Jewish Family Service Partners with Helping Hands for Food Drive


JFS New Haven, CT

Orange, CT, January 9, 2014 – Jewish Family Service of New Haven needs food and toiletry donations to keep their food pantry shelves full and is partnering with Helping Hands Community Thrift Store for a food and toiletry drive. Bring in non-perishable food or toiletries items to either Helping Hands locations in Orange or North Haven and receive 20% off one item at the store.  All food and toiletries collected will benefit the JFS Food Pantry.

Jewish Family Service is a non-profit social service organization that works with individuals and families in the Greater New Haven area. The Jewish Family Service Food Pantry distributed nearly 100,000 lbs of food during 2013, which is the equivalent to 76,923 meals. This supplemental food helped 2,823 families (approximately 5,300 people last year).

Hunger is a problem all year long, not just at the holidays. According to the Connecticut Food Bank, there are approximately 520,000 people in our state at risk of hunger every year. With the recent cuts to food stamps and benefits, the JFS Food Pantry is seeing an increase in requests for food assistance.  These cuts are affecting not only those who are unemployed but also senior citizens and the elderly, the working poor and many families with children in our local community.  You can help make a difference in their lives by donating to those less fortunate and receive a discount for your efforts.  It’s a win-win situation.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store is raising money for over 175 local non-profits and providing furniture essentials to the clients of their social service partners. Last year Helping Hands customers donated 1,330 lbs of food to Jewish Family Service. This year the goal is 2,500 lbs. Customers who bring in a non-perishable food or toiletry donation will receive 20% off an item from the thrift stores.

Helping Hands Community Thrift Store has locations at 334 Boston Post Road in Orange (diagonally across from Chips) and 77 State Street in North Haven (diagonally across from Agway). Visit www.helpinghandsctfb.com or www.jfsnh.org for more information.