More than 300 riders, hikers, and volunteers convened at Temple Emanu-El in Closter on June 23 for the ninth annual Wheels-for-Meals Ride to Fight Hunger. The ride, organized by Jewish Family & Children’s Services, has raised more than $115,000. That had made it one of the organization’s most successful events in its history.
“The tremendous success of this year’s ride is a testament to our generous donors, volunteers, and community,” Susan Greenbaum, JFCS’s chief executive officer, said. “Our event and the funds raised continues to grow, which allows us to help more and more people in the community who rely on JFCS for Meals-on-Wheels and our food pantries. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support, and we look forward to even greater success next year.”
One of the most inspiring gifts to JFCS came from 12-year old Nesya Bayewitz of Teaneck, who chose to celebrate her recent bat mitzvah at the ride with more than 100 friends and family members. Nesya’s team raised more than $17,000 for JFCS and marked her milestone with a post-bike party including food, music, and games.
The day’s proceeds will support the JFCS Meals-on-Wheels program, which delivers more than 48,000 meals to homebound seniors in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties every year. It will also support the JFCS Food Pantries, which serve nearly 200 families through its Teaneck and Fair Lawn offices.
Donors and sponsors included ShopRite, Holy Name Medical Center, Lawrence B. Goodman & Co., Stop & Shop, NJ Eye & Ear, Oritani Bank, and Eastwick College. Donations still are being accepted at