Jewish Community Food Fund
In Maryland, 1 in 7 children suffers from food insecurity. Carly* is one. She should be a carefree six year old, but her family is struggling to make ends meet. Both her parents work, and most months they manage to stretch their paychecks just enough to get by. But even a small unexpected expense can change all that. Last month, the roof stated leaking and the repairs were not covered by insurance. Suddenly, they found themselves using money meant for groceries to fix the roof. They knew that Carly was going to bed hungry and it broke their hearts.
Your gift to the Jewish Community Food Fund helps families like Carly’s weather these storms. Because of your generosity, we can give them grocery store cards to buy the food they need and our staff can provide them with service and resources to help them build a more stable foundation for the future.
* Names changed to protect confidentiality.
Please bring families in our community hope this New Year.
Give generously to the Jewish Community Food Fund.
May you and your loved ones be inscribed for a sweet and joyful year.
In appreciation of your gift, we offer a delicious holiday recipe.
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.