The Family Table Mission
Family Table is a program of Jewish Family & Children's Service. "The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish Community while serving people who need our assistance regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives."
Family Table has grown dramatically in scope and breadth since its inception in 1993, helping 35 families in its first year to now providing groceries to more than 500 families each month in the Greater Boston area, and on the North and South Shores. Families served include low-income families, isolated seniors, including Holocaust survivors, disabled adults, and people struggling with domestic violence. In addition to monthly groceries, Family Table provides emergency food upon request.
The Family Table/TBS Partnership
With donations of specific food items from 70 collection sites such as Temple Beth Shalom, JF&CS Family Table provides kosher food, fresh produce, dairy products, kosher chicken, and Jewish holiday items, including Shabbat candles and Challah. Our synagogue is one of those partners, and we have committed to collect 100 cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon every month. The Family Table collection "bin" is in the Community Court near the coat closet, where you will find a set of donation drawers. Please help us fulfill our commitment to Family Table by bringing individual or multipacks of tuna or salmon when you come to the temple. Children are encouraged to bring a can when coming to attend religious school. Help us make a difference by feeding the hungry in our community!
Interested in Volunteering for Family Table?
Many in our community also volunteer to pack and deliver groceries at a Family Table distribution. It's a very impactful experience for children and adults alike. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please call 781-693-5593.
If Someone You Know Needs Help. . .
People who may benefit from JF&CS Family Table are referred by social workers, rabbis and other community representatives or they may apply for assistance without a referral. For information or an application for Family Table, please call 781-693-5593. Eligible candidates may also qualify for additional services provided by the Center for Basic Needs Assistance or other JF&CS programs. All information is strictly confidential.