A commitment to JFCS is a commitment to your community.
Your support of JFCS allows us to continue serving those most in need here in our community through comprehensive social services and innovative programs. When you make a donation to our agency, you can be sure that the gift is directly benefiting our clients – 81₵ of every dollar goes towards program delivery.
SPECIAL GIVING INITIATIVES
The JFCS Women’s Alliance is a group of women committed to addressing hunger in our community. By supporting this new initiative, you will help ensure that those with the greatest need will have access to healthy and nutritious food.
This group began with a handful of women asking “How can we do more?” which became the foundation for a sustainable giving group to support JFCS.
This membership-based collaboration benefits JFCS programs addressing hunger year after year. Over the past two years, 140 Founding & Sustaining Members have raised over $166,000 in support of the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry
Why focus on Hunger?
In Mercer County, 1 in 10 individuals is estimated to be food insecure.
Prior to the pandemic, there were tens of thousands in our community who regularly had to choose between paying their bills and keeping food on the table. Throughout the past year, JFCS food programs saw higher demand than ever as those who were already in vulnerable positions were pushed even further.
The JFCS mobile and on-site food pantries distribute over 850 bags of food each month as more and more families turn to us for help.
Women’s Alliance members who give at the annual level are recognized on our website, in our Annual Report and are invited to attend the annual Member Event.
2021 Member Event Held Virtually on October 26, 2021
A Conversation with Leanne Brown
Nutritious, Delicious, Accessible: Eating on $4/Day
Leanne Brown recognized that while there are many barriers keeping people from eating nourishing food, money should not be one of them. This simple concept launched Leanne’s bestselling cookbook “GOOD AND CHEAP.” Her book is a wealth of filling, delicious, healthful recipes that meet the SNAP (food stamp) budget of $4 a day per person. Leanne was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
2021 Event Committee
MORE WAYS TO JOIN IN 2021
The 2021 member event was held virtually on October 26, 2021, if you wish to become a member, you may still support at the following levels:
n$1,000+ Sustaining Membership
Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Sustaining Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
$540-$999 Supporting Membership
Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Supporting Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
$250-$539 Contributing Membership
Includes link to recorded Fall 2021 Virtual Event, signed copy of GOOD AND CHEAP, and Listing as Contributing Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
If you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation in support of the Women’s Alliance and their mission at a level that is meaningful to you.
Contact Helaine Isaacs at HelaineI@jfcsonline.org / 609-987-8100 ext 104.
From our 2021 Member Virtual Event, featured speaker Leanne Brown (L) with Michelle Napell, Executive Director (C) and Nora Muchanic (R) who served as interviewer.
Women’s Alliance Sustaining Members
2021 – 2022
Abrams Foundation / Nati Kushner
Marsha and Eliot Freeman
Phlaxy L. Rosenman
2021 – 2022
Linda B. Weber
2021 – 2022
Lynn Zabner Polin
Women’s Alliance Founding Members
“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
JFCS hosts two annual fundraisers: our gala event takes place in late winter/early spring with proceeds benefiting all agency programs & services, and Wheels for Meals in the fall which directly supports our full range of food programs.
Cheers to the Volunteers | Thursday, March 25, 2021
JFCS’ first ever virtual annual fundraiser was an incredible success, bringing together over 370 supporters from across NJ – and the country – all in support of JFCS programs! We were so proud to say ‘Cheers to the Volunteers’ as we toasted with wine and coffee over Zoom.
Wheels for Meals | Sunday, October 3, 2021
Through the incredible support of sponsors, cyclists, and donors, our inaugural event raised over $96,000 in support of JFCS food programs including our brick-and-mortar pantry, our two-vehicle mobile pantry fleet that delivers our pantry experience to food insecure individuals all across the Greater Mercer community, the Kosher Café which provides hot lunches to low-income seniors 4 days a week, AND Kosher Meals on Wheels which delivers weekly meals to home bound seniors.
Scroll through our videos of past honorees to learn more about our partners & programs.
2021 Cheers to the Volunteers: Honoring Those who Support JFCS Pandemic Relief Efforts
2020 Partner in Healing: Berkshire Bank
2020 Helping Hand: Lois Miller
2020 Beacon of Hope: JFCS Mobile Food Pantry
2019 Partner in Healing: Pepper Hamilton LLP
2019 Helping Hand: Gil Gordon
2019 Champion of Hope: Gesher LeKesher
2018 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund
2018 Helping Hand (Community): Estelle Meltzer
2018 Beacon of Hope (Program): Counseling Services
2017 Beacon of Hope (Program): Senior Services
2016 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Janssen Pharmaceuticals
2016 Community Honoree: Linda Meisel
2016 Beacon of Hope (Program): Caregiver Support
View even more on our Youtube Page.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Express gratitude, let a friend or family member know you are thinking of them, recognize a special occasion, or honor a loved one’s memory with a Tribute Card.