JF&CS Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry in New England, provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs.
The number of people we serve has doubled in the past several years as a result of the recession, and we are presently serving almost 800 individuals every month. Last year, we provided more than 18,000 bags of groceries.
Each household receives a complete set of healthy groceries including fresh produce, personal hygiene items, and Jewish holiday and ritual items such as challah and Shabbat candles. Given the documented link between good health and good nutrition, Family Table provides the healthiest food possible along with healthy recipes using food from our pantry to promote health among recipients.
In addition, Family Table connects clients to other JF&CS and community resources in order to provide holistic care. We serve individuals who come to us through referrals from JF&CS programs and the community. Every individual is treated with compassion and dignity.
Family Table relies on the tireless efforts of thousands of dedicated volunteers. Each month 65 area synagogues and day schools (including six new sites on the North Shore) collect, sort, pack, and deliver groceries for recipients. Families with children are welcome to volunteer. In this way, children experience hands-on tzedakah and truly come to understand that they can make a difference in the lives of others.
Hunger and Nutrition Initiative
Family Table and Nutrition Services are part of the agency-wide Hunger and Nutrition Initiative, which is devoted to alleviating hunger and improving nutritional health in economically, socially, and medically vulnerable groups of people in our community. This initiative has enabled us to be well poised to provide food and nutrition help during this persisting difficult economic time.
For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.
This program was funded in part by CJP.