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February 9, 2018  RSS feed
Social Services

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Food bank cupboards almost bare, seeks help to restock

Gail Allen stands in front of nearly empty food bank shelves. Gail Allen stands in front of nearly empty food bank shelves. The William and Sally Israel Food Pantry is nearly empty and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services is looking to the community to restock the shelves.

Gulf Coast’s semi-annual food drive, Operation Afikomen, gets under way next month, ending on the night of the First Seder, March 30.

When the pantry is very low, as it is now, the program relies on donated food to help those in need to get adequate nourishment.

“Our clients rely on the food pantry to help feed their families and fill in the gap area between paychecks and food assistance programs,” said GCJFS Family Support Coordinator Gail Allen. “We have had an increase in clients with food insecurity and with cutbacks in food stamp programs, keeping the pantry stocked is a challenge.”

The food pantry is available to all clients in Gulf Coast’s programs.

Non-perishable items most needed include: canned fruits; canned fish such as tuna and salmon; canned meats such as chicken; hearty soups; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and rice; tomato sauce; canned vegetables; cereal; powdered milk; boxed juices; and sugar-free and low-sodium items. Of course, cash and gift cards are always welcome.

Donations can be dropped off at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater.

Besides donated food items, Gulf Coast seeks cash donations, so the food pantry can purchase additional food from Feeding Tampa Bay. As part of its Chicken for Shabbat program,

Gulf Coast is also accepting cash donations that can be used to purchase gift cards to help families buy perishable food items at the grocery store and fuel cards to help with transportation.

For more information, contact Gail Allen, JFS/Family Support Coordinator, at (727) 479- 1806 or email

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