Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

“Be prepared” should not only be the Boy Scouts’ motto, it should be the motto of all South Floridians as hurricane season approaches. June kicks off Hurricane Season and is designated Hurricane Preparedness Month. There are plenty of websites out there which review the standard hurricane preparation protocols, including keeping a list of important phone numbers and papers in a safe location, developing a supply checklist and purchasing hurricane staples like batteries and bottled water.

What some of you may not know is what JFS does prior to and post storm. Pre-storm our staff helps to identify our most vulnerable clients and we make sure we have proper contact information for them. We also put together approximately 450 hurricane packages that will be delivered to 450 JFS clients who receive assistance through the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, our financial assistance department and those who are seen by our case managers. The package contains an information kit from FPL, a flashlight with batteries, glow stick and non-perishable foods including water, applesauce, raisins, tuna fish, crackers and granola bars.

While JFS is not a first responder agency, we work closely with Palm Beach County Emergency Operations and other county agencies to ensure that following a storm we help identify clients in need of services as well as help go out in the community to let people know we are here and try to identify how we can help. We did this most recently after the severe flooding in King’s Point and helped by providing emergency financial assistance for many homeowner’s who did not have flood insurance but suffered major damage to their apartments. Anyone needing our services should call our main number, 561.852.3333, so that we can have a case manager be in touch with you. Wishing everyone a safe summer and a mild hurricane season.

B’Shalom









Past Reflections

May 25, 2022

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

A message from our CEO about the Texas tragedy: It is with such sadness that we all must bear witness once again to a senseless act of violence against innocent children and teachers at a school in Texas, so soon after the shooting last week of innocent victims shopping at a store in Albany.

Oct 27, 2021

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

There was a meeting held on October 26th to discuss changing the master plan for the Ag Reserve, which could directly benefit our community by creating pathways for affordable housing developments. Please find a letter that I shared with Vice Mayor Weinroth and Commissioners Bernard, Sachs, Kerner, McKinlay, Marino and Weiss below. Additionally, there is link to an article that appeared in October 27th Palm Beach Post recapping the meeting, where I was quoted.

Jul 31, 2020

Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Week 20 In the Trenches It has been several weeks since my last update. Please check out the video letting you know how JFS has been serving and will continue to serve our community.

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