Accessing JFS Services During COVID-19

Because of the need for staying at home and social distancing, Jewish Family Services has updated our policies to allow new and existing clients access to our confidential services without coming to the Jewish Federation building. In order to access services, potential clients must first speak with Jewish Family Services staff for a phone intake. For current clients needing to access the Food Pantry, please CLICK HERE to access our fillable order form. Order forms can be emailed to Rowan Kelley at

Jewish Family Services currently offers many services, including person-to-person calling for isolated individuals, assessment and referral to local social and human service agencies, advocacy and coordination of care, limited financial assistance, food assistance via delivery from our food pantry, and ongoing support and wellness groups online.

For current clients needing to access the Food Pantry, please Rowan Kelley at

If you would like to volunteer for Jewish Family Services, please contact Charmagne LaFortune at


General Needs

JFS welcomes any paper and food Items, preferrably with a hechsher. Please see below the list of items, of which we are currently in need. 

View Complete List of Hechshers

If you have a need for necessities, please contact one of our Jewish Family Service social workers on the directory page

Top 40 Items to Stock the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry

These items are always in demand and would be greatly appreciated as a donation at any time.













Additional Food Pantry Items

Below are examples of additional items distributed through our pantry and donations of such items would be greatly appreciated.


  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Cereal/Oatmeal


  • Soup Mixes
  • Low Sodium Soups
  • Various Canned Soups

Nutritious Snacks

  • Canned Nuts
  • Granola/Breakfast Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Dried Fruit

Condiments, Sauces & Spreads

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Spaghetti Sauce


  • Various Teas
  • Instant Coffee (and Decaf)
  • Tomato Juice & V8
  • Prune Juice
  • Fruit Juice

Paper Goods & Cleaning Supplies

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Tin Foil

Personal Care Items

  • Toothbrushes & Tooth Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Body Wash / Bar Soap
  • Adult Sanitary Items

Canned Fruits & Vegetables

  • Canned Low Sodium Vegetables
  • Green Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Applesauce

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