Start the new year by giving back

Start the new year by giving back

The Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women offers a variety of opportunities for members and guests to volunteer at a wide range of local community service organizations. This year, it is offering people the chance to make the weekends happier for some Bergen County schoolchildren.

The section is holding its first Community Services Fair, showcasing its partner agencies and the commitment they make to our community. Representatives of the agencies and NCJW will be there to answer questions and show participants how they can get involved. It’s at Temple Emeth in Teaneck, on Tuesday, January 24, at noon. There is no charge to attend.

After the fair, volunteers will pack child-friendly healthy-snack packs, which will be donated to the Center for Food Action for distribution to young school children on Friday afternoons, to provide nutrition on weekends. The goal this year is to pack 1,000 bags.

The mission of the Center for Food Action is to prevent hunger and homelessness and improve the lives of families living in poverty. NCJW shares the mission to improve the lives of families, women, and children. Every month, the CFA distributes more than 2,000 Snack Packs, containing healthy snacks of fruit, cereal, drinks, and other wholesome, appealing foods to schools and libraries. For more information, go to

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