High Holidays Food Drive

Donate. Help Stuff Our Pantry!

Help stuff the JFS pantry at Annual High Holidays Food Drive in York, PA. Members of the Temple Beth Israel, Ohev Sholom Congregation and Hanover Hebrew Congregation work collaboratively to support the Project Manna Food Pantry, operated by Jewish Family Services of York, PA. During the Jewish High Holidays of Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, individuals and families are encouraged to participate in the High Holidays Food drive by bringing non-perishables to the following locations.

Ohev Sholom Congregation – Kol Nidre, Sept. 29

Temple Beth Israel – Yom Kippur morning, Sept. 30

Hanover Hebrew Congregation – Yom Kippur morning, Sept. 30

JFS of York Office – Always accepts donations Mon-Thursday 9am-3pm

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2017 Hustle 4 Hunger Fun Run & Walkathon

Participants joined in the Hustle 4 Hunger event on May 7th, 2017 at Springettsbury Park in York, Pennsylvania. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, and sponsored this important fundraiser. Proceeds benefit JFS of York’s Project Manna Food Pantry and the Northeast Neighborhood Association Food Bank. To learn how you can participate in the 2018 Hustle 4 Hunger Fun Run and Walkathon, like us on facebook or visit the Hustle 4 Hunger York website.

Consider making a donation today!

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A Celebratory Occasion for JFS

On March 19th, we held our Countdown to Spring Celebration event, during which we reviewed our past year’s accomplishments, honored our volunteers, and enjoyed brunch.

Please watch our special highlight video:

Have a look through the photos from the event. Photo credit: Marlene Denenberg.

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Thank you all who attended!

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Join us for our Countdown to Spring Celebration!

Food, Friends, Fun & Door Prizes

March 19th, 2017 | 10:30am-Noon

Brunch and Mandel Bread Tasting*

*Mandel Bread will be prepared by our former and current JFS Board of Directors. (A traditional Jewish dessert similar to Biscotti)

We are honoring our volunteers, partners and friends of Jewish Family Services of York, and highlighting programs and services at our 28th Annual Meeting. Can’t make it in person? Tune in on facebook live!

 

Details:

Sunday, March 19 at 10:30AM

JCC Auditorium

2000 Hollywood Drive

Please RSVP here by March 10

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date will be March 26th in the TBI Auditorium.

 

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Staying Connected in York

Did you know?

The Staying Connected program has provided
over 10,000 rides
to older adults in the York community.

 

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STAYING CONNECTED

Your Friends Gift Supports:

Dependable “door through door” rides

Continued engagement within the community

Help older adults stay connected
in York by making a
tax deductible donation to JFS!
You can reduce your taxes and change lives
through your generous contribution.

Donate Now.

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Fighting Hunger in York

Did you know?

 

Project Manna distributes over 200 pounds of groceries per month to those in need in the York community. 

Help fight hunger in York by making a
tax deductible donation to JFS!
Your generosity will change lives
and reduce your taxes,
so please give generously.

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Above: Local youth volunteering in the Project Manna food pantry

PROJECT MANNA

Your Friends Gift Supports:

  • Supplemental groceries and essential items for individuals and families in need

Your gift to the 2016 Friends Campaign today
will serve your neighbors in need today!
Your generosity changes lives, please give generously!

Donate Now.


 

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15th Annual Walkathon

Join us for aShoes walk, refreshments, and fun activities to fight hunger in the York area at our 15th Annual Walkathon.  This free event is great for all ages and supports Jewish Family Services’ Project Manna and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank.

Area organizations, groups, families and individuals are encouraged to join in this effort to “BAG HUNGER” in the York area. Register and create personal or team fundraising goals online at walk.jfsyork.org. Depart from Indian Rock Elementary School on May 1st at 9:45 am and return around 11:30 am for refreshments and activities.

Youth are invited to participate in games and face painting provided by York College’s recreation class members following the walk. The S. Queen street Starbucks will be there providing complimentary refreshments.  All participants of the event will receive a Walkathon memento.

“12% of York County residents live with food insecurity and 18% of those are children. We are called to respond to this growing need in our own backyards” stated Carol Miller, JFS Program and Development Director. JFS Project Manna provides supplemental food to individuals and families who are economically stressed, and guidance to access benefits and information about local food resources.   Our sister agency, the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank provides food, clothing and support to some of the most food insecure in York County.

All are invited to register/donate to the Walkathon on May 1st .Event will be held rain or shine. Information is available at walk.jfsyork.org or by calling 717.843.5011.

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Embracing Aging Grant awarded to JFS

Jewish Family Services, SpiriTrust Lutheran, and RSVP of the Capital Region have been awarded an Embracing Age Grant through the York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund.   The three agencies will partner to engage older adults in volunteering by streamlining the opportunities, entry and training.

The creation of a central volunteer recruitment entry point will create easy access for all older adults interested in volunteering in the York, Pennsylvania area. There will be collaborative education and orientation of volunteers to ensure comprehensive training. Of utmost importance, is that volunteer experiences will be enhanced and adapted to meet the changing needs of older adults.

For information on volunteer opportunities with JFS please call 717-843-5011.

If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing this blog and donating to JFS of York. You can make a secure donation HERE.

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Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.

 

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Protecting Our Veterans

Food Insecurities and SNAP Concerns

This Week Abby Leibman, President and CEO of Mazon – A Jewish Response To Hunger,  gave testimony at the House Agriculture Committee on Nutrition to bring awareness to the many challenges faced by veterans that lead to food insecurity.  In her testimony, Leibman shared the enormous need to protect the SNAP program. She states the need for more and accurate data as well as removing policy barriers would be a great benefit to this unique group.

In addition to  Leibman’s testimony, Mrs. Tebbens, a former military spouse, gave her personal account of her life in the military. It is an all too familiar story of our active duty member’s challenges of frequent moves resulting in spouse unemployment, and the inability to qualify for SNAP benefits due to the inclusion of BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing).

Mr. Faris, representative from the Meals on Wheels agency shared the story of Emily “who is unable to leave her home and how meals on wheels is providing a friendly and personal connection in addition to nutritional aid resulting in better health”. Mr. Faris stated “1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger and 87% of this at risk group require assistance with grocery shopping”.

This information focuses on the need for  more local services like the food closet and transportation service we offer here at JFS of York. Snap is a piece of a much larger puzzle and our roles in the charitable sector in fighting hunger will make a difference in our individual communities as well as our nation.

To watch the entire hearing, please click  HERE

JFS of York is proud to serve our community with our Staying Connected ride volunteer program, which allows our seniors to get to a grocery store and help battle food insecurity. To learn more about how you can become a volunteer driver and serve our senior community, contact Carol Miller at cmiller@jfsyork.org or by calling 717-846-2235

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Help Support Project Manna

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Project Manna is JFS’s response to hunger in our community. This morning a gentleman dropped off several bags of canned goods to our office. These random acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed.

There are many ways to help Project Manna. Providing canned goods is a great option. You can also be a hands-on volunteer and help to stock shelves, shop for food and pack the distribution bags for our clients once a month.

JFS works as a safety-net program with individuals and families to identify potential resources to assist them with their basic needs and ensure that they don’t fall through the cracks with their needs not being met.

JFS relies on dozens of volunteers, of all ages, to help operate the pantry. Make a commitment to volunteer once a week.

Next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a couple of extra non-perishable items and donate them to JFS through Project Manna or add them to a community food drive.

Here is a list of items most needed in our Pantry. You can call Susie at 717-843-5011 to arrange to drop of food items and also talk about all of our volunteer opportunities at JFS.

SHOPPING FOR PROJECT MANNA

Canned soup
Canned fruit in juice and vegetables
Grains: Rice, pasta, etc
Meatless spaghetti sauce
Peanut butter & jelly/jam
Soft breakfast/granola bars
Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins
Canned tuna
Macaroni & Cheese
Dried Fruits & nuts
Vegetarian baked beans
Instant oatmeal
Coffee, tea
Detergent & dish cleaner
Dog and cat food

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