The Kosher Food Pantry Needs Continue to Grow

April 26, 2022

The Kosher Food Pantry Needs Continue to Grow

As one of the only kosher food pantries in the Southeast, the Kosher Food Pantry at JF&CS ensures hundreds of families and individuals have food on their table. The pantry serves both Jewish and non-Jewish families, and strives to help kosher-keeping families have access to compliant foods despite financial limitations. Since the start of the pandemic, the need for food has grown exponentially. Two years later, with the rate of inflation and rising food costs, the needs have continued to grow.

According to Shelley Miller, Director of Career and Support Services: "We’ve been regularly distributing over 5,000 pounds per week, and we distributed over 7,000 pounds per week for last two weeks in April. Our pantry opens at 11 am, and there are already lines at 9 am. Many families depend on us. ”

The food we provide for families makes a real impact in the community. Below are some anonymous testimonials from some of our food pantry recipients:

"I don't know how I would manage without this - it means the world to me."

“The pantry has helped me a lot, everything is very fresh and good quality.”

“The pantry helps many families. Everything is very expensive now, and there is little work.”

“The pantry has helped a lot because things are really expensive these days, and I’m a single mother. This is a big help.”

You can help, too! We have a handful of dedicated and passionate volunteers that keep the food pantry running, and are always looking for more people who want to make a difference. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities on our volunteering page.

If you don't have time for volunteering, there's still more ways you can help. Next time you are at the grocery store, grab some more!
Donations do not have to be kosher.

Mitzvah Projects

JF&CS welcomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah children and those looking for other service projects to collect food for their project.

The food pantry is always looking for:

PROTEINS: Canned tuna or salmon in water (not oil), canned and dried beans, peanut and other nut butters, nuts and seeds

WHOLE GRAINS: Brown rice, whole grain cereals, brown rice, whole grain cereals, oats and instant oatmeal, whole wheat or brown rice pastas, and whole grain crackers

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: Canned vegetables and fruit (packed in water, not syrup), applesauce (preferably with no added sugar), raisins and other dried fruits.