Free Summer Meals

If you have a school-aged student or know someone who does who will be in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals. You can also log in to https://www.endhungerct.org/summer-meals/ and type in a zip code and it will list the locations in the immediate area. Even if you aren’t in need, someone else’s kids are. No child deserves to go hungry, ever.

Stay Home During the Food4Kids Non-Event Fundraiser

You can Stay Home in Support of Food4Kids New Haven this November!  Food4Kids is hosting a “Non-Event” fundraiser this month allowing you an evening to do whatever you like.  We hope this evening will include a donation to this vital kids feeding program.

Food4Kids New Haven provides weekend supplemental food to 354 children in the New Haven school system.  For as little as $211, you can sponsor one student for a full academic year.  To sponsor a child or to make a donation to this program, please click here.    Be sure to choose Food4Kids in the drop down menu on the donation page.

September is National Hunger Action Month – Help Us Help Others

Food Collections to Benefit JFS Food Pantry During National Hunger Action Month

September is National Hunger Action Month and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, Inc. is participating by collecting non-perishable food to help stock its pantry shelves. Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to be a part of this national movement by donating non-perishable items to help feed the many local families in need of food assistance.

Some of the items most requested include:
Boxed pasta, Dried beans; Canned meats (chicken, Spam, turkey); Canned Fish (albacore tuna, salmon, chunk white tuna); Hamburger Helper; Rice mixes (Rice-a-Roni, microwave rice pouches); Grains (couscous, quinoa); Canned vegetables all varieties (beets, mushrooms, potatoes – sliced, whole or diced, corn, French style green beans, peas, lima beans); Tea and Coffee (especially Decaf); Soups of all types; and baking mixes.

On Friday, September 14th (National Hunger Action Day) the JFS Food Pantry & Nutritional Health Center will be open from 8-12 accepting donations.  In addition, non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the JFS Food Pantry (1440 Whalley Avenue) on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. or the JFS main office during non-pantry hours (please be aware that the Jewish High Holidays are in September so the offices will be closed on several days).

In addition, synagogues conducting food drives during the High Holidays are asked to please sort and remove any expired food before delivering.  To arrange a drop off day and time, contact Mara Ginsberg at mginsberg@jfsnh.org.   For additional information please contact Sandy Hagan at (203) 389-5599, ext. 121 or shagan@jfsnh.org.

Help FOOD4KIDS win a $10,000 award from Safeco Insurance

Safeco will feature an original story about FOOD4KIDS New Haven which is scheduled to run on Safeco’s social media sites for one week, starting Wed. March 28. Jewish Family Service supporters need to like, comment and share the story on social media at least 200 times during the week starting this Wednesday, and FOOD4KIDS New Haven will receive a $10,000 donation. FOOD4KIDS has already won $5,000 through this Safeco award, but your likes, comments and shares will double the award to $10,000.

Stay tuned on the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven Facebook Page to find out how to engage with the social media post.  A link to the post will be made live once it is available on Wednesday.

Thank you in advance for your likes, comments and shares of the social media story.

To learn more about the FOOD4KIDS program, please visit: https://jfsnh.org/programs-services/food-4-kids-program/

Food Pantry Provides Passover Assistance to Local Families

The JFSGNH Food Pantry and Nutritional Wellness Center provided Passover Assistance to more than 135 families in the Greater New Haven area.  On Sunday, April 17th, B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E. volunteers and community members packed more than 380 bags, of which JFSGNH received 135 to distribute.  The bags were filled with traditional Passover foods such as Gefilte fish, macaroons,  matzoh, chamomile/mint herbal tea, matzo ball soup mix, pineapple tidbits, chocolate-covered marshmallows, apple sauce, borscht with beets, mayonnaise, tuna, oil, potatoes, cucumbers in brine,  and grape juice, among other items.  Each family also received a grocery store gift card to help offset the costs associated with their holiday shopping needs.  

“It’s important to recognize those in our community who may not have the means to celebrate Passover,” commented Sandra Hagan, JFSGNH Food Pantry Director.  “Many families may not attend a traditional Seder and working with Harold Miller of Project Hope is one way we help local families acknowledge the holiday and traditions.”

JFSGNH Teams Up with Gateway Community College

The JFSGNH Food Pantry has teamed up with Gateway Community College and its Allied Health Program to help educate clients on healthy and nutritious choices. Students will be stationed at the  Pantry throughout this semester to meet and discuss with clients different ways to reduce sodium and sugar; how to read and understand nutritional labels; and how to make wise choices to help alleviate, or combat common illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.  Pictured are Nara Balbi and Michelle Taylor-Hall with their stock pot of heart healthy borscht and information regarding stroke prevention and key nutrients for health and wellness.