Making a Difference: Donors Give $250,000 to JFS During COVID Crisis

Submitted by Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties 

April 23, 2020

This is a time of uncertainty all over the world. Although we can’t all be together, we can all work together. Our community members, businesses and supporters have joined together to ensure people receive support during this difficult time. More than $250,000 has been donated to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties to assure community members can receive the support needed through our programs and services.

AkPharma, Kessler Foundation, Antoinette & Eric Wood, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Emily Marchese have all generosity given to COVID-19 relief efforts. From delivering groceries to homebound seniors to feeding families to help individuals to wellness and recover, JFS continues to provide essential support to the communities most vulnerable populations.

Hafetz & Associates employees donated $10,000 to assure seniors are safe and healthy. Their support assures Village by the Shore services including Kosher Meals on Wheels, transportation to essential doctor’s appointments, virtual socialization and grocery delivery to the 200 seniors who rely on JFS.

With many affected by unemployment and grocery shelves empty, people are turning to the JFS Food Pantry to make sure their families are fed. The NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, OceanFirst Foundation and Beth Israel Sisterhood are among the generous financial supporters. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, the collection bins located at Pleasantville Police Department, Linwood City Hall, Ventnor City Hall and the JFS Margate office are being filled with donations. Countless people have contributed hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food to ensure the pantry is stocked throughout the past month.

“The current economic environment is difficult and now more than ever people need assistance,” explained Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “We are thankful for every donation to our agency. The generous financial support of our sponsors and donors enables our work to remain at the forefront today, tomorrow and as this crisis continues.”

For more information on making a secure on-line donation to JFS, visit or mail your contribution to Jewish Family Service, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402.