The Mae S. Gelb Kosher Food Pantry, established in January 2001, was developed to provide assistance with food and other necessary household items to families and individuals during times of significant financial stress.
Clients may also include the elderly who may be isolated and living on a limited income, unemployed adults in need of interim assistance and refugees who may be financially struggling as new members of our community.
Clients may make a self-referral to the Kosher Food Pantry or may be referred by family, friends and/or other social service agencies. If a client is known to this agency and receiving services in another program area, their caseworker or social worker may also refer.
An appointment must be made with an agency social worker or caseworker to complete a Kosher Food Pantry screening form. If determined that the client is eligible for pantry services, the worker will accompany the client to shop in the pantry area.
Pantry visits are limited to twice a month unless otherwise approved by the Executive Director. Staff must initial and note dates of visits to the Food Pantry on the screening form.
The Food Pantry is supported by donations from generous community members, synagogues and other Jewish organizations.
All efforts are made to follow strict kosher guidelines but each recipient of pantry services is responsible for checking items for acceptable Hechsher on the label.
Volunteers are a vital part of the Food Pantry and assist with shopping, sorting and distributing food packages. If you would like to volunteer, please visit our Volunteer page and fill out a contact form.
To schedule an appointment or for additional information, contact our office and a social worker will assist you or email [email protected]