Rymax and Water Dog Smoke House Contribute Hundreds of Pounds of Food to Jewish Family Service

Margate, NJ (May 04, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) received a donation of an abundance of non-perishable foods and basic essentials from businesses – Rymax in partnership with H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar and the Water Dog Smoke House. Their generosity assures the pantry is ready for the increase need in the coming weeks.

Rymax’s generous donation included hundreds of pounds of pasta, jelly, snacks, vegetables, beverages, condiments and more. Based in Pine Brook, the company has worked with the Atlantic City hospitality/gaming industry for years providing comprehensive loyalty programs and unmatched rewards collections. In addition to purchasing and donating five pallets full of non-perishables, Rymax staff delivered directly to the pantry door and even helped upload.

As Rymax President Eve Kolakowski, said, “As a summer resident of Margate, I am honored to support the JFS Food Pantry of Margate and donate to such a great cause that will help support local families in Atlantic and Cape May counties.  Rymax has been a supplier to the gaming community for over two decades. The employees of the gaming industry are one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is our opportunity to pay it forward to our friends in the gaming community and to all the other families that are struggling during this difficult time.”

The Water Dog Smoke House, located in Ventnor, has committed to offering up to 300lbs. of non-perishable food to JFS every week. In addition to accepting contributions from residents, they are working cohesively with vendors and distributors to purchase products at cost to assure ample donations.

As Water Dog Owner Steve Marchel said, “Less than a year ago, Water Dog opened its doors and residents welcomed us into their community. So, when the casinos and other businesses in our area closed, and the number of residents without a job skyrocketed, we understood the need for food would be great and wanted to help.”  He added, “I have a long-standing professional relationship with JFS and know the commitment they have for helping our community, so working with them on this project was the perfect partnership.”

Water Dog offers guests a craft casual dining experience filled with the flavors of locally smoked fine fishes and meats.  Diners will enjoy a made-to-order product that features the freshest ingredients.

“At JFS, we are grateful for the support from businesses like Rymax and Water Dog, who want to assure the employees from Atlantic City hotel/casinos as well as local residents overall, are well-taken care of, especially during the crisis each of us is experiencing now. By providing hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food, JFS is able to make certain the Pantry has a plentiful amount of food to provide to individuals and families in need,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about JFS programs or how you can get involved, contact 609-822-1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org.


About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.