With the summer here, Englewood teens Jaclyn Wildes and Moshe Shoenfeld led a fundraising campaign to benefit the Center for Food Action’s Weekend Snack Pack Program.
Throughout the school year, the CFA distributes snack bags for area students to bring home for the weekends, so that they can return to school on Monday focused, fed, and ready to learn.
“While many adolescents look forward to the end of the school year and summer treats such as ice cream cones, picnics in the park, and slushies to keep them cool, there are other kids in our community who are worried all year long about having enough food to keep them nourished and feeling full,” Jaclyn said.
Jaclyn and Moshe are both high school sophomores — she’s at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan, and he’s at the Frisch School in Paramus. When they learned that CFA was running low on resources to provide essential items, they were eager to help. After creating an online fundraising account, they reached out to family and friends on social media, through email, and by word of mouth. “Our faith and traditions have taught us that it is our responsibility to help others,” Moshe said.
The two friends have been helping Englewood’s former mayor, Michael Wildes — Jaclyn’s father — with his Thanksgiving donations for as long as they can remember. Along with other city residents, Jaclyn and Moshe have prepared and delivered Thanksgiving packages to residents at the Vincent K. Tibbs Senior Citizen building for many years.
Jennifer Johnson, director of communications and community relations at the Center for Food Action, said, “We are extraordinarily grateful to Jaclyn and Moshe for their commitment and dedication to helping local children in need by supporting CFA’s Weekend Snack Pack Program. We are pleased to announce that they will collectively be one of this year’s sponsors of our National Day of Service & Remembrance event on 9/11.”
Although Moshe and Jaclyn have reached their own personal fundraising goal, the CFA still needs financial contributions to help keep the shelves stocked over the summer, and to have enough snack packs on hand for the beginning of the school year in September. Moshe and Jaclyn will work alongside other volunteers and community members at the Englewood Field Club on September 11 to help assemble the bags.