Jewish Community Food Fund
Jan* grew up in a happy home and married someone she thought would always provide for her and her two children. She stayed home to raise their kids and never worried about her family’s future. Suddenly, her world, her marriage and her financial stability crumbled when she learned her husband had been living a secret life. Their savings, retirement accounts, and the kids’ college fund were gone. Their home went into foreclosure.
After her marriage ended Jan took the only job she could find to try to support herself and her two teenage children, but the low-paying administrative job was not enough to cover their monthly living expenses. For a while she got by with the help of family members, but they couldn’t continue providing financial support.
Jan turned to JCS for help. She cried as she told her story, confiding that she felt ashamed and hopeless because just that morning she had to tell her children she didn’t even have enough money for groceries.
*Names changed to protect confidentiality
Please give generously.
Your gift to the Jewish Community Food Fund (JCFF) will bring renewed hope and peace of mind to vulnerable families in our community this New Year.
By Phone: 410-466-9200
In appreciation of your gift, we offer this delicious holiday recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Challah
Food insecurity is a growing epidemic across the country and in our community, affecting people of all ages. In children, food insecurity can affect their growth, development, behavior, and school performance. For older adults, the impact can be devastating to their physical and emotional health. Food-insecure elders are 53% more likely to have a heart attack, twice as likely to develop asthma and five times more likely to suffer from depression.
The monetary donations we receive allow us to provide shopping cards so individuals and families can buy groceries at local food markets, allowing them the dignity to choose the foods they need and to buy perishable items like milk and eggs. Our staff provide additional support services that help families find stability and rebuild their lives.
Please help. The Jewish Community Food Fund, our local response to hunger, depends on contributions from caring community members like you.
By Phone: 410-466-9200
Send a check made payable to “JCFF” to:
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Every gift is important. Every gift makes a difference. And we are truly grateful for the support of each contributor.
History of the Jewish Community Food Fund
(formerly the Kosher Food Pantry)
Founded in 1982, the goal of the Jewish Community Food Fund (JCFF), a program of Jewish Community Services (JCS), is to fight and prevent hunger in the Baltimore Jewish community. The Jewish Community Food Fund provides individuals and families facing economic hardship with grocery store cards for use at local food markets.
For many years, the agency housed an actual pantry, collecting donations of kosher food which were then distributed to needy individuals and families in the Baltimore area. Due to health considerations and space constraints, and to protect the dignity of people receiving assistance, in 2001, the agency decided to no longer collect or directly provide food items and instead request only monetary donations. JCS uses these funds to purchase the store cards, which are distributed to individuals and families needing assistance. These store cards give families the dignity of choosing the foods that they need and purchasing perishable products such as milk and eggs. In addition to receiving the grocery cards, JCS staff work with each person, providing services and resources to regain self-sufficiency. This combination of services addresses the basic daily needs of the clients, while treating them with dignity and respect.
JCS Contribution Cards
JCS offers beautiful contribution cards featuring the art of Smadar Livne.
To learn more or order cards, either individually or in packs, click here.