County in need of food. The pantry distributes more than 30,000 lbs. of food to more than 2,000 local individuals and families each year. To help support and create awareness about the pantry, JFS will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide.

On #GivingTuesday, and throughout the year, JFS counts on the generosity of the community to help ensure that no one goes hungry. For every $1 donated, JFS distributes $5 worth of food to those in need. A $20 donation can feed an entire family for a day. Tax-deductible donations can be made online.

From sorting bags and stocking shelves to assisting with food drives, volunteers are the backbone of the JFS Food Pantry. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year; however JFS will be hosting a Food Pantry sort and stock on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, December 1st from 1 pm - 4 pm. If you are interested in volunteering on #GivingTuesday, or throughout the year, please contact Eileen Dillon-Gantert, Community Initiatives Coordinator, at 609-822-1108 x249 oredillongantert@jfsatlantic.org.

To feed the community year-round, the pantry also relies on food donations. Non-perishable food items such as soup, canned meals, cereal and peanut butter can be dropped off at JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Occurring this year on December 1st, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kick-offs the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways. #GivingTuesday is a day when everyone can be philanthropist.