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At JFCS, Volunteers are needed in many different capacities.  Whether for a one-time project or an ongoing volunteer program, JFCS volunteers are an intrinsic part of delivering services to those in need in northern NJ. In 2019 alone, volunteers spent over 3,000 hours donating their time to various JFCS programs. From delivering Kosher Meals-on-Wheels to homebound seniors, to running a Food Drive for one of our food pantries. JFCS offers several volunteer opportunities to work with children, seniors, or Holocaust survivors. At JFCS, we like to get to know our volunteers so we can match them with the type of contribution they would most like to make. 


JFCS volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and volunteer independently, with family members, school groups, or as a personalized Mitzvah Project. The only requirements for the role are enthusiasm and a desire to give back to the community. Volunteering can often provide direct benefits to the volunteer as well – the majority of volunteers report an improved mood, lower stress levels, and increased self-esteem by giving back. 

For more information, please email Volunteers@jfcsnnj.org or call (201) 837-9090 x238. 

Click here for detailed volunteer opportunities


Many people take on a service project as part of the preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony or as part of a school or community project.  A Mitzvah Project is a meaningful way to make a difference and learn the values of “doing good.” A JFCS Mitzvah Project can be tailored to an individual’s talents and interests.  You can work with our Mitzvah Coach who can help you build a personalized, hands-on, volunteer opportunity adding value to our agency programs.

For more information, please email MitzvahProject@jfcsnnj.org or call (201) 837-9090 x251.


JFCS operates a food pantry in Teaneck, NJ, which assist over 900 families who struggle with food insecurity. We are always looking for donations of food (perishable and non-perishable, kosher and non-kosher) and personal care items. Please see the list below which includes those most-needed items.

  • Fruit

  • Vegetables

  • Tomato sauce

  • Beans

  • Tuna

  • Salmon

  • Sardines

  • Pasta

  • Bread crumbs

  • Mac n’ Cheese

  • Shelf Stable Milk

  • Seltzer

  • Jelly: strawberry, apricot, grape

  • Peanut Butter

  • Juices/Soda cans

  • Toilet Paper

  • Paper Towels

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo/ Conditioner

  • Cookies

  • Crackers

  • Granola Bars

  • Apple Sauce

  • Dried Fruits

  • Nuts- Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Cashews

  • Rice

  • Oil- Olive, Vegetable, Canola

  • Coffee (Regular & Decaf)- Ground, K-Cups, Instant

To drop off a food donation, please contact us to schedule a time at (201) 837-9090 or email FoodPantry@jfcsnnj.org.


At JFCS, our therapists often use toys and games to connect with children to help them communicate during therapy sessions.  These educational and constructive toys are continuously used throughout the year and need to be replaced regularly. 


Please visit the JFCS Amazon Wish List for details on the needed toys. Or review our desired list of toys below. 

Toys can be shipped directly or dropped off at JFCS, 1485 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. 

Click here for a list of play therapy toys.

Please email us at MitzvahProject@jfcsnnj.org to let us know about your donation, so we can thank you.