Community Briefs: Food Donations, Summer Program, More

The expanded JFS Pantry. Photo by Tom Briglia

Shore Residents Can Donate Surplus Food
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is asking summer Jersey shore residents to consider donating any surplus nonperishable food they prefer to not bring home.

JFS will accept nonperishable goods, such as peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soups and snacks. Food may be dropped off at the JFS Pantry Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or deposited in the collection bin outside of the Margate office at 607 N. Jerome Ave.
In 2020, JFS fed more than 7,335 people, including 2,487 children and 30 Holocaust survivors. This year, JFS anticipates distributing more than 100,000 pounds of food. The agency recently tripled the size of its pantry and now offers fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, meats, frozen foods, baby formula, diapers, wipes and more.

For more information on the JFS Food Pantry, contact Vanessa Smith at or Mary DeMarco at

Nearly 50 Area Teens Participate in NCSY Summer Programs
More than 45 Philadelphia area teens were among more than 2,300 teens participating in 23 NCSY summer programs in Israel and the United States this summer. NCSY is a youth movement of the Orthodox Union.

With government border guidelines in constant flux and many teens not being eligible for vaccines in their local states until just weeks before their scheduled flights, NCSY added U.S.-based programs to its multitude of offerings this season

“The summertime is such a pivotal time and opportunity for our teens to connect with their heritage and for informal education to take root in inspiring their religious growth,” NCSY International Director Rabbi Micah Greenland said. “Unfortunately, last summer we were forced to cancel our programs due to the pandemic, making this summer’s programs even more meaningful.”

Moshava Food Truck Back in Action
Moshava, an Israeli-owned food truck, will take part in the Aug. 29 “Food Truck at the Shore” event hosted by Jewish National Fund-USA Eastern PA.

The event from 4-7 p.m. will be at Shirat Hayam, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave. in Ventnor, N.J.
Moshava also will be at a Philadelphia event from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Lemon Hill Playground, 39 State Route 3007 (33rd Street and Sedgley Avenue).


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