CINCINNATI — Jewish Family Service is asking for the public’s help to fill their food pantry for families in need. They said there is a growing need for kosher food since the pandemic hit.
Jewish Family Service has seen a 20% increase in demand for emergency food assistance for Jewish families due to the pandemic. Nearly 200 households depend on this food pantry every year and it is the only pantry in the region that has a regular supply of kosher food, including meat.
Volunteers are not only asking the community to bring kosher items like canned salmon, cereal, fruit snacks and granola bars, but also personal care items such as body wash, deodorant and laundry detergent. Liz Vogel, CEO of Jewish Family Services, said they’ve been hearing from families who are usually the ones to give and now they’re the ones in need.
“No one wants to experience the kind of economic hardship that comes when you're locked out of your job, when you’re forced into a furlough or layoff through no fault of your own,” Vogel said. “This crisis is so big, it’s bigger than any one of us, and so it's time to pull together.”
You can find out how to donate items or make a monetary donation by visiting the Jewish Family Service website.