Why We Ride
Now more than ever, food is a serious need in our region, where 1 in 12 individuals in Mercer County are hungry.
Food insecurity is an ongoing issue in our community and became a more urgent problem over the course of the pandemic. The more immediate and pressing issue is the annual inflation rate in the US, which has risen to the highest level in 40 years. The families we serve were further disadvantaged as legislation at the federal level continues to threaten the breadth of SNAP (food stamps) benefits, from removing the emergency increase authroized during the COVID-19 pandemic to increasing work requirements for older adults.
JFCS maintains an array of hunger prevention programs to address food insecurity:
- On-site brick-and-mortar pantry open 5 days a week
- Two Mobile Food Pantry vehicles making more than 25 stops per month
- Kosher Cafe serving hot lunches to low-income seniors 4 days a week
- Kosher Meals on Wheels delivering weekly meals to homebound seniors
Event proceeds benefit all JFCS food distribution programs.