By Sarah Chimino
The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, along with Jewish Family Service, is hosting a food drive this month to collect needed items for local families for Thanksgiving.
Items needed include instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned yams, roasting pans, mini marshmallows (kosher) and cranberry sauce. Also, turkey vouchers for grocery stores would be greatly appreciated, said Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper, the community impact coordinator at Jewish Family Service.
Items for the drive will be collected through Nov. 16 in labeled bins at the Federation office, the JCC, the Jewish Day School and local synagogues.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, Young Adult Division members and PJ Library families will gather to put together packages for Thanksgiving. Adults will package the items for distribution while children will have the opportunity to bake brownies, build centerpieces, decorate bags and listen to a PJ Library story.
Young Adult Division members and their families will be delivering the baskets to personally wish their neighbors a happy holiday.
Up to 35 families in the Lehigh Valley will receive food packages, and the rest of the items collected will help the 100 or so families a month who utilize the food pantry.
The Jewish Family Service Community Food Pantry serves the entire 18104 area, along with all Jewish families in the Lehigh Valley, with both kosher and non-kosher items. Visit www.jfslv.org to learn more.
“We have not done this before and this new partnership with the Young Adult Division is really exciting,” Axelrod-Cooper said. “Hopefully this is the beginning of an ongoing project.”