"I find it very rewarding to come together as a community to make the lives of others just a little better," she said. "There's a kinship of spirit when neighbors work together on a project like this that you just don't experience everyday. Several volunteers asked if we can plan more projects in addition to this one each year. That's a wonderful sentiment and a great idea."

Don Kabat, Mitzvah Project co-chair echoed those sentiments.

"Giving back to the community for those in need was the central theme when we started the Mitzvah Project some years ago," he said. "Community support is one critical factor in maintaining high quality programs and services offered to families in our surrounding area."

The Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS distributed over 85,000 pounds of food this past year, Beth Levine, JFS senior vice president said.

"The more than generous donation of Passover food and Publix gift cards by Addison Reserve is vital to all of our food pantry recipients. Passover food is extremely expensive and most of our recipients don't have the additional funds needed to buy food for Passover," she said. "Addison Reserve enabled our recipients to celebrate Passover in a dignified manner."

Danielle Hartman, JFS president and CEO concurred, calling the JFS relationship with Addison Reserve volunteers a "partnership," since the Passover food packages are distributed to JFS clients.

"They raise the funds themselves, buy all the things people would need to celebrate Passover, then they come together and bag the food, and they add a gift card to each package," she said.

Delray Beach resident Elinor Lichten, 88, said the package from the Addison Reserve Passover Mitzvah Project is "really important" to her.

"In this day and age when everything is going up and your income remains stationary, it is so important to have something to fall back on."

Lichten, a Bronx, N.Y. native who now lives in Kings Point, was at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS the day the volunteers were bagging the packages. She spoke to them and added her thanks from all the other seniors who would receive Passover packages.

"I thanked them and told them how important what they were doing was," she said.

For more information about the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS, contact Dennis Prisant at 561-274-1940.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, vocational training, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information about JFS volunteer opportunities and services for seniors, contact 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.ralesjfs.org.

Photo Caption:
Addison Reserve Mitzvah Project volunteers bag Passover packages at Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS in Delray Beach. (Submitted photo / March 25, 2014)