JEWISH FAMILY & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County held its inaugural event for the JFCS Women’s Alliance, a collaboration focused on alleviating hunger in the county.
The event, held Oct. 24 at Eno Terra in Kingston, featured speaker Dana Cowin, former editor of “Food & Wine” magazine, host of the “Speaking Broadly” podcast, and member of City Harvest’s Food Council in New York City. She spoke about her experiences in the culinary world and her charitable outreach, which combines her passion for food with involvement in nonprofit organizations focused on eliminating hunger.
JFCS executive director Michelle Napell spoke about the formation of the Women’s Alliance, lauding the “motivated women who came to us and asked, ‘How can we do more for the agency?’ We had no idea at the time how the idea would take off.”
The response to the Women’s Alliance, said Robin Perksy, one of its founding cochairs, “has been staggering. We were cautiously hoping for 25 founding members; as of today we have 76.”
In attendance at the luncheon were 50 of those founding members; each has committed to giving a minimum of $1,000 to the alliance.
To date, some $79,000 in donations and pledges has been raised; the funds will be used to stock the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry following its launch in January.
For information, contact Helaine Isaacs at HelaineI@jfcsonline.org or
609-987-8100, ext. 104.