The kosher food pantry at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey in Teaneck — recently renamed “The Corner Market at JFCS” — has seen a 200 percent increase in clients in the last month. With the ongoing pandemic and high unemployment rates, many residents of Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties have been experiencing food insecurity. They struggle to put food on their tables. The Corner Market has kept up with demand and ensures that needed items always are available.
Besides offering food and such household items as shampoo, toilet paper, and laundry detergent, JFCS also keeps a stock of baby items like diapers, wipes, and formula. Recently, when a new client from Teaneck picked up her week’s groceries, the Corner Market staff learned she was in dire need of baby items for her baby’s upcoming birth, and they gave her some baby items that had been donated months before but never requested. At her next grocery pickup, staffers brought her a Graco stroller and car seat travel system, a Moby Wrap baby carrier, and a Medela Breast Pump and breast milk storage bottles, all new and in their original packaging.
“When we walked out with the overflowing shopping cart and the baby stroller, her face lit up with excitement,” said food pantry staffer Emily Lester, who started working at JFCS as an Americorps VISTA associate.
If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving food, household, and baby items, please fill out the form and schedule a contactless, safe, and private pickup appointment at JFCSNNJ.org/market. For more information, go to jfcsnnj.org or call (201) 837-9090.