IN THE NEWS: Addison Reserve donates Passover items to local pantry
Mar 19, 2013
More than 40 volunteers packed $20,000 worth of Kosher for Passover food this past week at the Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach.
The food was then donated to the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service to be distributed to Jewish families for the holiday.
The mitzvah committee of Addison Reserve raised funds for the project through a mass email sent to residents of the Addison Reserve Country Club requesting $100 per household.
"There are people in our community in need, and we know that," said Donald Kabat, chairman of Addison Reserve's mitzvah committee. "This event has grown recently, and over 75 people in total will be helping us package the Kosher for Passover items for the upcoming holiday."
The food purchased from Publix included matzah, tuna and gefilte fish, dried fruit and potato pancake mix.
The Addison Reserve mitzvah committee has hosted this event for the past six years. The food is being donated to more than 550 families from the Jacobson Family Food Pantry.
"This mitzvah project means a lot to the people in Addison because they are able to participate in tzedakah and in giving back to the community," said Sandra Perkins, co-chair of the committee.
In addition to the food pantry program, RRJFS also offers financial assistance, senior services, counseling, mental health services and volunteer opportunities.
"Unfortunately there are a lot of Jewish families in our community who are in great need," said Lori Warner, the outreach coordinator for the food pantry. "The kind of support that is being shown here today is a marvelous thing. This event is really meaningful, especially for the households that are the recipients of these basic Passover items."
Harriet Mironov, a volunteer from the Addison Reserve mitzvah committee, helped pack food last week. "We do this project every year," she said, "and it is our feeling that the best way to give back to the community is to help feed those in need."
To volunteer your time or donate to the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, visit http://www.ruthralesjfs.org.
Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information, contact 561-852-3333 or visit www.ruthralesjfs.org.