JFS of MetroWest delivers Thanksgiving meals
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JFS of MetroWest delivers Thanksgiving meals

Volunteers Steve Delman and Ava Reinfeld of Livingston (Courtesy JFS)
Volunteers Steve Delman and Ava Reinfeld of Livingston (Courtesy JFS)

Through generous funding from KAVOD SHEF, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, and Wilf Family Foundations, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest delivered 134 Thanksgiving meals to Holocaust survivors and isolated older adults in Essex, Morris, and parts of Union counties. In addition, 20 care packages were sent to the most isolated clients; they included pumpkin bread, spiced tea, fruit cups, and handmade cards. The meals and packages, made by a team of 23 volunteers, were delivered last week, in time for the holiday.

“As the covid-19 crisis persists, the Holocaust survivors and vulnerable older adults in our community continue to struggle with isolation from family and friends and lack of access to resources, including food,” Liz Levy, coordinator of Holocaust services for the JFS, said. “We are grateful to our funders, community partners, and team of volunteers, to be able to continue providing grocery delivery, hot meals, and other essentials. These deliveries not only provide vital resources, but offer connection to a friendly face, reassurance of their wellbeing, and linkage to support when needed.”

JFS has received many calls and emails thanking staff and volunteers for the “delicious meals,” she said. One survivor told her, “it’s not just about the food, but knowing someone cares about us.”

For more information, call (973) 765-9050 or go to jfsmetrowest.org.

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