(Courtesy of JFNNJ) Due to the increased and urgent needs of the northern New Jersey Jewish and broader community facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has launched a campaign to raise $300,000+ on behalf of and in partnership with local agencies and organizations.
This emergency initiative has been undertaken to help fund current, and constantly evolving, area needs. In times of crisis, our most vulnerable populations are the first to be severely affected. Funds will be used to help replenish empty food pantries, sustain more meal programs for an increased number of home-bound seniors, provide additional staffing for disabled adult centers that have suspended day programs, assist with economic hardship and address hunger insecurities caused by school closings and loss of employment.
“It is estimated that our local community will need an additional $300,000+ in funds in the next 30 days alone just to meet increased needs caused by the coronavirus crisis,” said Jason M. Shames, Federation CEO. “Federation is spearheading this effort to ensure that no child, senior or adult affected directly or indirectly by this emergency will be left behind. The fund was launched on Friday and the response has been overwhelming. People are looking for ways to help and since social distancing prevents a more active volunteer role, donating to a fund that will make a difference is resonating with people.” According to Lisa Glass, chief operating officer of Federation, “Since we have had to cancel all of our events over the next six to 8 weeks, we are looking for virtual ways to engage with the community and keep them connected.”
Federation has been coordinating their efforts with Bergen County officials and major beneficiary partners, including the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Northern New Jersey (JFCSNNJ), the Kaplen Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Palisades, Jewish Association for Development Disabilities (J-ADD) and Center for Food Action.
To donate to the Federation’s Coronavirus Crisis Campaign, please visit www.jfnnj.org/coronarelief or text “corona” to 50155, or donate non-perishables to your nearest collection site found at www.jfnnj.org/fooddrive.
For questions, please contact Federation’s Laura Freeman at [email protected] or 201-264-3857.