A core Jewish value is to help those in need, especially those who are hungry. The farmer is obligated to leave a portion of his field for the poor and we are called upon to invite the “stranger in our midst” to our table and to share with them our meal. Family Table, a program of JF&CS provides more than 500 families every month with healthy kosher foods creating a caring Jewish connection and empowering people to make healthy eating part of their daily lives. They also provide personal hygiene products and special Jewish holiday items.
Support for “Family Table” offers our congregation many ways to fulfill this mitzvah throughout the year.
How can you help? The following are opportunities to help at “Family Table”.
Jewish Family & Children's Services
Family Table Food Pantry
The Need — Providing healthy, nutritious food to those in need.
As part of our community’s commitment to feeding the hungry, Temple Beth Shalom collects and donates 100 of cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon each month. Each month, please bring a can (or two or three) to TBS and place them in the Tikkun Olam Collection Drawers just outside the Community Hall. The food that we provide is critical in Family Table’s effort to provide nutritious groceries to families in need.
Donating Tuna and Salmon
The Need — Helping to provide healthy food and a connection to a caring Jewish community for those in need.
Tasks — The volunteer work to be done includes:
Helping to set up for food distribution
Packing grocery bags
Delivering groceries to people’s homes
Even young children can participate by helping to set food out or by placing Shabbat candles into small plastic bags. There’s a job for everyone!
Is there training? Family Table staff and other regular volunteers provide all of the necessary instruction. It is a very friendly and helpful environment. The staff makes sure that everyone is comfortable with the jobs that they are doing. For an online schedule of when to help, go to www.jfcsboston.org/familytableschedule.
Sorting Food and/or Delivering Groceries to a Family in Need