At JFS of York, the phone rings frequently with questions about where to go for food or assistance.
Earlier this year, Governor Wolf rescinded the asset test for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps). More hungry seniors are now able to get SNAP benefits.
On July 8th, Joan Krechmer attended a meeting in Harrisburg with Ted Dallas, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger grantee partners and allies to address policy changes and strategies to make SNAP and other public benefit programs more accessible.
Project Manna, JFS of York's food pantry, safety net and advocacy program, addresses local food insecurity needs. Click here to download the SNAP fact sheet.
It’s easy to forget that before 1966, roughly half of all seniors were uninsured, living in fear that the high cost of health care could propel not only them, but their families, into poverty...Few of us remember that not that long ago, far too many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy and productive.
50 years ago, on July 30, 1965, the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark amendment to the Social Security Act, giving life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Medicare and Medicaid save lives, help people live longer, and provide the peace of mind that comes with affordable health care that’s there when you need it. Chances are, you or someone in your family either has Medicare or Medicaid or you know someone who does. In fact, Medicare and Medicaid cover nearly 1 out of every 3 Americans—that’s well over 100 million people.
Marking the 50th anniversary of these lifesaving programs this summer gives us an important opportunity to recognize and remember the ways these programs transformed the delivery of health care in the United States. Medicare and Medicaid have greatly reduced the number of uninsured Americans and have become the standard bearers for quality and innovation in American health care.
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is it's impact on our community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds our community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to our community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve at JFS. Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can help you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.In addition to traditional volunteer positions, JFS has advocacy opportunities.
While volunteering is altruistic and benefits those served, it also benefits volunteers!
Volunteers are healthier – research shows volunteers enjoy better heart health, show less depression, even lessened chronic pain!
New Friends – by stepping outside of your usual routine you meet new people, enlarge your social circle, and interact with people you would not have met otherwise.
JFS offers training and educational sessions that can be applied to many life situations.
July 29th & 30th Our Daily Bread - volunteers needed
10:30am - 1:00pm
August 13th Stitches of Love @ 1:00pm
August 14th Senior Commons Shabbat @ 3:45pm
August 19th Lunch Bunch TBD
August 20th Men's Think Tank 11:30am