Help for those struggling to afford healthy food

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The rise of food costs due to recent inflation has caused many more households to become food insecure. We know that not all Jewish families live in or near Providence where the Jewish Collaborative Services’ Full Plate Kosher food pantry is located, so we have decided to take the pantry on the road to help those across the state who are struggling to afford healthy food for their families.

This new initiative, Pantry Pop-Up, brings pantry products, including fresh produce, Kosher meats, non-perishables, common household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper) and more, to various locations around Rhode Island. The aim is to create a warm, welcoming environment filled with support to lift people’s moods and fill their grocery bags.

Here are scheduled upcoming locations:

Temple Shalom (223 Valley Road, Middletown): Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2-4:30 p.m.

Jonnycake Center (22 Kersey Road, Peace Dale): Tuesday, July 19, 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m.

Temple Sinai (30 Hagen Ave., Cranston): Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

If your synagogue is interested in being a host site for our Pantry Pop-Up, please connect with Carol Wild at 401-331-1244 or Cwild@jfsri.org. If your synagogue does not have a parking lot to be a host site, but you have congregants who would be interested in attending at another site, please let us know that, too. Your congregants do not need to keep Kosher to participate.

We are also looking for volunteers to join our team to help with Pantry Pop-Ups. Please reach out to volunteer coordinator Dori Adler at Dori@jfsri.org.

The Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry is a program of JCS. The Pantry Pop-Ups are generously supported by Grace K. and Wesley S. Alpert Charitable Foundation.

Submitted by Jewish Collaborative Services