2018-02-28 / Voice at the Shore

JFS Food Pantry receives $40K from Walmart

South Jersey is home to unprecedented rates of food insecurity. In particular, Atlantic County (14.8%) has some of the highest food insecurity rates in this area, which is higher than both the state average (10%) and the national average (13%). To help combat food insecurity in the county, The Walmart Foundation has awarded Jewish Family Service (JFS) a $40,000 grant for the agency Food Pantry.

“Food insecurity can impact entire families, affecting their ability to work and take care of themselves, thus locking people into a vicious cycle that is hard to overcome,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS CEO. “With the help of generous donors, like the Walmart Foundation, we are able to provide food to thousands of these families per year ensuring no one is without necessary nutritional support.”

This grant funding allows for the purchase of essential non-perishables including peanut butter, soup, cereal, pasta and sauce, tuna, etc. This will help ensure the pantry is stocked to serve the 2,500 individuals and 600 children that utilize the pantry each year.

“We are so pleased to partner with Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart’s director of public affairs and government relations for New Jersey. “The Walmart Foundation believes residents in Atlantic County will benefit from this collaborative effort to provide food to low-income members of their community. Working together with Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, we aim to serve families whose food and nutrition needs would otherwise go unmet.”

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In 2017, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $8,000,000 in cash and in-kind donations to New Jersey charities, including more than 3,664,200 pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 3,053,500 meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger. 

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