March 2019 Newsletter
JFS Orlando's annual Restock Challenge begins tomorrow!
We challenge you to make your donation stretch further! During the Restock Challenge food drive, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group will generously match $0.50 for every $1 or pound of non-perishable food you donate to restock JFS Orlando’s  Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry , with a total match up to $10,000.
Do Donate:
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Snack Items
  • Tuna
  • Rice
  • Mac & Cheese
Don't Donate:
  • Expired foods
  • Rusty or unlabeled cans
  • Perishable items
  • Homemade items
  • Non-commercial canned or packaged items
  • Alcoholic beverages or mixes
  • Open or used items
Pick up paper collection bags or drop off donations in boxes at food drive partners, including local synagogues and Jewish agencies.

Or drop off food and make monetary donations
Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm to:
JFS Orlando – The George Wolly Center
2100 Lee Road Winter Park, FL 32789

Last year, the Restock Challenge collected enough donations to feed over 800 families! Please consider participating in our food drive and fighting hunger in Central Florida.
Make an even bigger impact!
An office or business food drive can be a fun team-building activity or a great social responsibility opportunity to get your customers involved.
Simply download our flyer and food drive planning kit below to get started.
Thank you for continuing to help fight hunger in
Central Florida!
Volunteers Needed
April 7, 2019
We still need 4 volunteers for our Publix (Maitland Place) sidewalk table on Sunday, April 7th 11am-3pm. Come help pass out flyers and collect food donations to support the Restock Challenge for the Pearlman Pantry! If interested, contact Cherryl Faye, Volunteer Coordinator, at 407-644-7593 ext. 239 or Volunteers@JFSorlando.org.
Coffee Connections
March 28, 2019
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Thank you to everyone who attended our last Coffee Connections! If you couldn't make it, join us next time on March 28th! Enjoy coffee, a light breakfast, and a tour of our center to learn about the positive impact of our various programs on the community.

JFS Orlando is part of the Giving Tag Program
We are excited to share that JFS Orlando is now participating in the Giving Tag Program !

  1. Visit any Winn-Dixie, Fresco y Más, BI-LO, or Harveys grocery store.
  2. Purchase a reusable Community Bag with a tag that features a blue heart with $1 in it.
  3. Follow the instructions on the attached Giving Tag to direct your $1 donation to JFS Orlando.
Nearby Participating Stores:
Winn-Dixie
7800 S US Hwy 17 92
Fern Park, FL 32730
Fresco Y Más
7382 Curry Ford Rd Orlando, FL 32822
Winn-Dixie
340 FL-434 #1034 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Every little bit helps us continue to support the Greater Orlando community!
The Power of Giving: Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
JFS Orlando takes a holistic approach to assisting families who come to us for help. Not only do we support them with the one need they came for, but we see if our other wrap-around services might benefit them as well. One program that many clients partake in, even if they come to us initially for rent assistance or counseling, is the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
In 2018, the Pantry provided food for more than 68,000 meals and served over 5,500 individuals.
The Pantry serves an average of 15-20 families a day, Monday through Thursday. It sees a particular increase in clients over the summer months when children are out of school and not receiving free/reduced-priced breakfast and lunch.

Clients are eligible to receive food assistance once every three months. They simply schedule an appointment, come in, fill-out a form and present a photo ID. Then, they receive a set of food depending on the size of their household. The Pantry serves anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status. Many clients come to the Pantry because they hear about it from friends or family, other community organizations, or through their participation in other JFS programs.
Read Janice's Story
Janice lives in senior living apartments and is on a tight budget. She doesn’t have a car anymore and was struggling to find reliable and affordable transportation to her doctor appointments. But one day, JFS Orlando's RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly) Coordinator visited her apartment complex to offer the program to residents. Janice was so grateful! She said, “It was a gift from God. It saved our lives.”

Soon after, Janice was also offered the JFS Holiday Meal Delivery Program. Volunteers visit her a few times a year around the holidays to deliver a meal and some goodies. “I get the holiday meal delivery too,” she said. “One time when they came to deliver it, they even asked to take a picture with me!”

Participating in both programs for a few years really helped Janice stay on budget and still receive the vital care she needed. However, money soon got even tighter due to recent family financial trouble. Janice needed to find other ways to alleviate her situation. Luckily, she found out that, in addition to the services she already received, JFS Orlando also had a food pantry that could help her. “This is my first time at the Pantry, but I plan to use it again. I’m so grateful we could come here to get food!”

Although Janice came to JFS Orlando for one program, she has found a host of helpful services to assist her in her time of need.
Did you know that we purchase 55% of the food in the Pantry from Second Harvest Food Bank?

JFS Orlando purchases food from Second Harvest Food Bank at a discounted rate, which means your $1 donation turns into $6 worth of purchasing power!

Plus, remember that during our Restock Challenge, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group will generously match $0.50 for every $1 you donate. Don't miss this chance to make your donation stretch even further!
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