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March 25, 2016  RSS feed
Social Services

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Annual Operation Afikomen aimed at restocking food pantry

Operation Afikomen, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services’ semi-annual food drive, begins April 1 and continues through April 30.

Each year the GCJFCS needs to replenish the supplies in the William and Sally Israel Food Pantry, which is primarily stocked through donations.

“Our clients rely on the food pantry to help them feed their families. We have had an increase in clients with food insecurity and with cutbacks in food stamp programs, keeping the pantry stocked is a challenge,” said Gail Allen, Family Support Coordinator of Jewish Family Services.

Non-perishable items most needed include canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish such as tuna and salmon, hearty soups, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and rice, tomato sauce, cereal, powdered milk and sugar-free and low-sodium items.

Along with food, cash donations given to the pantry are a great benefit. When the pantry is very low, the program can utilize donated funds to purchase food from Feeding America. Other cash donations are used to help families buy perishable food items at the grocery; this is known as the Chicken For Shabbat program.

This year before the food from Operation Afikomen starts coming into the pantry, groups of employees from Macy’s Credit and Customer Service will be volunteering to clean the pantry for the third year in a row. Once they are done cleaning, they run their own food drive challenge with all of their employees with the proceeds going to the food pantry.

Drop off locations are:

• Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater • Chabad of St Petersburg, 4010 Park Street N., St. Petersburg • Chabad of Clearwater, 2280 Belleair Road, Clearwater • Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater • Congregation B’nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs • Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg • JCC of West Pasco, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey • Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, 13191 Starkey Road # 8, Largo • Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor • Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater • Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg

For more information contact Gail Allen at (727) 479-1806 or

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