Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Philadelphia is answering a call to aid both furloughed government employees and JCFS clients dependent on government services.
The agency has scheduled an emergency meal preparation day for Wednesday, Jan. 23, at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center, 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd.
Meal preparation will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., while JFCS Clients Living with Disabilities is conducting challah baking from 4-7 p.m. to assure families in need of a challah to observe the Sabbath will have one.
Through its giving circle, The Bridge, JFCS is buying 200 supermarket gift cards for its care managers to distribute to those affected by the government shutdown, ensuring their clients have extra assistance to buy food.
Both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mitzvah Food Program and the Hebrew Free Loan Society are aiding the JFCS in this emergency response.
The food prepared Wednesday will be distributed in partnership with the Mitzvah Food Program, Main Line, at the Brodsky Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 24 before the pantry’s regular hours.
JFCS is seeking volunteers to assist in the food preparation. Those interested in participating can register at jfcsphilly.org/emergencymealprep.