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Jewish Family & Children's Services Family Table Food Pantry

Providing food for the hungry is a core Jewish value.  In the Torah, the farmer is obligated to leave a portion of the field for the poor.  As well, we are called upon to invite the stranger to our tables and to share what we have.  Family Table, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, provides more than 500 families every month with healthy, kosher foods.  This essential Jewish connection empowers people to make healthy eating part of their daily lives. Family Table also provides items special to Jewish holidays, as well as personal hygiene products.

How can you help? Below, we describe two ways for TBS community members to get involved.


Monthly Tuna and Salmon Collection

The Temple Beth Shalom community has committed to collecting 100 of cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon every month.  This commitment is fulfilled when community members bring cans throughout the year. Please consider making this a regular part of your shopping and rhythm for when you come to TBS. Cans for donation may be placed in the “Tikkun Olam Collection Drawers” located 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.  Thank you!


Sorting Food and/or Delivering Groceries to a Family in Need

Members of our Temple Beth Shalom community are needed to help organize groceries and to deliver groceries to families in need throughout the Greater Boston area.  Volunteers help by setting up food for distribution, packing grocery bags, sorting donated groceries, and bringing groceries to people’s homes.

This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for all ages!  Even young children can participate by setting aside cans of food or by placing Shabbat candles into small plastic bags.

Training is provided by staff and experienced volunteers.  The JC&CS staff ensure that this volunteer experience is comfortable and meaningful for everyone.

For information about how you and your family might get involved, please go to

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