A kosher food pantry aiming to help wipe out Jewish hunger in Broward County
In Broward, 2,300 Jewish households – or 4,400 persons — reported an income below Federal poverty levels
1,800 Jewish households reported that they “sometimes” or “often” don’t have enough to eat.
2,500 Jewish seniors aged 65 and above are reported to be at or below Federal poverty levels
In Broward County 281,940 people — or 15.6 percent of the total population – are suffering from food insecurity, according to Feeding America’s 2014 Annual Map the Meal Gap Project, and 74 percent of these people are living at more than 200 percent below the poverty line. As families struggle to put nutritious – or any – food on the table, seniors are particularly at risk: one out of every seven Floridians aged 60 and older are facing the threat of hunger.
The Broward Jewish population is by no means immune to this scourge: 2,300 Jewish households – or 4,400 persons — reported an income below Federal poverty levels, according to the Jewish Federation of Broward County’s 2016 Jewish Demographic study. Twenty-five hundred of these are elderly aged 65 and above. In addition, 1800 Jewish households reported that they “sometimes” or “often” don’t have enough to eat.
Each month, Goodman JFS distributes food cards of between $40 and $100 to more than 350 Holocaust Survivors and Jewish seniors in need. In addition, our Kolot/domestic abuse program helps 44 Jewish women and 110 children per month gain access to food through our distribution of $1500 in food cards per month. While these activities help alleviate the strain of hunger, our professionals tell us they are not enough to lift these populations out of food insecurity.
Goodman JFS has already crafted a business plan, hired a director and secured a facility in Davie to house the Cupboard, a kosher food pantry that aims to help wipe out Jewish hunger in Broward County. We’ve begun the buildout of the facility, and are gearing up to begin operations, with our expected launch to the public in early spring 2017. The Cupboard – supported entirely by donations from the community — will source its kosher food from food drives, retail stores and Feeding South Florida. It will:
- Target JFS clients and the Jewish community, and provide emergency assistance and referrals to anyone who is hungry
- Be a second “front door” to JFS and intake portal for people in need to access other JFS services
- Serve 400 people in year one, 1,000 people by year three, and 1,500 by year five (depending upon support)
- Be stationed in a facility that serves as the “JFS Community Market,” where people come to “shop” for goods by appointment
- Be mobile and purchase a van/truck
- Recruit volunteers to make food deliveries to seniors and families not able to come to “The Market”
- Make deliveries and facilitate “pop-up pantries” in various locations around the county
- Recruit adults with disabilities to work/volunteer in appropriate functions
*Founders will be recognized on a plaque affixed to one of the Pantry walls. Founders and Sustainers will be recognized on the JFS/Pantry website and will receive regular updates and news on the Pantry’s progress.
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