JFCS takes the Feinstein Challenge in 2014

Once again this year, Jewish Family & Career Services will participate in the Feinstein Challenge. This national challenge offers a $1 million award to hunger-fighting nonprofit agencies in the United States. Now in its 17th consecutive year, the challenge is sponsored by Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation as an incentive to help raise funds for participating agencies.

The Feinstein Challenge will amplify funds and donations received from March 1 through April 30 of this year. Feinstein’s past annual challenges to fight hunger have raised more than $2 billion for more than 1,800 organizations that help the needy nationwide. The more JFCS receives from donors, the greater its award from the Feinstein Challenge will be.

Only donations or pledges received in March and April as a result of the challenge will be applied toward the award. Donations may include cash, checks and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound). To take advantage of the matching funds, JFCS asks donors to indicate “Feinstein Challenge” on donations during the challenge period.

Food and toiletry items may be delivered to the JFCS Food Pantry. Monetary contributions may be made to the Sonny and Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.

A resident of Rhode Island, Feinstein began his career as a public school educator in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. After establishing an English school in Thailand, he entered the business world to become a financial writer and adviser. His newspaper columns and newsletters were distributed worldwide for many years, and he authored several best-selling financial guides, a novel and several children’s books.

Now a full-time humanitarian and philanthropist, Feinstein has turned his efforts toward the advancement of public service and the alleviation of hunger. He has provided start-up funding for more than 200 food pantries and has received many awards and honors for his humanitarian service. Feinstein has founded programs to study hunger and fight it in universities including Brown University, Tufts University and the University of Rhode Island, and schools ranging from elementary to graduate levels bear his name from Rhode Island to as far away as Kenya.

Feinstein comes from a strictly Jewish background, but his family includes members of many different faiths and races. “Helping to better the lives of others, regardless of race, creed or color, is the greatest of all achievements,” he says.

There is no better time of year to dig deep and donate to the JFCS Food Pantry and the Sonny and Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund than during March and April. Contact Beverly Bromley at (502) 452-6341, ext. 223, to learn more about how you can help.

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