Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

Towards the beginning of the Passover Seder we recite the phrase “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Unfortunately many of our community remain hungry without the means to purchase basic food staples. It is very rewarding to witness the generosity of our supporters throughout the year providing both financial and food donations to our neighbors in need through the Jacobson Family Food Pantry. During this time of year JFS has had the privilege of partnering with many community organizations on producing food drives, which this year has yielded over 5000 pounds of food that will used to provide food for Passover and beyond. This represents a significant increase over last year.

JFS would like to thank the following synagogue partners for joining us in our efforts to alleviate hunger in our community: Boca Raton Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation B’nai Torah, Temple, Beth-El, Temple Sinai and Young Israel of Boca Raton.

Donna Klein Jewish Academy, DKJA Upper School, Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, Torah Academy and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School as well as The Survivors in Need Student Groups at FAU & Lynn Universities all produced very successful food drives and JFS is appreciative of their efforts. It is very impressive to witness the students’ dedication to their community especially at such young ages.

Addison Reserve Country Club donated the food used and volunteered the time to sort over 400 bags that were delivered to food pantry clients. As part of International Good Deeds Day on March 15th, 50 volunteers delivered the bags to some of the food pantry clients. The balance of the clients received their packages within the week following.

JFS would like to express our appreciation to Winn Dixie of Boca Raton and BJ’s Wholesale Club in Boynton Beach who were amazing partners to work with on our very successful food drives.

Finally, never underestimate the impact of one individual. Asher Gritz, a student at Donna Klein Jewish Academy, undertook the mission of a one man food drive. He developed his own partnerships with community organizations and managed the entire process. His efforts provided 425 pounds of food for the Food Pantry. On behalf of all of the clients of the Food Pantry, thank you Asher for all of your efforts.


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