JFS Receives $10,000 Grant from BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Help End Hunger in S. Palm Beach County
“We are very moved by BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s tremendous level of humanity demonstrated in their generous support for the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS and for the Meals on Wheels program,” stated Danielle Hartman, President & CEO of JFS. “With food insecurity on the rise, this grant will enable us to deliver food to seniors whose cupboards are empty and to put food on the tables of families struggling to provide for their children.”
In effort to deliver solutions to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, JFS has served the hungry by providing food to community members who are experiencing financial setbacks, homebound elderly living on meager incomes, and poverty stricken adults and families with hungry children. Although many perceive Palm Beach County to be a wealthy community, 203,520 people face food insecurity every day. (Feeding America 2013 Map The Meal Gap study), and 165,000+ residents currently receive food assistance through the supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP). This represents nearly a 200% increase from 2007 to 2011. Last year alone, JFS distributed over 80,000 lbs. of food in our service area of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
“The BJ’s Charitable Foundation is dedicated to supporting hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare and education in the communities surrounding our Clubs,” said Kyle Heine, general manager of the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Boynton Beach. “We are happy to support the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and the mission of the Jacobson Family Food Pantry to help alleviate the burden of hunger to local individuals and families.”
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, career & employment services, 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 call 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.ralesjfs.org.