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September 23, 2016  RSS feed
Social Services

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Food bank prepares for holiday season with annual food drive

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is gathering food donations to restock the William and Sally Israel Food Pantry. The annual Operation Isaiah food drive is a major source of non-perishable food for the pantry.

The food pantry is a vital part of Gulf Coast’s services. This past year, Gulf Coast supplied food for more than 1,900 individuals and families, supported entirely through donations from the local community.

In 2015, the top three contributors were Temple Beth-El, which collected 2,171 pounds of nonperishable food for the pantry, followed close behind by Congregation B’nai Emmunah (1,640 pounds) and Temple B’nai Israel (1,000 pounds). During this past year, the value of all the food donations totaled to more than $34,500.

The food pantry replenishes its stock from two food drives it holds each year and from donations from individuals, synagogues and businesses. Items especially needed this year include: Canned fruit, tuna, salmon and sardines; hearty soups; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and sauces; rice and vegetarian beans; cereal and powdered milk; and sugar-free and low-sodium items.

The agency also encourages local youth groups, religious schools and families to add gift cards to the donation drive. These gift cards provide clients with the ability to purchase perishable food at the grocery stores. The most used gift cards are from Publix and Walmart. Those wanting to make a donation by check are asked to write “Food Pantry” on the memo line.

Operation Isaiah will run through Oct. 31.

Contact Gail Allen at (727) 479-1806 or for more information.

Drop-off locations in the Clearwater/ Largo area are: Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd.; Chabad of Clearwater, 2280 Belleair Road; Inn on the Pond, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd.; Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, and Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S. Belcher Road; Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, 13191 Starkey Road, Suite 8.

Drop off locations in St. Petersburg are: Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N.; Chabad of St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. N.; Philip Benjamin Tower, 250 58th St. N.; Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S., and Menorah Manor, 2555 59th St. N.

North Pinellas/Pasco County locations are: Congregation B’nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road., Tarpon Springs; JCC of West Pasco, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey), and Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road., Palm Harbor.

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