JFS High Holidays Food Drive - More Than 200 Bags Collected to Stock the Food Pantry

Posted on October 02, 2023

As the elevated need for food continues in the region, members of Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Shirat Hayam, and Temple Beth Shalom as well as community individuals, hosted High Holiday collections to support Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS). The agency received more than 200 bags of food which will stock the pantry’s shelves to assist individuals and families in the community.

“At JFS, we are grateful for the constant support from area congregations and residents who donate non-perishable foods, especially during the High Holidays collection,” said Vanessa Smith, JFS Volunteer Services Supervisor.

The participating synagogues and community members graciously donated many of JFS’ top necessities including peanut butter, jelly, hearty soups, canned tuna, cereal, sauce, rice, pasta, vegetables, and snacks.

“With the generosity of congregation members and community residents, our food pantry can continue to serve thousands of people each year,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “JFS continues to be a lifeline to provide hearty and nutritious perishable and non-perishable foods to people in need.”

In addition, with the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, our agency is experiencing an increase in requests for meals. JFS continues to collect monetary donations as well as bags of essential holiday food items to provide to local families. A $45 donation to JFS allows the agency to purchase a turkey and trimmings for a family’s holiday dinner. Bags can also be donated with non-perishable items including macaroni & cheese, yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, string beans, and corn.

Turkey Drive donations can be mailed to: JFS, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402 or made online at: www.jfsatlantic.org. Non-perishable food donations can be delivered to JFS. For more information about the JFS Food Pantry, contact Vanessa Smith at vsmith@jfsatlantic.org.


(Left to right): Burt Rose and Barbara Cohen sort High Holiday donations from Beth El Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Shirat Hayam, Temple Beth Shalom and community residents. More than 200 bags of non-perishable food was collected to stock the pantry shelves at Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. (Photo provided by Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)