JFCS rides and hikes to fight hunger

JFCS rides and hikes to fight hunger

Jamie Janoff and Beth and Rob Chananie of Team Jewish Standard
Jamie Janoff and Beth and Rob Chananie of Team Jewish Standard

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey held its 13th annual Ride to Fight Hunger on June 11. The weather was beautiful that day, as more than 200 children, teenagers, and adults participated in a morning that included biking, hiking, food, magic, carnival games, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon twisting, and food.

Dr. Marcy Goldstein and David Bindelglass

The activities were in and around Spectra Labs in Rockleigh.

Adam and Natalya Michaels with their sons, Alex and Gregory

The goal of the JFCS program is to raise money so the agency can continue to offer essential social and mental health services to the northern New Jersey community. The Ride to Fight Hunger was started 13 years ago to help the critical problem of food insecurity. It since has grown to support mental health, older adult, and food insecurity services, as well as basic needs assistance. Those four pillars of JFCS provide service to thousands of individuals and families in Northern New Jersey every year.

Donna Weintraub and Shira Feuerstein

At press time, JFCS was close to reaching this year’s fundraising goal of $225,000. The money raised from this event goes a long way in ensuring that it can continue to serve the community. The need for JFCS’s services is greater than ever — it adds new clients every month. More children come for mental health treatment, more families are facing emergency financial crises, and more adult children approach JFCS for help with their aging parents.

To donate to the Ride to Fight Hunger, go to RideToFightHunger.com. To learn more about JFCS, go to JFCSNNJ.org or call (201) 837-9090.

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