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February 24, 2017  RSS feed
Social Services

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Gulf Coast JFCS spring food drive underway


Family Support Coordinator Gail Allen stands in the very lean William and Sally Israel Food Pantry at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. Donations to the pantry are needed to replenish the supply. Family Support Coordinator Gail Allen stands in the very lean William and Sally Israel Food Pantry at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. Donations to the pantry are needed to replenish the supply. Operation Afikomen, one of two major annual Jewish community food drives, begins March 1 and continues through April 10.

And Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services’ Gail Allen says it is imperative right now to replenish the William and Sally Israel Food Pantry.

“Our clients rely on the food pantry to help them feed their families and fill in the gap area between paychecks and food assistance programs. 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 Allen, Jewish Family Services’ family support coordinator.

The program relies on donated food to stock the shelves. Non-perishable items most needed include canned fruits, canned fish such as tuna and salmon, hearty soups, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and rice, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, cereal, powdered milk, and sugar-free and low-sodium items.

Cash and gift cards also are always welcome

Through cash donations, the food pantry can purchase additional food from Feeding America. Other cash donations are used to purchase gift cards to help families buy perishable food items and fuel cards to help with transportation. This is known as the Chicken For Shabbat program.

Donations can be dropped off at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd. Clearwater, the Federation office or at area synagogues.

For more information contact Allen at (727) 479-1806 or gail.allen@gcjfcs.org.


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